Choosing to make a career change in the current economy is not a decision to make lightly. Of course wherever the decision for a career change is one you made for yourself or one that has been made for you makes all the difference in the world.
If you have suddenly found yourself without a job, you will need to consider where you want to go from here. Be realistic. And be honest. Determine what your good qualities are as well as what your bad qualities are. And think about what you may really want to do. If it is possible it is always good to consider something you have an interest in or are passionate about as a career. Having the luxury of enjoying your job is worth a great deal if you have to work for a living.
Are you able to transfer something you care about to a career change? For instance if you really have a need to take care of people, you may be thinking about a nursing career. There is certainly a lot of responsibility in nursing, but if you are able to deal with it and you are able to make decisions quickly, this could be the perfect job for you. There is no doubt that you can consider this a long term career, there is always going to be a need for nurses. And you can pretty much write your own ticket. You can go anywhere in the country and you can choose to specialize and make more money than regular nursing.
If you are considering nursing as a career change, unless you are already in the medical field, you will need more education. The best place to begin is with your local college, university or training center. They can advise you what you need to be able to get the certification you need to begin your new career as a nurse. Of course you will need to be sure that the training program you choose is recognized by the hospital or medical center you are choosing as a potential employer. Some of the programs work in conjunction with hospitals and medical centers, they provide the practical experience needed and often they will provide employment after you get your certification.
If you do not have a career change in mind already, you may decide that starting a business of your own is the best course for you. Of course, you will want to consider a business of your own very carefully. You will need to determine if the business is something that is needed. If it is a proven business, is it still a necessary business, or is it on the down swing? The computer industry has been very lucrative but there have been so many changes to the manufacturing of computers, that many of the suppliers and employees are no longer needed. You need to be realistic when you are thinking about your career change, do not start a business that will end up like the computer manufacturers.