Career Options

Get tools and information to help you move into a career in a growing industry, such as telecommunications or energy, and map out your path forward. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) offers online, industry-specific resources to help you understand your career options.

Reroute Your Career Path

The traditional "corporate ladder" has become a thing of the past. Now, more than ever, careers are moving in different directions and professionals are forced to seek out new ways to remain marketable and creative. In her book, The Career Lattice, Joanne Cleaver presents the idea that "over is the new up." Instead of following the established moving up the ladder path, the career lattice paves a flexible career path for those professionals seeking a way to make transitions in their career. Click here to learn more about the book.

Discover Telecommunications Careers

What does VIVID future look like? In the evolving communications industry, it includes an exciting career in Voice, Information, Video, Infrastructure, or Data. On, you can find everything you need to know about the telecom industry, careers, education, and jobs—all in one place.

More than a standard job board, VIVID Future helps you:
  • See telecom job descriptions, salaries, and required education
  • Use the job matching tool to assess your skills, interests, and personality and 'match' you to telecom job titles that might be a good fit
  • Search open opportunities, learn how prepare for and land the job you're after, and post your resume
  • Find up-to-date information about the current and emerging telecommunications industry
  • Access telecom-specific education and training providers
  • Leverage a rich group of telecommunications resources including FAQs, a glossary of industry terms, and lists of trade publications, hiring events, networking groups, associations, books, and more

Administered by CAEL, the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) offers online telecom degrees and certifications on its website, There, you can:

  • Start with a single course or an Introductory Certificate
  • Choose an Essentials Certificate or an associate's degree from one of five tracks:
    • Telecommunications
    • Mobile Technology
    • Video Technologies
    • Networking Technologies
    • Wireless Networking
  • Complete with a bachelor's degree with a telecommunications concentration

Explore Energy Careers

The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), administered by CAEL, offers energy education on its website, Its programs help you tap into the many opportunities in the energy industry by giving you the knowledge and skills you need to work in many high-demand areas in the electric power industry such as:

  • Electric Power Technology (basics of electric power industry, transmission, and distribution)
  • Nuclear Power Technology (nuclear generation)
  • Smart Grid Technology