Creating a Career and Education Plan


The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan. If you’re in middle or high school, it means you will be hearing more about a Personal Learning Plan this next school year. If you are anxious to start thinking about some of these areas now, a new tool on the ISEEK website can help. MyMnCareerPlan is for middle and high school students to plan a successful transition to career and college

Career Exploration and Student Success


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. This free, publicly available online … Continue reading Career Exploration and Student Success

Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry


by Alessia Leibert Manufacturers face unprecedented challenges in filling skilled production positions, including competition from other firms, declining interest in manufacturing careers among young people, unattractive firm locations and work shifts, uncompetitive wages, and skills gaps. Minnesota employers are investing in solutions to remove some of these barriers, but hiring difficulties persist. In spring 2013, … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry

Working and Learning in Higher Education


by Mary Everley True or false: Only professors work at colleges and universities. False! Higher education institutions in Minnesota employ more than 50,000 people.  In addition to faculty, they hire cooks, groundskeepers, plumbers, accountants, graphic designers, nurses, and more. It takes an employee base with a wide range of skills to keep a college running and … Continue reading Working and Learning in Higher Education

Smart Careers to Power the Nation


by Rachel Vilsack You’ve probably heard about smart phones, but do you know about “smart grid” technology? Essentially how we transmit and distribute electricity can be monitored and adjusted so that the distribution of energy can be most efficient. Smart grid technology also promotes the use of renewable energy sources. As utilities continue to evolve, … Continue reading Smart Careers to Power the Nation