The DFW area has been known for its ability to bounce back as shown in the most employment figures from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth has employers looking for candidates that can do the jobs of tomorrow. Are you posed for those positions?

Our world is changing at an incredibly fast rate and advancements in technology are shaping the jobs of the future. Long gone are the days of street lantern lighters and cobblestone street makers. Today’s jobs and tomorrow’s jobs require advanced education and it is never too late to go back, retool and try something new.

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Marissa Stone switched her educational focus in the middle of her master’s program. The change from a parent education program to a technology-based program is putting her in a better position to market herself. “I believe there is no such thing as a bad investment in yourself. Choosing a field that creates a more marketable you while allowing you to pursue your passion is the ultimate key to success. You never know what opportunities might be available and you better be prepared to open the door when it comes knocking,” Stone said.

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Toni Light worked as a marketing director but found the position unfulfilling for her. She went back to school, became a nurse and is now looking at master’s degree programs in nursing. She believes the rewards will be monetarily and work flexibility. “I will have the opportunity to make as little or as much money as I want based on how much I want to work. With all the upcoming changes that health care is facing, it provides job security,” Light said.

“It is never to late to do what you love. It is never too late to find your passion. I know people who are miserable in what they are doing. It is important to find what feeds your soul. It is OK to change careers even if you’re in your 50s. It took me over half my life to find my passion,” said Brian Cuban, a former attorney who found his passion as the administrator of the Fallen Patriot Fund and as a motivational speaker.”

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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com