SERIES: Guide shows how to launch career or job search
Don't know how to start planning a career or launching a job search?
The new Pennsylvania Career Guide contains 75 pages of valuable information covering nearly every aspect of what you need to know and do when planning a career and launching a job search.The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry sees this publication as a means to support the economy by making the best use of resources within the work force. It assists readers in making informed choices before setting their sights on the road ahead.The Bureau of Labor Statistics offer the following facts that reinforce the need for such an updated guide.Workers make an average of seven career changes in their lifetime.Post-secondary training is needed for 80 percent of all jobs.
There's a growing need for skilled workers in manufacturing because of advances in science and technology in the industry.
Specific skills and experience are required by most employers.Training beyond high school is also required by employers.The present generation of students has been raised with an array of superstar role models who are inspiring unrealistic career choices.The guide addresses the facts that need to be studied as much as pro-team scores and records. Aspiring student-athletes need to realize that the odds of becoming a pro sports athlete range from 1 in 800 for baseball to 1 in 13,800 for women's basketball. The guide lists the odds in other sports, and suggests sports-related careers may be the solution to not abandoning dreams.For young people fascinated by careers highlighted on TV shows, the guide pulls off the rose-colored glasses and reminds them that what they see on TV doesn't tell the full story about the realities of those jobs. There are educational requirements and a limited number of job openings annually for them.Because of the ever-changing nature of the work force, lifelong learning is important. Suggestions are spelled out using the word "Changes."The career guide gives a formula for keeping a career relevant and thriving:C: Careers evolve, get used to it. H: Hit the books and surf the Internet. Keep informed. A: Accomplishments matter. Keep track of your achievements. N: New skills keep you growing. Continue to learn if you expect to move. G: Get out and network. It's the best way to find new opportunities. E: Enthusiasm pays off. Be eager to do your best in all work settings. S: Sell yourself. Your skills, work ethic and accomplishments are a package that you are marketing to prospective employers.The career guide points out the occupations that are in demand and reasons to consider heading in their direction. They shine specific spotlights on green jobs, manufacturing and allied health careers. There are plenty of facts to support decision-making about any of those fields.A strong self-assessment is critical to undertaking any future plans for education and career training. Within the career guide, there are tools to assess interests to determine which career areas may be most appealing. Preparations for entering the workplace, military careers or post-secondary education are clearly spelled out.There is a great planning list for school students with timetables breaking down the many tasks into manageable blocks of time. There are ample resources on veterans' benefits, college costs and standardized testing in the guide.Job-hunting topics are covered in detail. PA CareerLink resources are outlined, as well as sections on writing resumes, cover letters, job applications, interviews and networking. Pennsylvania Career Guideby