Recession-proof careers in Minnesota


by Teri Fritsma  

My title may be a little misleading, because let’s face it: almost no job is completely safe these days.   But there are some fields that still have job openings.   Some openings are in relatively shock-proof industries, like health care.  Other openings exist because they’re in occupations where there’s always some turnover.

So while they may not be completely recession-proof, here’s a list of occupations with the most statewide vacancies.  (Note: This list comes from the 4th quarter, 2008 Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  This is great data to take a look at because it was collected after the recession began.)

 

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What is a green career?


by Teri Fritsma

The answer is: It’s complicated.

A recent blog post by the Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. sums up where we are in our understanding of “green jobs”:

“The concept of green jobs still lacks concreteness and tangible examples…So how do we even begin to plan, train, and get people ready for this sector without having a strong sense of what green jobs actually are?”

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Why does a career information website need a blog?


by Teri Fritsma

1. To be quicker to respond with information on economic changes or trends.   On this blog, we’ll be able to go beyond basic career information to give you more targeted, current information to help you manage your career. 

2. To interact with you!  A blog gives us a chance to talk to you, our readers, in real time.  We want our new site to be useful to you, so let us hear from you!  Where are you in your career exploration process?  What content or features would help you the most?

So check back here frequently for updates, news, and in-depth analyses.  And don’t be shy about using the comments feature to let us know what you think.

Teri

Underemployed? Here are 5 ways to spend your extra time.


by Teri Fritsma

Are you underemployed? You’re not alone.

According to February’s estimates, about 14.8 percent of Americans were categorized as either un– or underemployed.  (This definition includes people who are marginally attached to the labor force or are working part-time when they’d rather be working full-time).  

If this is you (or even if it isn’t) here are 5 ways to spend your time.

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