Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break

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By Kathy McAuliffe

So you have been out of the workforce for the past 10 years.  Perhaps you were child-rearing, or tending to an ill family member who has now passed away.  Maybe you were serving in the armed forces, or running your own fishing boat business in the Bahamas.

Now you want to go back into the world of “work.”  If you approach it the right way, you can make it a less difficult and time-consuming process; however, it will take planning and preparation before you even start your job search.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the plunge.

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Overcoming Your Fear of Going Back to School

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You may be thinking about going to back to school to obtain new skills or credentials, but does the thought of going back to school make you uneasy? Maybe a little scared?

If so, you’re not alone in feeling that way. Here are some of the most common concerns people have about going back to school, and why you shouldn’t let them stop you! (more…)

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Building a Better Life in a New Country: A Success Story

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The star of this job search success story is Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga, who received a grant for CNC machine training, as well as other employment services from the DuPage County Workforce Development Division, located in the workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle, IL.

When Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga first came in to the workNet DuPage Career Center, he was, as would be expected, somewhat discouraged. He needed to find a way to make a better living than the $10.00/hr. he had most recently been making.

Nevertheless, Jean-Pierre managed to remain positive. He never lost sight of the ultimate goal — completing school to upgrade his skills, and getting back to work. To say the least, this was not easy to do, with a wife and four children depending on him. (more…)

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Financial Aid 101: What You Need to Know to Pay for School

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During your job search process you may decide to pursue training to increase your marketability. Many employers value job candidates who have obtained new knowledge or skills. Whether you are adding new credentials to your resume or attending college for the first time, it is important to be knowledgeable about the options available to help pay for your education. (more…)

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