You’ve probably seen the Raleigh-Durham area ranked highly in survey after survey.  “Best Places to Live”“America’s Next Boom Towns”“Top Moving Destinations”.

Raleigh Best City for Jobs

Should you feel bad if you live in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or any of the Research Triangle region and yet want a career change?  Shouldn’t you feel fortunate you even have a job?

No matter where one lives, there are many reasons why adults consider a career change.  Often, the primary reason has to do with dissatisfaction with one’s current situation.  But why are people so unhappy at work?  Why are we so afraid to leave a job that makes us so miserable?

It starts with our fear of change.  It’s harder for some people more than others, but change is tough – whether it is change in a relationship, career, or trying to break a bad habit.  Researcher Dan Gilbert writes, “Human beings come into the world with a passion for control, they go out of control the same way, and research suggests that if they lose their ability to control things at any point between their entrance and their exit, they become unhappy, helpless, hopeless, and depressed.”

Our fear of change that keeps us from leaving a job is also one of the things that makes us discontented at the job.

Maybe you don’t think you make enough money.  You can’t get ahead.  You simply don’t like the work.  You work too hard.  You hate your boss.  You’re not appreciated.

The Raleigh-Durham area also ranks high specifically when it comes to technology.  “Hottest Spot for Tech Jobs”“Hottest Startup Hubs Outside of Silicon Valley”.

This is good news for those living in or moving to the Raleigh-Durham area, because the Information Technology field is ripe for career changers.  Where degree programs can take years to complete, many companies have seen the value of skills-based certifications as a path to entry.  Take this quote from Crain’s NYC Summit on November 1, 2016 from New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop:

“Tech Companies are looking for skills, not academic credentials”.

IT certifications are skill-based credentials that can be obtained in a shorter period of time and can be an attractive option for career changers.  With North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park located in the Raleigh-Durham area, there are many technology companies looking for certified applicants.

Carolina Career College is sponsoring “How to Change Careers in 7 Steps” November 14th in Fayetteville and November 19th in Durham.  Register for one of these upcoming events or click here to schedule a career planning session.


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