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Education makes a difference!For the first time in history, the United States has a larger population of college graduates than those without higher education. Does it really make a difference?

Statistics say yes – you’re more likely to be employed in a good job if you have some type of post-secondary education. According to a new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, of the 11.6 million jobs created in the last 5 years, 8.4 million went to those with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Even if you have an associate’s degree, it helps. Of those 11.6 million jobs, 3 million went to those with an associate’s degree or some college education.

Those with merely a high school education got the leftovers.

College grads make more money as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, someone with a bachelor’s degree made, on average, $1,137 per week in 2015. If you had only a High School diploma, your average weekly wage was $678, nearly half that of the college grad.

So, what’s the fix?

Go back to school.

This is the most obvious solution. However, before making this move, know why you’re going and what degree or credential you hope to earn. If you get this degree, will it really be easy to get a job that pays what you need? Do your homework! Talk with folks that have finished the program you’re looking to get into. If the school won’t put you in touch with alumni, that’s a bad sign. Stay away.

Be very thoughtful about the cost of the school and beware of schools who promise “free money” to attend. If possible, try to pay for school as you go. If you’re employed, and your company has a tuition reimbursement program, use it.

There are also online programs available, including programs from Harvard and Stanford Universities. Even if you only want to take a few specialized courses in accounting, finance, or marketing, this is a good option. Check out the Open Education Database for free or low-cost college courses.

Remember, even some college work increases your chances for a better job with a better wage.

Millions of people are struggling with huge loads of student loan debt because they didn’t understand what they were signing or the wages they could expect after graduation.ja

Don’t make that mistake.

Get more experience and develop additional skills.

For some, additional formal schooling isn’t practical. But that doesn’t discount learning on your own. There are courses you can take at a very low cost or free on the Internet. Check out Career One Stop for career resources and training.

If you prefer an apprenticeship program, check out this Department of Labor resource for available programs and scholarships.

Ask about additional training at your current employer. Many training budgets go unused because individuals don’t ask for additional training. Work with your manager to develop and training program, and do it!

Yes, it does make a difference if you have some education. Keep adding to your skill set to make yourself more marketable and employable.

 

060114 diploma now what 1Courses completed – check! Exams finished and passed – check! Cap and gown arrived – check! Diploma with degree in hand – check! So graduation is quickly approaching for many this time of year and the post-graduation plans are full force. Are you stressed out or do you have it all together and feeling calm?

For those who have their post-graduation plans in place and feeling good – congratulations! For those that haven’t got a job set up yet, don’t worry. Four in five college grads are in that same boat – no job lined up yet. However, you are luckier than them! Why? Because you’re reading this blog from Clear Choice Staffing Solutions and we have some tips for you to help you get organized in doing research to land that terrific job:

The first thing you need to do is create a plan of action. You may have your degree and a diploma, which are great pieces of ammunition, but you aren’t the only one out there in the field of battle called “Job Searching”. With that being said, we all know from all the history books that you can’t go into battle without a plan of action.041314 job review 2

Make a narrow list of short-term goals then gear your job search with those as a guideline. With goals clearly stated, you then will have a clear idea what you should do next and what jobs fit those goals. Next, set up a time-line with consideration of which jobs you will be applying for. Be sure to give room for life changing events like moving to a new location. Remember, the further the move, the more time you need to allow. Moving to another city isn’t the same as moving to another state or country.

Keep in mind that there is a pretty good chance that you won’t get your dream job first time out and that’s okay. You may work a few jobs before you get your dream job and that’s okay. Think of those jobs as learning experiences and when you leave them, take something with you. Not having your dream job line up to start after graduation is okay. In fact, not having any job lined up after gradation is okay. Its not the ideal picture, but that is what we call life. Most of us have to work our way up to our dream job and those less-than-ideal jobs that we have in the meantime are all experience and knowledge to be gained.

As you create a chart for your career path, do your research on companies and industries in the field you want to work. This will help you to determine which companies you would like to be a part of and which companies you want to avoid.

Whether or not you are sure about your future plans and goals, request informational interviews with professionals that are in your field of interest. They can be a valuable resource and a great way to learn about the industry as well as the developments and latest trends. By conducting these interviews, it also allows you to explore other careers and possible new employment opportunities as well as identify the challenges you could face.

120913_interview_questions 1How do you get those interviews? Well begin by talking to any you already know in the industry you’re interested. It could be co-workers, past and present. It could be your professors or family and friends, role models and even neighbors. Even if they aren’t able to provide you an interview or be of any help, they can probably make a connection for you with somebody that can.

After you have that list of possible interviewees, reach out to them via email and request a time to talk, be sure to tell them what you’re intentions are. You’ll be surprised how many people are anxious to help somebody starting out in their field of expertise or industry.

Once you an interview scheduled, research the career path of the person you’ll be interviewing as well as theircurrent role. You’ll probably be able to develop some questions by doing this such as how they got to the place they are now. Get yourself informed on the latest trends for that industry and any recent news. The more armed you are with information, the better your interview will go and the more you’ll get from it too. Ask the people you interview if they have any connections in the field they can make for you. The benefits you’ll get from the advice and experiences are unknown. 120913_selfemployed_interview 1

For these interviews, dress as if you are going a job interview. Use an elevator pitch during the interview so that the person you are interviewing will see who you are, the skills you have and can understand what your future plans are. Take notes but stay engaged with interview and don’t forget to send a thank you note afterward!