Have a career goal in mind? See if there are any skills gaps as you move from one career to another.
You know your career goal, but will you need any training to get there? One way to find out is to see if you have any skill gaps. A skill gap happens when the skills you have do not match up to the skills needed for the new job. A skill gap can also happen when the level of skill required is higher than your past experience.
Skill gaps are common. Related careers share many qualities, but there will often be areas that need to be learned.
One way to determine your skill gaps is to take a skills assessment. Many tools let you compare a career you have had in the past with a new one and see where the gaps are. Here are two tools you can use to do this:
This national tool helps users find and explore new career options by focusing on skills. It identifies the transferable skills you gained from previous jobs and shows you career options based on those skills.
Used in a slightly different way, the tool can also help you identify your skill gaps. Here are the steps to follow:
Most gap areas will also include a link to "Find Training for this Gap" that will connect you with training options.
Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool (JOBSTAT)
JOBSTAT is a Minnesota tool to help you find careers that are a good match for you based on your work experience. It also has a skills gap function. Here are the steps to follow:
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