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.