By Robin A. Duncan
WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB, DEVELOPING NEW SKILLS, OR UNSURE OF YOUR CAREER DIRECTION, MWCC is a great place to help you find your way. It’s all about informed choices when finding a career, right? Sometimes it’s just a matter of evaluating the choices and developing strategies to get a job, even through the toughest of times. Consider the following tips that could help you get (or keep) a job:
- Be a lifelong learner and master the skills of the future
Technical careers, like information technology, and nontechnical jobs are requiring computer proficiency. Companies are automating many of their operations to streamline efficiencies and they need employees who are comfortable with, and can use, the Internet and common programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Technically interested or not, it is important to stay with the times and brush up on technological skills.
- Look for a job that can’t be automated and needs a human touch
A career that depends on face-to-face attention or human intelligence may be the right choice for you. A computer can never replace work that requires physical presence and empathy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hard to automate and outsourced careers, such as medical assistant, human services, and business administration, make up a large sector of the fastest-growing occupations.
- Choose a stable career that is needed
Life happens regardless of the economy. Two fields that continue to show a need and growing demand are education and healthcare. Why? Because schools stay open and people get sick. With an increasing percentage of teachers and nurses reaching retirement age, there are many career opportunities in both fields. Similar fields to consider are in allied health, dental hygiene, early childhood education, complementary health, medical coding and billing, and physical therapist assisting.
- Check out MWCC’s Career Coach tool:
It’s free, online, and designed to help identify potential career matches provided by the most current local data on wages, employment and job postings. It helps you identify your career potential with the educational opportunities needed to get you where you want to go.