Top Paying Jobs for people with an associates degree-sharing a link

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Saw a post for an excellent article this morning that I am sharing with you. In addition to this post, know that in Wisconsin:

Technical College Degrees are in demand: At least 54% of Wisconsin’s jobs today require technical education.
Strong Job Placement: 9 out of every 10 graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation, even in a tough economy.
Great Student Investment: For every dollar students invest in their technical college education, nearly $5 ($4.90) is returned as higher future income over their careers.
Graduates are valued and rewarded: Median salaries for associate degree grads are $36,400 right out of college.
Impressive salary growth after 5 years: Median salaries of more than $44,000; a 48% increase since graduation.
Nearly 9 of every 10 graduates live and work in Wisconsin.

Source:

2014 Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges – The Technical College Effect

The following article makes technical college career choices appealing, including pictures. Choose a career path that you will enjoy and earn good money at the same time! Please follow the link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-paying-jobs-for-people-with-an-associates-degree-2014-12?op=1

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More on networking – knowing someone who works at the company where you want to work

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You know more people than you realize!

Take a few minutes to sit down and make a list of all the people you can come up with. Think about where you go every day of the week and who you see. And don’t forget about the people you know through your parents!

My son landed his interview not just because he completed a program here at Western Technical College (although the skills he gained here were definitely required), but because our neighbor put in a good word for him!

Yes, my son ran into this neighbor’s van with his go-cart when he was young. But the neighbor still knew that my son was a hard worker. He had seen that my son helped his father with many a project as a child. He knew that our son had excellent hands on abilities and was generally a good kid. He was able to put in a good word for our son, and that no doubt helped him get his job.

And of course our family made sure that we did right by our neighbor when his van got damaged. It always helps to be a good neighbor.

The following article supports what I am saying, and throws some statistics in to back up what I am saying.

http://careerenlightenment.com/employers-ignore-almost-everything-application-except

Do you have a full understanding of what we mean by “networking?”

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I know that when I first started talking about networking, I had a different idea on what it was than I do today. As with most learning, we begin at a certain spot with our knowledge, and hopefully our knowledge level grows from where we started. That is the true nature of learning, isn’t it?

In the early stages of my learning, Networking meant to make a list of all the people I know and contact them to let them know I am doing a job search and to give them an idea of what my skills are, perhaps by sharing my resume. I did learn early on to never ask for a job opportunity. The people you are networking with generally are not the people who do the hiring.

What you want to do is have a conversation with many people and express your need to grow in your profession. “I am looking for a ______ position involving _________, __________, and _______________ for an organization focused on ___________.” To fill in those blanks you need to have been doing some research on what your strengths are and what kind of work you want to be doing.

“Networking is a research project because 75% of jobs are never posted. You learn about these jobs that are never posted by talking to a wide variety of people. Networking is finding people who are willing to help you find people who are able to help you. Networking is advice, guidance and feedback from people who live in the world that you want to live in next.”

Another thing I learned is that we never really stop networking when we are working. We prove ourselves and our capabilities every day that we perform our job duties to the best of our ability. Co-workers and supervisors see what we do and how we do it on the job. They get a feel for how effective we are or can be. When we are working on a project our listening and communication skills become evident. Others can vouch for the fact that we are effective on the job. Do we communicate in a positive and effective manner? Do we respect others’ and others’ opinions on the job? Do we offer to help with this or that project? Are we a team player?

Reading the article at the link below will help you grasp what I am saying in this post.

http://careersherpa.net/10-tips-keep-network-alive-well/?utm_source=Career+Sherpa%27s+Blog+Posts&utm_campaign=3968522a19-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47fcf918ab-3968522a19-423033993&mc_cid=3968522a19&mc_eid=670bccd2c0

Source: The Human Search Engine, by Chris Czarnik and Christopher Jossart