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Launching a new career often requires new skills. But career specialists often advise that you don’t forget your old ones.

Successful career moves are often built on skills already acquired through work and school, then transferred, adapted, and advanced for different industries and professions.

Specialists say successful career planning begins with a skills assessment, followed by an analysis of how you might line up your skills, interests, and values and acquire additional skills to make career dreams come true.

Skill assessment tools can be found online, including O*Net OnLine, a partner of the federal government’s American Job Center.

At the right are the stories of three people who found ways to turn their existing skills into new careers, with the help of continuing education.


Joan Axelrod-Contrada can be reached at joanaxelrodcontrada@gmail.com.