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Millions of people feel stuck in ruts every year and turn to education to get the jobs they want. But as they say, knowing your destination is critical before you start your journey. This is particularly true with continuing education. Choosing the right degree program is highly dependent on what career you want to pursue.

Therefore, the first step in a career transition that will use education as the doorway of opportunity is understanding what careers are right for you. People often turn to career coaches who give them assessments to determine their strengths and weaknesses and identify the opportunities that best fit their character. But this can cost thousands of dollars. Thankfully, there are online resources that can help you down a similar path. For example, eLearners.com, in cooperation with LiveCareer, offers a free career assessment (www.elearners.com/resources/self-assessments.asp). Through this tool, you can:

1. Identify the best careers for you. An assessment tells you what jobs are out there. The test allows you to uncover the tasks, experience, education, and training needed for your next career move. It's an essential tool for making tough career decisions and finding careers you otherwise might not explore.



2. Focus your efforts. There are 36,729 possible careers in North America and 284 academic majors; with so many choices, it's hard to know where to begin. That's where a personal assessment can help by narrowing down your search. The eLearners assessment report displays both a graphical and text-based interpretation of your results and gives you access to a wealth of career information.

3. Prevent costly career mistakes. Pursuing unclear career objectives or stagnating in dead-end situations costs you money. By taking a career assessment, you find the job that allows you to be productive, happy, and self-confident.

In only 25 minutes, you can identify your highest and lowest career interests and receive a workplace-fit analysis. This exercise can help you find a dream job, learn about your work personality, and avoid costly career mistakes.

Once you have identified your destination, it is much simpler to find the right educational path to get you there. eLearners.com offers an extensive database of more than 2,000 online degrees, online colleges, and online universities. Prospective students can search the database to find the programs that match their career-assessment recommendations.

Finding the right job is a journey. It usually doesn't happen overnight, but there are steps you can take to speed up the process. Figuring out your strengths and weaknesses is a great first step. If you feel like your career path has led you to a dead end and you're ready for change but not sure where to begin, click here. It's a free test, but the answers could pay off for a lifetime.

About the Author:

Andrew Gansler is the president of eLearners.com, a division of Halyard Education Partners, LLC, providers of the leading web service for connecting learners to online education and other distance-learning resources. Gansler has been instrumental in strategic planning and management, as well as the day-to-day operations of eLearners during a period of record growth and expansion. Prior to assuming his role as president, Gansler served as chief operating officer at eLearners.com, and prior to that, he served as a member of the eLearners board of advisors, where he provided guidance in strategic planning and overall business development.

Gansler came to eLearners with more than 12 years of management consulting experience. As a senior manager in Grant Thornton, LLP's management consulting practice, Gansler provided a variety of strategic business, process, and technology consulting services to middle-market and growing firms in diverse industries including real estate, manufacturing, government, and financial services.

Throughout his tenure at eLearners.com, Gansler has provided formal and informal advice and guidance to postsecondary higher education institutions in the areas of online marketing and recruiting strategies. He has been a featured speaker at a variety of education conferences focusing on adult and distance education and has presented at conferences hosted by UCEA, Sloan-C, NAGAP, and the AMA. He has also served as an advisor to the investment community, providing views on the current and future state of online higher education.

Gansler obtained his M.B.A., with distinction, in Finance and Information Systems from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. He currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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