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Can’t get a job? Try Volunteering!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Americorp, Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps conducted a ground-breaking study that showed:
 Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
 Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.
 Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
Additionally, according to 264 organizations who responded to a NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2014 survey, 64.7 percent of their interns were offered full-time positions. Seventy-nine percent of those offers were accepted by the interns.

Try out volunteering for a nonprofit to gain valuable work experience. If you are a high school or college student, service learning is often part of a graduation requirement. In addition to direct service to the society, you can learn transferable skills such as organizing, public relations, marketing tech support, and even accounting. These skills
and your volunteer experience are important assets to include in your resume and interviews. You may also find these experiences lead you to network with people who will see you as a candidate for a great job.

If you can’t find opportunities through your local college, the following websites offer a variety of service and internship experiences:

  • www.Americorps.com
    www.compact.org/about/state/contact-your-state-office
    www.CreateTheGood.com
    www.dcjobsource.com/index.html
    heartsandminds.org/member.htm
    www.idealist.org
    www.internshipprograms.com
    www.internships.com
    www.internweb.com/
    www.Volunteermatch.com

Here are two websites for organizations wishing to post a volunteer opportunity to multiple colleges:

http://www.csoconnect.com/

http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/nacelink.aspx

Being a Visionary Career Counselor/Coach

We now know that 50-60% of jobs that will be available 5-10 years from now have either not been invented or are not commonly available. How do we know what will be the real jobs of the very near future and help people prepare for them?

On June 19th, I will be conducting a Roundtable at NCDA in Long Beach with Danita Redd. Our topic is Being a Visionary Career Counselor. For this blog I am sharing some interesting future jobs that can be found at http://coeccc.net/STEMin20/. For example, click on that page and scroll down to Industries of the future. Then go to Jobs For the Future. The information that you will find are real examples for training and education. On that page you can clickon these job titles and find out more about them.
JOBS FOR THE FUTURE: The STEM in 20- a few samples

Book to App Converters
Matter Programmers
Smart Grid Game Mechanics
Chef-Farmers
Neuromarketers
Space Haulers & Recyclers
Cognitive Ecologists
Personal Care Coordinators
Talent Aggregators
Data Intensive Nurses
Pre-Crime Analysts
Urban Agriculturalists
Digital Archaeologists
Self-Quantification Coaches
Visual Analytics Experts
Ethno-Cultural Ambassadors
Smart Contacts Developers
Global Sourcing Managers
Smart Dust Programmers

The STEM in 20 project was made possible by an SB70 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Here is another list from way back in 2011; go to http://www.futuristspeaker.com/2011/11/55-jobs-of-the-future/ Let me know what you if you think the future is starting to happen!

In a future blog, I will provide you with some other websites that help me stay on top of the careers of the future. Feel free to write to me and let me know what you use to be a “visionary” career counselor/coach.

Employment Trend: Bid for Projects in this Gig Economy

 

I am still finding new research on what is happening to our changing job market at Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce:

http://cew.georgetown.edu/failuretolaunch/

Between 1980 and 2012, significant structural economic shifts produced a new postsecondary phase in the labor market entry of young adults, delaying their career launch. Older adults are working longer; however, they are not crowding young adults out of the labor market. In fact, today there are more job openings per young person resulting from retirements than there were in the 1990s.

 

The report’s major findings are:

In 1980, young adults reached the middle of the wage distribution at age 26; today, they do not reach the same point until age 30. For young African Americans, it has increased from age 25 to 33.

• Young adults’ labor force participation rate has returned to its 1972 level, a decline that started in the late 1980s and has accelerated since 2000.

• Older workers aren’t crowding young adults out of the labor market: there are more job openings created from retirements per young person today than there were in the 1990s

• The 2000s were a lost decade for young adults. Between 2000 and 2012, the employment rate for young fell from 84 percent to 72 percent.

• Opportunities have especially dwindled for young men, high school graduates, and young African Americans.

Many career counselors are seeing these 30 to 40 year olds living at home with their parents until they eventually get full time jobs. However, in order to achieve getting that full time job that can allow them to live on their own, they must often get short term and part time jobs that can eventually build their resume so that they have recency and new accomplishments in their chosen fields. Don’t settle for a job at Home Depot or Target. Rather, try bidding for projects in this new “Gig Economy”.

If you know someone who needs to get some recent experience, refer them to these two websites:

www.Elance.com and

www.chacha.com

At these types of sites, you can “bid” for projects to complete and build a new portfolio!

 

Get Recent Experience by “Bidding” on Short Term Projects

I am still finding new research on what is happening to our changing job market at Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce:

http://cew.georgetown.edu/failuretolaunch/

Between 1980 and 2012, significant structural economic shifts produced a new postsecondary phase in the labor market entry of young adults, delaying their career launch. Older adults are working longer; however, they are not crowding young adults out of the labor market. In fact, today there are more job openings per young person resulting from retirements than there were in the 1990s.

The report’s major findings are:
In 1980, young adults reached the middle of the wage distribution at age 26; today, they do not reach the same point until age 30. For young African Americans, it has increased from age 25 to 33.
• Young adults’ labor force participation rate has returned to its 1972 level, a decline that started in the late 1980s and has accelerated since 2000.
• Older workers aren’t crowding young adults out of the labor market: there are more job openings created from retirements per young person today than there were in the 1990s
• The 2000s were a lost decade for young adults. Between 2000 and 2012, the employment rate for young fell from 84 percent to 72 percent.
• Opportunities have especially dwindled for young men, high school graduates, and young African Americans.
Many career counselors are seeing these 30 to 40 year olds living at home with their parents until they eventually get full time jobs. However, in order to achieve getting that full time job that can allow them to live on their own, they must often get short term and part time jobs that can eventually build their resume so that they have recency and new accomplishments in their chosen fields. Don’t settle for a job at Home Depot or Target. Rather, try bidding for projects in this new “Gig Economy”.
If you know someone who needs to get some recent experience, refer them to these two websites:
www.Elance.com and
www.chacha.com
At these types of sites, you can “bid” for projects to complete and build a new portfolio!

Georgetown University Research on Employment Trends

For those of you who have heard recent news reports that students graduating from college can’t get a job. From Georgetown University’s Center on the Workforce:

• Most college graduates complete their degrees in May or June and enter the labor force in the summer.
• In 2013, the number of new Bachelor’s degree graduates entering the labor market was 1.7 million.
• Each summer, these new college graduates increase … Read more

Career-Life Path: Quick Tips for Finding It

What catches your imagination that you’ve never tried to do? This relates not just to your hobbies or current job but to your calling in life; it leads to the larger message of your life.

Two short blogs from Rizwan Virk, an entrepreneur, author, investor, and film-maker found in http://zenentrepreneur.blogspot.com illustrates that the same skills and imagination needed to create your own business can be used to create your own career.
In http://venturevillage.eu/the-career-warrior-how-to-achieve-spiritual-and-business-bliss, Rizwan writes: … Read more

California Community College Degree Recipients Earn a Median Salary of over $50,000 annually

I am a Community College Counselor and am happy to share a new resource with you that provides up-to-date information about the value of a community-college degree in California, The website found at salarysurfer.cccco.edu, provides the following information:
• Salary Surfer is a groundbreaking online tool that allows students and the public to view the aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a … Read more

STEM Majors Get Jobs …or May Get Jobs

Have you heard the news releases suggesting that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related majors will be the open fields, while Liberal Arts graduates will be under-employed or worse? Or have you heard that only 50% of those majoring in STEM get into related jobs?

Well, it is true, depending on which source is being used to report the statistics. … Read more

College, Career, and Entrepreneur Useful Websites

I mentioned in my last blog that I would share a website with videos that would be especially useful for teenagers and parents. This website is a comprehensive secondary school based resource created by the California State Department of Education (therefore, there may be references to California resources but anyone may use these resources):

http://calcareercenter.org – really interesting are the videos and challenges sections. The first video link is … Read more

Fun and Practical Websites for Career Information

On February 8th, I presented on “fun and practical websites” at the NCDA Career Institute in Southern California. Below, I have listed a few of the websites that I have not shared in past blogs, with short descriptions to give you a flavor for the value of reviewing such websites for professional growth and knowledge about the changing world of work. In my next blog, I will share a few other websites that are especially good to use with teenagers.

• http://mashable.com/2012/11/22/laura-fitton-ted/
“Top 10 inspirational TED talks” and I agree. Very uplifting, please share. … Read more