The top 5 career questions — and where to find answers


by Teri Fritsma You wouldn't dream of buying a home, planning a vacation, or choosing a school without researching your options.  Why should your career be any different?  There's plenty of reliable data to help you make informed career decisions.  Experts call this "labor market information,"  or LMI.  Here's how you can use LMI to answer five of the most frequently asked career questions. … Continue reading The top 5 career questions — and where to find answers

50 Careers in 50 States in 50 Weeks


by Teri Fritsma Daniel Seddiqui is on a mission: he's traveling to all 50 states in 50 weeks.  In each state, he's trying out a career that's typical for residents there.  In Wisconsin, for example, he learned what it's like to be a cheesemaker.  You might be surprised to discover what career he tried during his visit to Minnesota.   Daniel … Continue reading 50 Careers in 50 States in 50 Weeks

Community colleges key in fueling new economy


by Shirley Fenlason Tuesday there was exciting news on the higher education front! President Obama announced the American Graduation Initiative which will invest 12 billion dollars in community colleges over the next decade. This initiative reflects the importance of community colleges in growing a globally competitive workforce through Associate's degrees, short-term training, certificates, and other … Continue reading Community colleges key in fueling new economy

How to have a career that lets you work from home


by Teri Fritsma Working from home (also called telecommuting) can give you more flexibility, greater control over your work schedule, less time commuting and a smaller carbon footprint.  Approximately 21% of people work at least some of their hours from home on a typical work day, according to the  American Time Use Survey (ATUS).  Here are some other findings from the ATUS that … Continue reading How to have a career that lets you work from home

Want to advance your career? Clean up your e-mail etiquette.


by Teri Fritsma   These days, using e-mail effectively isn't just a nice thing to do -- it's a critical part of managing your career.  Why?  First, because e-mail is a dominant form of communication and we often use it to talk to people we don't know well, or even people we've never met in person.  This means people may form opinions of you based mostly or … Continue reading Want to advance your career? Clean up your e-mail etiquette.

Interested in a clean energy career? What training is available in Minnesota?


by Shirley Fenlason As Teri mentioned in an earlier post, renewable energy growth is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). I read The Pew Charitable Trusts' recently-released report on "The Clean Energy Economy" and found some encouraging job-related information. It found that from 1997 to 2007, the clean energy job national growth … Continue reading Interested in a clean energy career? What training is available in Minnesota?