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By Erin Eagan

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Courtesy of Blackhawk Technical College

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a natural time of self-reflection for most adults. Have things gone the way you envisioned? Are you where you want to be? Are you working a job or a career you love? If not, then ask yourself why.

January 1 is the start of the new year, but it can also mark a new beginning. Maybe there is more you want to achieve in your current career, which requires more education and training. For adults thinking of going back to school, Wisconsin’s technical colleges have resources and services to help you succeed, including flexible classes, individual attention and job placement services. Start with our “Tips for Going Back to School.”

If you are someone who took a career path and discovered it wasn’t the right choice, maybe another career altogether would a better fit. If you don’t know where to start, our Career Interest Questionnaire can help you figure out what your next direction might be. Are you someone who likes to work with your hands, or are you more cerebral? Perhaps you have a strong desire to help others or use your creativity. Maybe you’re someone who likes to work with their hands, or maybe you don’t know. That’s okay, too.

Our 10-minute questionnaire about your interests will help identify which clusters (and career programs) might be the best fit for you. Based on activities you enjoy, your personal qualities and school subjects you like, the questionnaire ranks the 16 career clusters with scores based on your answers. The higher the score, the more likely you are to enjoy a career in that cluster. From there, you can explore all of the programs in that cluster offered by our colleges.

A technical college degree or certificate can take you in a variety of interesting directions, from manufacturing to marketing to EMT. Meet with a career advisor from your local college to discuss results and then determine the best options for you.