Will I Make Enough Money?

~by Joy Brown

Whether you’re exploring career options for the first time or interested in a career tune-up, there is one rubber-meets-the-road issue that most of us have to face:  Will I make enough money?

While deciding what is “enough”  can be a very complex and personal question, the Cost of Living Tool from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)  provides information to help you make decisions. Continue reading

Minnesota Has More Job Opportunities

by Joy Brown ~

The latest Job Vacancy Survey (JVS) brings good news to Minnesota job seekers.  While job vacancies have been showing labor market recovery for a while, the latest survey shows a total of 88,900 job vacancies across the state.  This is an increase of 47.3% from a year ago and the highest number of job vacancies in 14 years. Continue reading

Creating a Career and Education Plan

by Tricia Dahlman ~

The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan.   10s08jc0086The plan should include these key elements:

  • academic scheduling
  • career exploration
  • career and employment-related skills
  • community partnerships
  • college access
  • all forms of postsecondary training
  • experiential learning opportunities

Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices. Continue reading

How to Search for Health Care Positions

by Denise Felder —

College students and workers looking for well-paying health care positions can use the trusted information in the Career Exploration and Student Success Toolkit, the Virtual Career Network, and the Job Seekers Guide in all stages of their job search. These three career exploration resources are produced by partners in the Health Professions Pathways (H2P) Project.

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What’s Your Interest?

by Rachel Vilsack ~

No matter where you are in your career, take time to consider what you like, what you’re good at, and whether your job is making the best use of your talents. Career assessments can help identify your skills, interests, values, or other traits. These are then matched to a broad list of careers. Assessments help you find careers that fit you best. An interest assessment can tell you what you already know about yourself but may not have really considered.

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A New Minimum?

by Rachel Vilsack —

A blog last month looked at the issue of Minnesota’s minimum wage. As the Minnesota Legislature resumed session this month, there has been continued discussion on increasing the state’s minimum wage. This raises the question: How many jobs, in which regions, and in which occupations, would be affected if there were a substantial increase in the state minimum wage? To find the answer, we take the higher minimum wage level of the House bill (HF0092), $9.50 an hour for large employers, and estimate how many jobs would see wages increase to meet the new level.

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Measuring Labor Force Participation

by Rachel Vilsack —

Minnesota’s high labor force participation – or the percent of the population working or looking for a job – is a key factor in future job growth. It’s also a measure of worker availability, which can fluctuate as youth enter the labor force for the first time, job seekers stop looking for work, or workers retire and exit the labor market entirely.  In December 2013, the state’s labor force participation rate stood at 70.1 percent.

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Industry Spotlight: Furniture Manufacturing

by Rachel Vilsack

Real estate agents say that a house feels more like a home when there is furniture in it, making it easier to sell. Central Minnesota is home to more than one-fourth of the state’s employment in furniture and related product manufacturing, including one-third of the state’s jobs in kitchen cabinet manufacturing.

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