Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed, or just ready for a change, there may be programs that can help you improve your job situation in a variety of ways.

First, you can typically access government grants for education to either begin your college career or go back to school, whether it’s academic learning or a trade school. Another path to learning a useful trade is to take advantage of government-subsidized apprenticeship training, which usually combines classroom learning with hands-on practical skills.

Or you can use the career services assistance that is offered in many locations. The services offered typically include skills assessment, evaluation of interests and aptitude, and training. Sometimes, the training may be geared to particular groups, for example, skill-building programs that have been established with funding through government grants for single mothers or government grants for men who have been through substance abuse recovery. In a few areas, there are even government grants for felons who want to become productive, rehabilitated members of society. But more often, the help is available to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed, and has a desire to improve their situation and earning potential.

So if you want to find a new career that pays more or is more to your liking, there are likely plenty of government resources to help you accomplish your goal.