Crossing the Digital Divide: Networking and career development for online learners
So a while back, you decided to change careers. After a period of frustration and trying different things, you finally decide that the first step to a successful career change is to get a Master’s degree at Roosevelt University for example, in Training and Development. Congratulations! The first step on the journey to the new career is complete. But now what? You may ask yourself…How do I grow my network of colleagues and gain industry experience sitting on my sofa at home taking online classes? It is a valid question. It is an important question to ask if you don’t work in the new field and don’t have contact with other professionals in the field. You are ready to immerse yourself in a new career but where do you start? The good news is that all you have to do is to look around Roosevelt University and take advantage of what the school or your department has to offer.
- Career Development Center. Get off the sofa, and make your way to the Career Development Center and have the nice professionals look over your resume and help you rewrite it so that it reflects your new skills and abilities.
- Career Fairs. The Career Development Center organizes fairs on the campus and you should take advantage of this opportunity. Meet other job seekers and connect with potential employees. Even if you do not make job contacts, you will leave with a headshot (for free!) taken by a professional photographer that you can include on your LinkedIn page.
- Department blog. The Training and Development department has its own blog. You know that of course because you are reading this post but other departments are sure to have similar blogs where various topics pertaining to your field are discussed. The rutraining.org blog is worth visiting for many reasons besides getting the extra 5 points in some classes. Treat it as an additional source of information regarding current topics in the Training and Development field and a place where you may find a job. Check out the job postings often because you never know what opportunity may be posted there.
- Reach out to your classmates. This seems like a simple piece of advice but just because you are taking online classes does not mean that you cannot create deeper connections with your classmates. Start building a circle of new friends and fellow professionals that can support you in your career choices
What other pieces of advice would you add to this list?
What have you found to be the most helpful in your transition between careers?
What is your most valuable piece of advice to help other find new jobs?