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Randy Miller
almost 3 years ago
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Leap Of Faith

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.

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Cathy Davidson
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Changing careers in a low unemployment economy with no promise of a job is risky. Consider improving your retail skills so that you will be qualified for a higher paying retail job. Find a mentor to guide you.

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Luis Reyes
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While you're doing the program, apply for the position.

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John Huang
6 months ago
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High Demand Healthcare Jobs That Are Easy To Get Into

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:

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

Have you applied to any of these #healthcare roles or worked in any them in the past? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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Lenin Pina
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Hey John Huang , don't forget Certified Nursing Assistants, (CNA). There's such a high demand for workers in these roles that the US Department Of Labor and several other local state and city agencies have allocated grants and scholarships interested job seekers can use for career training.

The UDOL website https://www.careeronestop.org is an excellent resource to search for local training subsidies.

Good info here, thanks John Huang

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Carissa Thompson
about 1 year ago
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College

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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David Feeney
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The important thing is not what job pays what, the important thing is to find what you enjoy doing.

I make a fraction of what I used to make, but I never feel like 'damn, I gotta go to work'. I truly wake up every morning looking forward to going to work, and do what I love to do.

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Andrew Pouliot
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I can't say for fire whether it's your thing or not, but the STEM sciences-Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics- are the wave of the future.

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Lenin Pina
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10 months ago
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Apprenticeship Resource Fair

Earn While You Learn!! Discover career opportunities available to you through apprenticeship programs at the Chicago Apprenticeship Resource Fair happening Thursday, October 10, from 9a - 12p, at the Near West American Job Center, 1700 W. 18th Street, Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60608.

What industry are you most interested in? (*You may select more than one.)

  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Other

Chicago Apprenticeship Resource Fair Registration

#Apprenticeship #CareerTraining #Chicago

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Elyssa Duncan
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An apprenticeship is an awesome way to earn some $$ while learning new skills!!

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Don Patterson
over 4 years ago
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Is it better to have more hard skills or influential connections to get ahead at work?

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.

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Todd Wilen, CPA
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Networking is extremely important for growth within a company as you build your reputation and become part of a team. You are also building relationships that can not only help you at your current job but also when you move on to another company and role.

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Alex Mathew
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Hi Don,

Firstly apologies for the long reply but these are my two cents worth. Hope it helps.

I started off my work life thinking that pure skills and knowledge would make me a successful individual in my industry and being in a very technical industry I didn't think that was an assumption that was too naive. And that is not untrue for some individual. The best of them do make it to the top and the worst of them are known as the 'person to go to'. So both scenarios are respectable. But one thing they had in common was that they were in the later part of their careers.

But being an ambitious (impatient) person myself, I compared those individual to their peers (similar no. of years of experience) who are much more successful and found that they might not be known best for their skills and knowledge but have at least one aspect of networking they are good at (connecting themselves with the right people, highlighting their successes to people within their or other people's department, working in cross departmental tasks...) on top of an above average skill or knowledge in the industry. I have also seen the ones who only relied on their networking skills and seen them fizzle out in the last few years. They weren't the 'star players' they made themselves out to be.... So it is a balance. In my opinion, a strong foundation in industry skills and knowledge and then the network to follow.

Networking can sound bigger than it is. These are just some of the simple 'baby steps' you could take. I am sure you can find more than enough info on the standard things to do from professional recruiters' websites.

As mentioned in some of the replies already, even a simple lunch with the your colleagues and the boss might do.

Or just asking for feedback, for development needs or just saying what your aspirations might be (type of work you would like to do rather than a particular role) to your manager on a monthly or occasional basis helps. It is a folly to assume that your manager/other managers know what your aspirations are. The best of them might have a hint and have you in mind for the next open promotion but most would have the person who has spoken to them about in their minds. So it is often handy to be that person :)

Joining extra curricular activities like technical talks within the company, open presentation within other groups or joining courses available to you often help with this.

With LinkedIn and similar forum likes these, connecting with old high school friends can be another way you could lay the foundations of your network. You'll never know if your next progression will come within or outside your current company. You've nothing to lose.

Though it took me years to realize these things and most of it came from when I left the first company I started working for, it has been valuable.

And in the last 10 years, I've come to realize it is equally as important if only to leave another option always open if things don't go well. You'll never know what the future holds, all you need to do is ensure you have the foundations laid in case of any uncertainty or leverage them when things aren't going your way.

I hope your career progression goes well and I wish you good luck!

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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
8 months ago
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New Career Path Options

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:

  • Health and Medical Services
  • Information Technology
  • Logistics and Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism, Gaming and Entertainment * More

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.

Check out the Nevada JobConnect website for more information. https://nvworkforceconnections.org

#NevadaJobConnect #STEMTraining #CareerTraining #Healthcare

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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
9 months ago
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Soft Skills Seminars

The Workforce Solutions center in Cameron - Harlingen, TX offers FREE Soft Skills workshops designed to empower you to experience more success along your job search journey and beyond!

Upon completion of the Soft Skills & Career Development course you will receive a certificate of completion you can add as another accomplishment on your resume and present to hiring managers during interviews.

Career Progression Topics include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Goal Setting & Teamwork
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Time Management & more

Click on the link below for more workshop information and Workforce center contact information if you have any questions.

The next workshop is set to begin Tuesday, November 12 so don't wait. register to attend today!

#WorkforceTexas #CareerDevelopment #JobSearchSuccess #CareerTraining #TexasJobs

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Lynn Areno
9 months ago
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Feeling down

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!

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Carrie Gillespie
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I hear you - it sounds like a frustrating experience. Keep going - I hope what you're looking for is right around the corner!

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Jessica Mitchell
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I agree! Its very frustrating because at the same time it doesn’t make ANY SENSE! I wish things were alot easier now like they were back then. But keep pushing Lynn!!

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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
almost 3 years ago
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Amazon Career Choice

Fantastic News! Learn how you can qualify for up to 95% of tuition and fees reimbursement to advance or pursue the career you’ve always dreamed about with Amazon Career Choice.

Amazon Career Choice is an up front tuition assistance program designed to help you build all the skills and knowledge needed to land that high demand job opportunity you’re passionate about.

Interested? Go to Amazon Career Choice for more detailed program information and check out the Amazon Career Choice FAQ for a quick reference guide to common questions and answers.

Click HERE to get started today!

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Anthony Bricknell
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Thanks

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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
9 months ago
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Earn While You Learn!

Apprenticeships Are Making a ComeBack in the US Workforce. On the job career training opportunities in...

  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Transportation & Logistics and other major industries are now offering apprenticeship opportunities in order to attract more new workers.

Anyone currently exploring career paths without drowning in college loan debt or career changes with better income and advancement potential should check out the US Department of Labor's Apprenticeship.Gov career site and take advantage of the new job offers and events happening during National Apprenticeships Week.

Go to Apprenticeship.Gov right NOW for more information.

#Apprenticeships #USDOL #HiringEvents #EarnLearn #CarrerChange #CareerTraining

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Deeq Sulub Sulub
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thanks for sharing now I am ready my work practice and process thanks

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NAVNEET KUMAR
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I am ready for work.

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