A New Career Path
You’ve decided on a new path, and the future is bright. But where do you begin? Here are some suggested resources to get you pointed in the right direction.
The Career Planning Process: Follow these simple steps to find which career path is right for you.
LearningExpress Library: Take comprehensive, interactive online practice exams for academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Registration is required.
O*Net Online: A career exploration and job analysis tool, find detailed descriptions of various occupations and industry information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: A nationally recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
SCORE: Schedule an appointment for free career counseling to help you “crystallize your ideas, sharpen your focus, develop your entrepreneurial spirit and answer difficult questions.”
Career Options Research Center: Find information on salaries, job growth, required education levels and more compiled be resume guru Susan Ireland.
Universal Class: Take online courses in more than 500 areas of study from algebra to yoga. Qualifying courses offer continuing education units (CEUs). Library card number required.
Lynda.com: Learn software, business and creative skills with thousands of online video courses from Lynda.com. Library card number required.
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS
You’ve got a fabulous new idea for a business, and you’re ready to be your own boss. Use these resources to help your idea come to fruition.
Business Planning: Take these free online courses provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration to help you develop your business plan.
Business Source Premier: View company profiles and full-text articles from more than 2,000 business publications. Library card number required.
Colorado Business Resource Guide: Find check lists, tax information, bookkeeping and marketing info, and so much more from one of the most comprehensive start-up guides in the nation.
Lynda.com: From measuring performance to project management to innovation insight, Lynda.com offers thousands of in-depth business tutorials from industry experts. Library card number required.
ReferenceUSA: Research businesses and find sales prospects with extensive mapping tools. Library card number required.
SCORE: Not only is it a valuable resource for career counseling, SCORE also advises on start-ups and is staffed by successful business leaders willing to share their own experiences.
Small Business Association Colorado District Office: Search tools, services and local resources available through the SBA’s Colorado District Office.
Small Business Development Centers: Sign up for free, confidential counseling or various training programs offered through Colorado Small Business Development Centers.
Small Business Resource Magazine: View the most complete guide to starting and expanding your business. Find information on local regulations, government loans, training and assistance, and business advocacy.
Universal Class: Browse hundreds of tutorials to increase your savvy in topics like delegation, advertising, marketing, budgeting and more. Library card number required.