Flexible Learning Paths

Let's talk a little about flexible learning paths and why they are important to you. As the chart below illustrates, job hunters have different backgrounds, and in particular, varied levels of job search experience and knowledge.

It's probably obvious that no single approach will meet the needs of all three job hunters represented in the graph. This is where flexible learning paths come in. Each learning path incorporates various components of the eight-step job search process and provides a general framework for the learning process.

Job Search Highlights

To keep things simple, the graph covers only five factors that can influence job search learning and strategy. In reality, there are many more factors one could consider. This raises a logical question about which learning path a person should pursue.

Choosing a learning path isn't complicated. It's mostly a matter of knowing your own background and understanding what aspects of the job search process you are most comfortable with. A good place to start is to look at descriptions of the learning paths and decide which one best describes your needs. For convenience, we've summarized the learning paths in the following table:

As you review the details of each learning path, you may find that Path I meets your needs for some of the eight steps, Path II for other steps, and Path III for others. As mentioned above, it depends upon your particular background, needs and learning preferences. Don't hesitate to mix and match as you see fit.

Searching for a job is a dynamic process. As you progress through various phases of your job search, you'll likely realize you know more than you thought you did about some steps, and less about others. For this reason, you should feel free to adjust your learning along lines that make sense to you.