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Planning for Your Next Career Step
Posted by Fay Craton on Aug 12, 2012 - 6:56:47 AM

LOS ANGELES“The old way of getting ahead in the world just does not work for me,” one of the LMU Extension students stated recently. “I want a job where I can make a difference!” Do you feel the same way?  Are you tired of what you have been doing? 


If this describes you, it might be time to change careers. It may be time to align your talents and skills with your values and hopes. To do this, you need to make a change which for many people could create anxiety.  One way anxiety can be managed is by looking at your goal and putting a good plan into place.


Think about your strengths. What do you really love doing? What talents do you have which may benefit your community? When you use your strengths you are more likely to thrive. Once you identify what you are good at, create a plan as to how to move into the job you desire. Breaking your goal down into small steps will make it much easier to achieve. 


One of those steps may be returning to school to gain a certification or to simply polish up a skill set you already have. Many people are hesitant to return to school because of uncertainty. If school worries you, take a breath. Think about the difference your new skill can have for your career and the world around you.  Consider how the friends you make while attending classes will strengthen your networking ability. A frequent statement from LMU Extension students is, “Thank you for putting together such a great program.  It has been life changing for me.” LMU Extension has a lot of experience helping students make the transition back into classes.


So how do you decide where to take courses? What makes a good school? A desirable program takes into account the skills you need in order to succeed and will treat each unique student with respect.  When you look at programs, there are certain questions you need to ask. What is the reputation of the school in serving the needs of its students? Will I achieve quality education or will I be placed into an education mill which only cares about money? Do the instructors have a passion to see the people they are teaching flourish? 


You can find answers to the questions by talking to students who have taken courses at the school you are thinking of attending. Another way is to contact the school’s staff and explore what the course includes and how the course will help you reach your goal. A good school will take the time to listen to you. When on the school campus, you should feel like you matter as a person. 


Targeted training in a supportive setting can help move you toward what your heart wants to do. LMU Extension is an excellent place to get your training. Students consistently describe to the staff at LMU Extension the happiness he or she has resulting from taking their courses. LMU Extension courses have been designed with you specifically in mind. 


Careful thought is placed into what information will best support you to excel in your chosen field. At LMU Extension you are treated as a unique person who is ready to excel in life. The types of courses you can find at LMU Extension include on campus courses and workshops for alcohol and drug counselors, nonprofit fundraising, human resources management, yoga instructors, creative writing, music, studio arts, religion, and spirituality. In addition, many online courses are offered for professional development. 


A good starting place to explore what LMU Extension has to offer is to look at their website (  Or you can phone (310-338-1971) and ask questions about courses.  When you enroll into a course before Labor Day, you can receive a $10.00 discount on any LMU Extension course by using the code CanyonNews082012.  So contact the staff at LMU Extension today, and explore how you can polish what you already have within you.


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