By KELLI K. NICHOLAS
Marketing Coordinator — Michigan Works!
The fall brings the excitement of starting something new. The mad dash to find the perfect backpack to be filled with notebooks, colored folders and pens takes patience. The chance to make new friends who are just as excited as you are fills you with excitement and nervousness.
The fall also brings concern and wondering. Will I be able to find all the new and used books I need for classes? Where will my classrooms be located? Will I like my instructors? Did I register for the right courses? Will I be able to find a job with my major?
Having a post-secondary certificate or degree is not a guarantee of a definite steady paycheck after graduation, but it certainly helps. Research has proven that training beyond high school generates more income over a lifetime.
Using the Michigan Talent Bank as one example of how our local job market has been faring, there has been almost a 37 percent increase over the last quarter in online advertisements. Most postings have been listed for 59 days or less. More than half of the online job demand was in healthcare, sales and service. Nearly one in four postings requires bachelor degrees, which included postings for Physical Therapists, Medical and Health Services Managers, Industrial Engineers and Speech-Language Pathologists. The top associate’s degree postings were for Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants.
So that you can be empowered to locate your own occupational research, go to www.michigan.gov/lmi. A click on Local Area Information brings a wealth of statistics and helpful information to your fingertips. You can search for information according to your local geographic region, occupation of interest, and employers.
Reviewing occupational research will help you choose a marketable major. The Career Center tab helps in matching your interests and skills to different occupations. A perfect job would blend your interests, skills and where you live.
Each month, through this column, I will share helpful tips and advice geared toward your job search, career planning and maybe share a life lesson or two along the journey.
(Mid Michigan Career Outlook is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current.)