Expand Skills

Get Job Skills

Increasing your job skills is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of finding a job and being competitive in the workforce. Employers like applicants who learn new skills, and they also like employees that are constantly learning new skills on the job.

There are some things you can do to expand your skills now.

  1. Get to know people in your field and network.
  2. Go to your library and read books about your field.
  3. Volunteer in your field or in a field that interests you.
  4. Find out about free or low cost classes offered by your local Career One Stop office. They may know of computer or other job skill classes.
  5. If you don't have a high school diploma, finish your GED.

Online Resources to Expand Skills

How to Gain Skills

Do you have the skills that employers want? Not sure? One of the best ways to expand your skills is through education. Make sure that your education connects to occupations that fit your interests and skills. Here are some steps to help you explore the right education for you.

Identify the skills in occupations that interest you.
Using the Occupational Skills (pdf) list your desired occupations and the education needed. List the skills you possess that are required for that occupation. List the skills you need to acquire. Use the School Research Worksheet (pdf) to organize your research on schools.

If you are currently working and looking for a better job:

Pay for Your Education

Can you afford the education you need to achieve your goals? You have many options to get training or a degree. Start planning how to pay for your education.

Before you apply to schools, update your budget. Know how much you can afford to pay for training.

What are your financial aid choices?
Many students get financial aid that is used to pay for tuition, books, or other costs.

Types of Financial Aid
Grants and scholarships are awards you don't have to pay back. Grants mostly come from the government, such as the Federal Pell Grant. Scholarships can come from a school, community group, business, or the government. Some scholarships are for people who don't have much money. Others are for people who are good at sports, have good grades, or have a special talent. Check with the school you want to go to for scholarships that fit you.
There are many kinds of loans. Each has a different interest rate and rules. Some well-known loans are the Stafford, Perkins, PLUS, and SELF.
Work study might offer you a method of working to pay for some of your tuition or the cost of books.

Online Financial Aid Resources

Keep Advancing Your Career

Successful people keep learning. At every step, think about how to expand your skills. You’ll impress employers. You’ll also feel more confident.

Expand your skills while in school.

Getting good grades is not enough to impress most employers. Get involved in activities to expand your skills now. When you graduate, you'll be better prepared to look for jobs.

Stay current in your field.

All workers should look at their skills and improve them.

 You are now ready to move on to Step 5: Find a Job.