Minnesota Women in the Labor Force – Part 1: An Introduction


by Rachel Vilsack

If you follow business trends, you might already know that Minnesota has some of the hardest-working women in the country. The labor force participation rate of women averaged 67 percent in 2010, eight percent higher than the national average, according to data (.pdf) produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only two states – Nebraska and North Dakota – had a higher women’s labor force participation rate in 2010.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at Work


by Lisa Thompson

Navigating the workplace is never easy. But it’s definitely harder when you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you have difficulty focusing or managing your time, you may get passed over for promotions or receive poor performance reviews. Your employer may even fire you. Don’t be discouraged. Find out what you can do to succeed in your career even with ADHD.

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Green Career Spotlight: Hydro Geologist


by Lisa Thompson

Contaminated soil might not be safe soil. Hydro geologists help to determine and address these safety concerns. They figure out which projects need remediation and cleanup and which don't. Because they deal with underground contamination, decisions are based on data gathered through on-site sampling and monitoring. In this work, it's also very important to know how to use mapping and database software.

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The Job You Just Landed Isn’t Working Out – Now What?


by Karen Kodzik

Job searches can be long—months and sometimes years. There is no greater feeling of relief than when the phone call comes with a job offer. With little negotiation you accept, just being thrilled to be done with the search that at times seemed endless. You were excited about your new opportunity, the job fit seemed great, and you clicked with the hiring manager. So you set your start date, wrapped up your search, and shared the good news with your network.

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Education Beyond High School Pays Off


by Lisa Thompson

Study after study has shown that on average, the more education you have, the higher your income is likely to be. And, according to one study, 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota (269KB, .pdf) will require some training beyond high school by 2018. So getting more education seems like a no-brainer. Yet, if you factor in the cost to get that training or degree, is it still worth it? A recent report released by the Pew Research Center attempts to answer that question.

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Green Career Spotlight: Environmental Compliance Manager


by Lisa Thompson

Changing government and corporate environmental regulation can be confusing. That's why there are environmental compliance managers, whose job it is to make sense of them and make sure they're implemented and followed. This work involves a creative problem-solving approach, innovative and original thinking, and effective communication.

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