Trying to get a better paying job with limited skills is frustrating. The hard and soft skills I’ve acquired working in the retail industry over the last 5 years has an average value of no more than $14 p/h to companies doing the hiring. I’m in my early thirties right now and my biggest fear is not being able to move the dial fast enough on earning a higher salary if I stay stuck in the retail industry for another 5yrs.
I read an article last week on how the manufacturing industry was making a comeback into the US but hiring managers were having a tough time finding skilled workers. In the same article I also found some info on a free advanced manufacturing training program being offered at a local career resource center. I did some research on the advanced manufacturing industry and discovered a CNC Programer can earn up to $18 p/h. Now that’s a starting salary I can build on!!
The training program is intense though. It runs for 8 weeks, Mon-Fri, 9a - 3:30p which means I would have slide back to part-time hrs or quit my retail job if management decides they don’t want to help accommodate me. The training program will help me gain all the necessary skills to qualify for an advanced manufacturing position but there’s no job offer guaranteed at the end of training.
8 weeks with limited or no income is a long time especially if I’m unable to find another job immediately after I graduate. I really need to get on a higher paying career track but I’m not sure if an extended training program like this one is worth the risk.
Has anyone ever made a similar leap of faith at anytime during their worklife? The enrollment deadline is next is next week but I’m not sure if this is the right move for me.
I am in a mid life crisis. I am currently a retail merchandise manager, formerly the General Manager of Sonic Drive In. I am 26 years old and I think I want to go back to school, I genuinely no longer want to manage others but would like to make the same salary as my intro and the opportunity for growth! I am currently around 58K+. Help! What do I go to school for and how do I manage my time to do so. I will also be putting myself in debt with school loans. What should I do?
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The Nevada JobConnect is an excellent source for education and training resources. They manage information on apprenticeship programs, approved training providers, disabled worker training resources, student training resources, colleges, universities and technical schools, and more.
The Nevada Eligible Training Provider List, (ETPL) catalogs all of the training offerings that support locally in-demand occupations.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career pathways are also available. STEM career training pathways include:
Eligible clients of the states One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS) may qualify to receive these trainings at no cost to. These trainings are designed to make job seekers more employable, retainable and promotable by local employers/businesses.
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I’m really feeling down due to job searching and searching for something that I would like to do and when I do find something that I would be interested in, they “prefer a bachelor’s degree”. I can’t afford to go to school to get a bachelor’s degree and all the jobs that require or prefer some sort of degree, I could just be trained on and do a good job at it. It’s ridiculous and frustrating!
The health care industry is booming and opportunities are everywhere. The good news is that you don't need a medical degree or previous health care experience to find a job in this industry. Here are three of the most popular roles that health care companies are hiring for that many job seekers can apply to:
Home Health Aide Many terminal, disabled, or elderly patients choose to receive at home instead of in a hospital. Home health aides visit these patients to provide medication, check vitals, and offer company. As a home health aide, you may also perform housekeeping duties such as sweeping or laundry. Unlike many other entry-level healthcare jobs, becoming a home health aide requires no certification or degree. Most employers provide on-the-job training. see Health Aide jobs
Medical Assistant Medical assistants are the front desks at a doctor's office. They greet patients, file paperwork, and schedule appointments. They may also coordinate service with external laboratories, perform some billing duties, or perform small patient tasks such as taking vitals. Most medical assistant positions only require a high school diploma or equivalent. Most of the training is provided on the job. see Medical Assistant jobs
Medical Billing and Coding Specialist The medical industry has a system of codes that ensure that visits and procedures are properly coded and billed to insurance companies and patiences. Most doctors don't have enough time to read through their reports and assign codes so they will hand this work off to specialists to handle the data entry. Many of these positions even allow you to work from home. Medical coding jobs typically don’t require a college degree. There are some certifications you can earn to make yourself a more attractive candidate, but they are not required. see Medical Billing Specialist jobs
If you are not having any luck with online applications, try reaching out to your local doctor's office to see if they are looking for any part time help.
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I’ve been reading allot of articles discussing strategies to get hired and promoted at work and they all seem to have one theme in common “networking”. It’s like your skills and industry knowledge take a back seat to your popularity and likeability in the office.