What credentials do you need for the dream jobs out there? Here are ten ways to discover the credentials you need for the jobs you want, even if you’ve already had a career and are finally admitting that it wasn’t the best choice for you. There’s time to make a change.

1.Start With a Few Lists

The first step in deciding on a degree is to choose the jobs you think you might want. Make a list of the jobs that sound interesting to you, but stay open to the possibilities you didn’t even know existed. For each job, make another list of the questions you have about it. Be sure to include what kind of degree or certificate you’ll need to land those jobs.

2.Take Some Assessments

There are talent, skill, and interest tests you can take that will help you identify what you’re good at. Take a few of them. You might be surprised by the results.

The Strong Interest Inventory is available online now. This test matches your answers with people who answered like you, and tells you which career they chose.

Most of the online career tests are free, but you have to provide an email address and often a phone number, and you know what that means. You’ll be getting some spam.


One of the best ways to find the right job is to volunteer. Not every job is conducive to volunteering, but many are, especially in the health field. Call the main switchboard of the business you’re interested in, or stop by, and ask about volunteering. You might discover immediately that you don’t belong there, or you might find a rewarding way to give of yourself that lasts a lifetime.

4.Be an Apprentice

Many industries that require specific technical skills offer apprenticeships. Health care is only one of these. The Career Voyages website describes a health care apprenticeship:
The Registered Apprenticeship model is well suited to many occupations in health care. The model helps participants attain high performance through a cohesive process which links formal instruction in the form of a degree or certification with on-the-job learning (OJL), guided by a mentor. The apprentice goes through a structured program established by the employer that includes incremental wage increases until he or she completes the course of training.