Every once in a while I run across an article that simply must be shared. That is the joy of following my blog. You are going to see only the ones that I deem worth reading. I am saving you time while you do your job search by weeding out the others. Today I read an article that really nails job seeking.
One important thing that I must mention before you read the article below. I can help you in each of the areas this writer outlines (as long as you are a student/alumni at Western Technical College). When you determine what you need to work on, come and see me.
If you have been job searching for a while and you are not getting interviews, read this article:
For some time now I have heard young people tell me, “I know people who have a four year degree and can’t get a job.” Today I attach a link to an article that helps you understand why you are seeing this. It is so important to think about where the jobs are when you choose a college major. It is part of what we cover when you come into Career Services for help with finding your path.
The fact of the matter is: There are many many jobs out there. Many that don’t pay a living wage and many that require technical skills, hard skills, hands-on type skills. We have a huge demand in the manufacturing industry here in Wisconsin. But our manufacturers are looking for skilled workers. No longer do we have a multitude of assembly line type jobs that require little to no skill. They need workers who can repair and maintain machines and keep automated systems going. The technical college system offers skills training in all of those areas. To see the skills taught, check us out here at Western Technical College. Go to westerntc.edu and click on “programs.”
We are mid-way through the first trimester 2014 at Western Technical College. If you are feeling like you are not on the right career path, do come and see us here in Career Services. We are a walk in center and are open: Monday-Thursday 8 am to 4 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. We can help you learn more about yourself and your preferences. Our on-line assessment called “Typefocus” allows you to explore careers AND save those that you would actually consider doing in a portfolio area within your own account.
You do not need to decide on a career path on the day you take this asssessment. Some of us need to go about career development using “Planned Happenstance.” I have a great handout to share with you on this concept.