Career Change Resources

This page is my home for the career change resources I find myself sending out to my clients. It’s not comprehensive, if there’s something you think I should add, please suggest it to Empower.Together.Consulting ( at ) gmail.com. Links with an * may be especially relevant to mid or late career professionals.

Reading

*Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck is my favorite book about finding the right career with a great framework and helpful exercises. This is an especially relevant book if you’re a skilled professional making a career change or if you’re not sure what you want to do.

Job List-Serves

Note that most people get their jobs through networking, but it’s helpful to know what’s out there.

* Idealist is the go-to place for job postings. You can set it up so they’ll send you jobs that match your interests. www.idealist.org

*The New Organizing Institute’s job board is a great site for organizing jobs. More about NOI below. http://neworganizing.com/jobs/

* The Union Jobs Clearinghouse is a great source for union jobs and some community organizing listings. http://www.unionjobs.com/

* LinkedIn is getting really good at showing jobs linked to experience and interests in ways that other sites can’t. You should have a profile up, but can also set up emails with jobs that match your interests and use it for networking. https://www.linkedin.com/

*Young People For has a page of career resources including a collection of job listserves where you can join to get listings of non-profit or other progressive jobs (including Jobs That Are Left and more) http://www.youngpeoplefor.org/paoresource

* Scion Staffing is a non-profit staffing agency that has a posts a wide range of positions from Executives to temporary and consulting positions. This page has a good list of nonprofit job boards. http://scionnonprofitstaffing.com/09/job-links

* The Midwest Training Academy has a great job board you have to go visit (as opposed to a listserv): http://www.midwestacademy.com/involved/jobs-organizing/

Diversifying Tech

* Black Girls Code’s vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

*Hack the Hood (Bay Area) provides technical training in high in-demand multimedia and tech skills to youth who will then apply their learning through real-world consulting projects with locally-owned businesses and non-profits. 6 weeks sprint. http://www.hackthehood.org/

*Hackbright Academy (Bay Area) Hackbright Academy offers a full-time, part-time, and weekend developer courses and workshops in San Francisco, CA. Scholarships available. http://www.hackbrightacademy.com/courses/fellowship

*Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Depending on the local economy and opportunities, many careers are in information technology or financial services. http://www.yearup.org/

*#YesWeCode has a goal of recruiting hundreds of grassroots training programs and teaming up with major technology partners, celebrities and political leaders to promote the goal of training 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level computer programmers. They have a search function that lets you find  programs near you teaching coding. www.yeswecode.org/

I’m Julie Roberts-Phung, a parent, longtime organizer for social justice and career and leadership coach. If you’re curious about coaching, you can book a free, no-obligation sample strategy session to ask questions and try it out.