Workforce Corner: Choosing a career pathwaySixty-five percent of today’s schoolchildren will be employed in jobs that have yet to be created, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
By: Mari Kay-Nobozny, Superior Telegram
Sixty-five percent of today’s schoolchildren will be employed in jobs that have yet to be created, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Choosing a career is a tough decision to make, especially when occupations are appearing and disappearing every day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that baby boomers born between 1957 and 1964 have had, on average, 11 jobs from age 18-44. Changing careers or moving from one job to another is part of life. Depending on if you have recently graduated high school and are thinking about school or if you are contemplating a career switch, there are tools and resources available to help you make the best career choice.
There are hundreds of different career assessment tools out there. Career assessments are a valuable tool when deciding what career field to pursue initially or if thinking about switching careers. Currently, CEP, Inc. is utilizing Career Cruising, www.careercruising.com. Career Cruising contains assessments that ask questions to match careers to interests and learn about how current abilities compare to those careers you are interested in. Others features Career Cruising offers are the ability to explore careers, learn about required education and training, and also search for specific occupation training locations. Determining a career pathway is important as it will show you all the options in your chosen field so that you can be nimble and adjust to changing labor market needs.
With a career path in mind, labor market information can help you determine what the job outlook is for certain careers. For Wisconsin, WorkNET, www.worknet.wisconsin.gov, is a great website that allows you to research high growth occupations, perform wage comparisons, and view some of the state’s fastest growing occupations. This information can help with identifying where jobs are going to be located in the state after you have completed schooling or if you are deciding to relocate.
Locally in Northwest Wisconsin, CEP Inc.’s workforce systems specialists and workforce resource specialists can help you make sense of career assessment results and labor market information statistics. They offer a variety of services, depending on employment needs, background and training. These services also include matching your talents, experience, and education to job openings and helping with job applications and resumes. Recent graduates, laid-off workers, people with employment challenges, or newcomers to the area are all able to take advantage of CEP Inc.’s services.
For more information, visit www.nwcep.org for a full list of CEP Inc. Offices.