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How a Project Manager Became More Marketable with Career Training

Before starting her career training journey, Terry Lynn Miller was faced with a decision many face: family or career? As an experienced project manager, she loved her career, but she was facing a time when going to work was not as satisfying as it once was. With an aging and ill father, Terry chose to transition out of the workforce to spend time as a caregiver for her father.

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Student Spotlight: From Unemployment to IT Entrepreneur with IT Certifications

Anyone can write their own career success story. With the right training and professional certifications, you can open doors to new jobs or an entirely different career track. You can even build a foundation to start your own
business, which is exactly what Scott Landry, founder of LandryIT, did when he decided it was time to launch a new career.

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Career Training Expectations vs. Reality

Many people balk at the idea of career training. Much of this comes from the history and myths that surround career and technical education. From a historical standpoint, career training was referred to as vocational/technical education, and decades ago, it was thought of as just classes or schooling for people who weren’t on a traditional college track. Of course, this put vocational/technical education in a negative light. One myth surrounding these career training programs was that they did not provide a quality education. From there, people started forming their own opinions, and not many of them were favorable. However, data surrounding the career training of today dispels many of the negative myths. As it turns out, most of these myths are completely wrong:

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Four Reasons Career Training Trumps a College Degree

For most, a college degree comes at a high price and may leave students and their families saddled with crippling debt for years or even decades. This has been a recurrent story in the media and is now rising to the level of a significant political issue; presidential candidates are pointing to it as a problem for the economy overall and, according to a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times, many are even proposing debt relief. Politics aside, it seems we’re in the midst of a collective realization that college may be a waste, given that it’s far from a guarantee of a job after graduation.

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Does Your LinkedIn Profile Reflect Your Newly Acquired Career Training Certificate?

According to the LinkedIn blog, there are currently 20 million jobs posted on the network, ranging from entry-level all the way through executive positions. With numbers like these, finding a job that is right for you may not take a great deal of effort. However, when you find that perfect job opening, are you sure that your LinkedIn profile is going to capture the interest of a recruiter or hiring manager? Like with any other means of applying for a job, you want to make sure that you stand out from the rest of the applicants. To do that, your profile should include the career training certificate you worked so hard to obtain. Not only does LinkedIn give you the opportunity to showcase the skills and experience you obtained by earning this certification, but it also allows you to communicate with potential employers and can help you find that next job.

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