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4. Career, Education, and Skills

c. Achieve your income goals: instead of job…think career!  

If money, skill or education were not a factor, what kind of work would you want to be doing? Thinking about this can help you find a career that you are passionate about. Passion often translates to more energy and enhanced creative problem solving, often leading to higher incomes.

Changing jobs
One of the most drastic ways to increase your income is to change jobs or careers to find higher paying career. However, as you begin to think about the possibility of changing careers to improve your income, remember:
  • You need to get into a field that is in demand.
  • You need to get the skills or education to be eligible for those high-demand jobs. 
  • Getting the degree or certificate does not automatically get you the money – you must truly have learned the skills.
  • Having the skills merely opens the opportunity for increased salaries – you must still perform on the job.
  • You may have to re-locate or start at an entry-level position to secure the job you love.

College In Colorado offers a Transferrable Skills Checklist tool that helps you analyze your skills to determine possible new opportunities.

Here are some tools that will help you find a career to best showcase your strengths while also meeting your income goals:
  • College In Colorado's career planning tools are designed to help you choose a career that meets your interests and aptitudes. You'll also find information about college planning to make your career goals a reality.
  • The Department of Labor provides information about fields that are in high demand.  The site also shows education level required, average salaries and how many openings are anticipated in the field for the next year state by state.
  • O*Net serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
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