Here are some New Year’s Resolutions (personal and professional goals) to consider for advancing careers in specific fields in 2022: 

Here are some New Year’s Resolutions (personal and professional goals) to consider for advancing careers in specific fields in 2022: 

Accountants: Learn QuickBooks. Brush up on Advanced Excel by taking a local or online class. Do your own taxes this year to learn the process. If you want to help others with their taxes, sign up for a free tax preparation training course, like the one from CashMaine (www.cashmaine.org/volunteer/tax-preparer) 

Electricians: On the Electricians’ Examining Board website (www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/electricians), select “Apply for an exam” and follow the links to select “Journeyman Examination.” The board will tell you what you need to get licensed. No transcript evaluation is needed. Consider taking a course to help you prepare for the exam. 

Engineers: Register with www.NCEES.org and download the transcript request form it generates. Send an email to introduce yourself to the State Licensure Board for Engineers (www.maine.gov/professionalengineers); they will guide you through the process.. 

Plumbers: Go to the Plumbers’ Examining Board website (www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/plumbers-examining-board) and select “Apply for an exam” and follow the links to select “Journeyman Examination.” The board will tell you what you need to get licensed. No transcript evaluation needed. No cost. 

Land Surveyors: Register with www.NCEES.org then email your local Board of Licensure for Professional Land Surveyors (www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/board-licensure-professional-land-surveyors) and tell them you want to get licensed. If you need help studying for the six-hour Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) licensure exam, sign up for a class. 

Lawyers: Go to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners website (mainebarexaminers.org/foreign-legal-education/) Read about the provisions for foreign-trained lawyers to qualify for the Maine Bar exam. Submit your transcripts and course descriptions to them for review. 

Tech: Introduce yourself to someone you know who has “made it” in tech in the U.S. and ask for ideas, connections, and internships. Inquire at the Roux Institute (roux.northeastern.edu/admissions/scholarship/request-information/) about their certificates and master’s degrees, and corresponding scholarships. Or consider something quick, like online training in SQL and Python or Tableau, or a “bootcamp” in web development. 

All of the above careers are open to you, even if you have no U.S. degrees, training, or experience. 

So what’s stopping you? Make a resolution to take a step forward for your career in 2022!