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Are You Underemployed and Seeking a Career Change?

Posted on April 7, 2014

By Vicki Maurer

I am currently employed but barely making ends meet.  I am considering going back to college to earn a degree but have no idea in what area.  I do know that I need to find a career that will allow me to support my family and a college that will help me identify that career, and offer me assistance in obtaining employment once I graduate.

Vicki Maurer, Director of Admissions at Keiser University’s Orlando campus, offered advisement to assist those who find themselves underemployed and seeking a career change for greater financial security.

Many Americans have suffered some hardship through the latest recession and some are finding their underemployment situation to be the catalyst for a career change.  Often times that career change is made possible through furthering one’s education; but how do you get started when you are already trying to make ends meet?

At Keiser University, there are resources and personnel to assist adults with finding an education and career path that may lead to opportunities for professional advancement.  Whether students are interested in discovering strengths, interests, abilities or talents, admissions counselors spend the time necessary to help each student make thoughtful determinations about future employment goals.

While Keiser University has aided many students with underemployment concerns, we know that each individual has a unique set of circumstances that can dramatically influence their education and career objectives.  Working with admissions counselors to identify the best degree program, and student services personnel to assist with placement services upon graduation, Keiser University takes a two-pronged, solutions-oriented approach.  Graduates are assisted with finding that “right fit” career and not just a job, and the staff is interfacing directly with local businesses and corporations to align the degree programs with the hiring needs of those employers.

As you evaluate your future career, considering visiting the student services or career placement office at the college you are planning to attend.  Fully understanding what services they offer while you are an active student and as an alumnus will allow you to better plan for your transition into your new career.  Some examples of the student services that you should expect include job placement assistance upon graduation, career fairs and networking events which provide opportunities to speak to prospective employers and develop a diverse contact list, and leadership distinction and professional workshops designed to cultivate and enhance certain skills that employers find desirable in a competitive job market.

If you still remain undecided about the career is best for you, consider whether your prospective college or university offers or requires externships that provide “hands on” experience as part of the curriculum within a specific degree program.  Look for career focused degree programs and research what employers are seeking in candidates for employment.  Your future is what you make of it and taking advantage of the ancillary support services colleges provide will help you to reach your career goals.

Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate