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Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Thursday, March 29, 2012

For most Americans, it's the latter...

Infographic on Fast-Track Learning
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tough circumstances due to the suffering economy and equally bleek job make it no wonder why people are turning to accelerated programs to help them get out of a rut without putting them into a deeper one.

Take a look at the figures for more details.

The Best Jobs for Gen Y
Thursday, March 22, 2012

It isn't hard to come across one of the many tragic stories out there that remind the 20-somethings job seekers facing the challenges of a nearly barren job market.

Generation Y has a lot of tough decision to make ahead of them, especially considering the fact that a large percentage of graduated into a recession.

Last year, the unemployment rate for the 16-24 age group was at 18.1 percent. With rising education costs and shifts in demand, it's a sad reality that many young adults have to deal with when trying to establish their careers.

Not all is lost, however. According to projected data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the choice career for this demographic is dental assistant. Requirements for becoming a dental assistant are easily achieved through on-the-job training. Dental assistants provide a helping hand for the dentist by preparing patients and dental equipment along with handling medical records and inventory.

The average salary for dental assistants is more or less around $32,000 per year with the lowest estimated around $20,500. These figures aren't too shabby in a field where 17.6 percent of the workers are younger than 25 and the demand for these jobs are expected to grow by 16,100 positions each year.

In fact, the fastest growing sector is health care which is where most of the available jobs are.  Positions like medical assistants, physical therapists, and home health aides are some of with favorable growth rates.

Health care jobs require actual people to perform the tasks, therefore, they don't get sent overseas or replaced by technology. People working in this industry don't have to worry about losing their jobs with the demand for them growing coupled with the necessity for experienced workers.

Key characteristics of these jobs are that they require being physically fit and manual labor. So jobs like being a personal fitness trainer or a construction worker would be ideal for those with previous experience.

Even adults who are still getting through college or haven't quite figured out what they want to pursue, training for these jobs is fairly easy and offer a flexible schedule. Young workers can opt for a part-time schedule to work around classes or search for other job opportunities.

The downside to some of these positions is that they don't leave much room for advancement. Workers in these industries can expect to move up a little after a lot of time. The problem is that these jobs are usually specific to a particular function rather than a one that allows for growth and develop that are more common in positions that require formal education.

College grads used to be thought of as the power behind the workforce with their newly obtained degrees and knowledge fresh in their minds. But now they are the ones struggling to get their feet in the job market doors.

The thing that will help them is to adjust to the new circumstances rather than fight them. Young adults need to be willing to take jobs that are available even if they don't pertain to their specific skills or talents. They have an advantage unique to their demographic--youth--so they should make do with that they can, while they can.

When some doors shut, twice as many open somewhere else. Gen Y should embrace each and every opportunity that comes along and there are plenty of them out there if they keep their minds open.

Grads Saved By Alternative Careers
Thursday, March 15, 2012

College tuition and fees are at an all-time high for many parts of the country with some state schools costing the same as attending an Ivy League. Ironically enough, in a job market with stiff competitive people can't afford not to go to school if they want a fighting chance of earning a decent salary.

But if you couldn't imagine anything more off-putting about going to college than the price of attending, consider the damage that repayments on loans for these tuition costs are doing to grads' bank accounts. Making matters worse is that, despite a six-month grace period, many recent grads in this unfortunate circumstance are faced with the burden of repayment still without a job.

This is due to the high rate of graduates without the number of openings to match them. This is sparking a great deal of concern for prospective, current, and recently graduated students that are now forced to make tough decisions. The only consolation that students can be offered is to make due with what options they have left as unfavorable as they are.

Improvising With Spoiled Lemons
In order to prepare students with the conditions of the "real world," an overall shift in attitude is spreading. College students are encouraged to think beyond their dream jobs and consider other ways they can stretch their degrees to other positions. It's extremely common for professionals to change careers at some point in their lives so being open to areas of opportunity outside of their immediate reach can make finding a job easier.

The difference now is that the changes are happening before getting a start on the career of choice. Grads are also reminded that taking a position other than the one they intended to pursue is not a sign of failure, but a demonstration of their ability to adapt to the economic climate.

This transitional approach gives college students a positive break in the onset of their careers, even if not in accordance to their degrees. Finding success can come easy to those who use their education as a foundation for a wide range of occupational endeavors. For example, a graduate of law school doesn't have to follow the traditional path of becoming a lawyer or working at a firm. Some can go on to become business entrepreneurs servicing the legal industry or follow an alternative calling like social work or nonprofit advocacy.

College grads are meant to view these opportunities as exciting possibilites for what can only be expected as fulfilling careers. Breaking out of traditional boundaries can often be much more rewarding. Instead of just paper-chasing, they can gain an even bigger purpose in their careers. A degree in a particular discipline should not limit you to going down one particular route, but rather an enhancement for taking any you come across.

The Young & The Jobless
Monday, March 05, 2012

Whether you're still in college, about to graduate from it, or already have, the same question lingers in your mind: "Can I get a job that I actually care about?"

The rough conditions of today's economy are the comparable to that of the Great Depression. Livings costs have gone up while people's incomes remain untouched or, even worse, ceased.

The life of the average college student has changed with the times in a seemingly backwards manner. In efforts to save money, young adults are moving home, working odd-jobs, or pushing back graduation dates.

With the average amount of student loans at $25,000, relying on the same age-old job hunting techniques in the digital job market won't help graduates in getting started on making payments. Mailing out resumes, scouring ads in the classifieds or subscribing to every online job board available are now minimal attempts to finding the right opportunities.

Here are some effective techniques that you can increase your chances of making a bigger footprint in the job market:

1) Build relationship with classmates, coworkers and everyone in between.
While you may not think that your next door neighbor or hair dresser counts as a someone to include in your network, personal networks often turn out to be more beneficial than initially assumed. In fact, 80 percent of job opportunities stem from personal networks.

Social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn are also useful resources to stretch out your networks and remain in touch with your contacts much easily. The key is to use those networks out in the real world with how you interact with people in it. Teamwork with a common goal can be just the thing you were missing in your solo job search.

2) Always have an edge on the competition.
Even though you may feel that you're learning days are over--you are far from it. Learning new things, especially in what you consider to be your niche, is something you should carry with you throughout your life. You want to acquire skills that make you indespensible to your employers.

There's no better way of doing this than to have mastered skills that the average person in your field wouldn't have. People in limited or little-known job positions are usually the ones who make the most money. Whatever way you learn best, keep yourself educated and informed. An extensive knowledge is a sure-fire way to impress any employer.

3) Open up to a global view of your career path.
Society has been used to the idea of choosing a linear career path and following it step by step. But in today's job climate, that approach doesn't apply. Today's generation of hopeful job seekers are jumping from internship to non-profits to freelance work.

Thirty percent of the nation's workforce is made up of independent workers. This group includes: temps, contractors, part-time workers, and the self-employed. To avoid going down a dead-end road, take steps that will lead you down a variety to keep your options open. In other words, don't be set on one way of doing things that will lead you to rejecting others.

Even when desperate times call for desperate measures you can still land your dream job without having to settle or sacrifice. Just get creative in your job search by looking where you might not think of before or connecting with people you think are a longshot to hooking you up with a job opportunity. When options are low, you don't want to rule any of them out so try to be innovative and gutsy.
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