Job Service North Dakota recently announced that November job openings in the state were down almost 22% compared to a year ago. As of November, there were still 15,901 open and available positions. This means that there is one unemployed person for every two job openings, so plenty of career opportunities for the taking.
Fargo received national coverage for its career opportunities when featured in a recent Fortune article in which SmartAsset ranked the city third out of all U.S. cities for the best career opportunities. Fargo’s jobless rate is one of the lowest in the country, a mere 3.3%. Growth has been fueled in party by the oil-and-gas boom of recent years and by big employers in the fields of education and health care. More importantly, SmartAsset noted that, “Workers who remain for the long term also receive a significant boost, as late-career salaries are 21% higher on average than early-career salaries.”
Do you feel stuck in a rut in your current role at work? Perhaps you now master your responsibilities and want to grow in a new role or organization. Dale Carnegie said, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” So, when considering a career change, what are your thoughts and fears?
Here are three common fears many of our graduates shared before embarking on a career change.
- Fear of public speaking. If this fear is holding you back from pursuing a promotion or new job opportunities, you are not alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the #1 fear in America. At Dale Carnegie Training of North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota, we are dedicated to helping people reach their professional and personal potential. Our tried and true techniques are based on the Human Relations principles penned by Dale Carnegie himself in his best-selling book which was published in 1936, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’ In the Dale Carnegie course, you will not only learn how to feel confident when speaking in public, but also how to strengthen interpersonal relationships and communication skills –and minimize stress.
- Scared of sales. Perhaps your current role has enabled you to learn about your organization’s products and services inside and out. You secretly dream of selling those products and services, and yearn to earn the kind of income you’ve seen the salesforce reap for so long. Your fear stops here as our Winning with Relationship Selling course is a comprehensive and proven sales process that will give you tools you need to sell well.
- Apprehensive about managing people. If the next succession step is a managerial one, but you are not sure you are ready, fear not. The Leadership Training for Managers course is proven to arm current and aspiring managers with the skills required to motivate the modern team.
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