We live in a society, and especially our community, where a degree has always been stressed as the way to succeed. Education is important and forecasters predict that 80-85 percent of future jobs will require some post-secondary training, but that does not necessarily mean a bachelors degree.
1950 NOW Workers have less supervision, so more independence is required; businesses have more automation, so more technical skills are required.
A recent National Association of Manufacturers study found that 69 percent of businesses cited "inadequate basic employability skills" such as attendance, timeliness and work ethic as the most common reason for rejecting job applicants
Job skills can also be called transferable skills. They are best acquired through experience.
Management and leadership job skills are some of the most transferable . Leadership can mean training other employees, leading teams, and providing motivation. It can also mean you have taken initiative to start new programs or improve your work environment. Being able to work independently is an excellent job skill to possess. If you do have managerial or supervisory experience, these transfer very well to other types of work
Are you taking classes that prepare you for the academic challenge of getting into the career you wish to pursue? It’s easy to say you are going to be this or that, but is your commitment strong enough?
Not everyone has to take the academic route through post-secondary education.
Education can be pretty expensive, which is fine, because it’s worth it. Have you ever thought about getting some short term training, get a job, save some money and then go back to school? Maybe your employer sees you as a valuable employee and may pay for your school.
Have you asked your employer about assistance?
What is the Forecast for the Career you want to do?
Make sure you check the projection for the career you are interested in. Every career is not projected to grow and you want to be sure your investment in education will pay off. There are many people who get trained in a particular career only to find out that jobs are not available when they graduate.
Fact: 1 out of 5 people that see a SFC advisor about an AS degree already has a bachelors degree.
Do you really understand the Career you are interested in?
Often students do not really understand what it takes to be successful at the career they choose. It is real easy to think you want to do something but do some research.
“ Postsecondary success hinges on two factors: Academic skills and commitment that comes from career direction” - Kenneth Gray, Penn State University
A little time now can enhance your happiness and success. Think about this: If you work 200 days a year for 30 years that totals 6,000 days. You want to be happy and look forward to getting up and going to work. A happy employee is a productive and successful employee!
A little time and planning now will pay off for many years.
Japanese Proverb: Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare