By Mark Schultz~
As many service providers know, working with special populations that have barriers to work presents a host of challenges. When assisting individuals who have been incarcerated, for example, service providers face unique challenges germane to this particular population.
by Denise Felder ~
Maybe you’ve heard – The job market has changed.
Most good paying jobs now require a college degree or some other type of postsecondary credential, like an apprenticeship. That means that there are fewer jobs available to someone with only a high school diploma today than there were 20 or 30 years ago. Continue reading
by Tim O’Neill~
It’s funny how my new job has given me a new perspective on my old job. Prior to becoming a regional labor market analyst with DEED, I was employed as a surgical support specialist at a Twin Cities hospital. While I love what I’m doing now, our data show that pursuing a career pathway to nursing would have been an excellent decision!
Did you land a part-time or full-time job for the holiday season? Those extra paychecks will help to make the season bright. But what about after the New Year?
How can you turn that temporary job into an employment gift that keeps giving all year long?
by Monica Gomez ~
You might think that finding a job that allows you the freedom to travel requires a four-year degree, or even a more advanced education. However, there is good news for those who are interested in working in a hands-on environment. Skilled-trades workers have a number of opportunities to travel for their job. And these jobs often do not require a degree.
Here are just some of the blue-collar jobs that allow you to travel for work.
by Eric Chester ~
When I was a teenager growing up in the 70s, my father wanted me to get a much better education than the 10th grade education he had to settle for during the Great Depression.
To scare me into studying harder, Dad would tear out pages of the futuristic monthly magazine, Popular Science, and lay them on my bed to show me that computers would someday take over the world. And if I couldn’t use a computer, someday I would be replaced by one.
Dear old Dad was smarter than I thought back then. His prediction has become a reality; at least, for me it has.
by Luke Greiner~
When people think of the jobs that can be found in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a relatively short list of only production occupations, such as assemblers or welders.
This makes sense, as nearly 60% of all occupations in manufacturing are classified as “production” jobs in Southwest Minnesota. That means that over 40% (or 16,320 manufacturing occupations) are not. Instead, the manufacturing industry offers a diverse and well compensated mix of occupations.
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. The 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
Due to staffing changes, iSeek Solutions will not produce a 2015 edition of MnCareers this fall.
Plans for an improved 2016 MnCareers will begin early in 2015.
If you need additional information about MnCareers or alternative career guidance materials, go here: www.iseek.org/mncareers/mncareersorder.html.
by Jamie Buss —
Whether you’re a student, job seeker, or just someone thinking about your career direction, there’s a new resource for you. Visit the Career Exploration and Student Success Toolkit to learn more about yourself and find careers that are a good fit for your skills and interests.