Posts Tagged 'career'

Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall

Diego TrevinoAs I write this blog, Workforce Solutions is closed today and tomorrow (1/16-1/17/18) because the roads are frozen all over our 13-county region and our board values the safety of our staff at our 24 career office locations. I am totally grateful for this opportunity to #netflixandchill; but now that I have exhausted the endless movie and TV options offered on multiple streaming sites, I would like to try to demonstrate something I observed. In movies like “Deadpool,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Annie Hall,” the main character will break the fourth wall, or cross the line between themselves and the audience. Usually this can be seen in several ways such as talking directly to the audience or recognizing themselves as a character. As you read along, I will talk to you directly, relate this cold event to job searching, and explain how Workforce Solutions can help you meet your career goals. Continue reading ‘Breaking this Frozen Fourth Wall’

Moving Forward with Adult Education

Diego TrevinoIf you are like me, high school was not the best time of your life. I am not an academic by any means and struggled with the required classes I had no interest in. I passionately despised those classes and they made my high school career miserable. I remember thinking to myself, “if only college allowed students to take only the classes related to their career, and let them forget the rest!” I would have loved for this to be the case, but it wasn’t. Fast forward 10+ years, and now community colleges are offering programs to accelerate your career path without all of the classes unrelated to your major. Continue reading ‘Moving Forward with Adult Education’

Sticking to the Plan

Thelisa LavergneThe start of the New Year is symbolic of new beginnings, second chances, and “do overs.” And, by the way, there is no shortage of do’s and don’ts for creating New Year’s resolutions. The New Year is also a good time to reflect, reevaluate and renew career options and opportunities. However, the decision to start job searching, revamping old job search methods, going back to school, or taking a certification course all require a plan. Continue reading ‘Sticking to the Plan’

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Velta WorleyWhen you were in junior high or high school, what type of career did you want? Were you looking at college, and if so, how did you decide what to major in? I realize that my own high school experience was lacking in both reality and guidance towards the future. Very often our decisions are made based on what we see around us, what’s popular at the time, or even influenced by family and friends. Continue reading ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

Research Labor Market Information

David SpearsOne of the first steps to take in any job search plan is to review labor market information particular to your skills and interests (information on skills evaluation can be found in previous blogs). Labor market is defined as “the supply of available workers in relation to available work.” With labor market information, we can find what training or education is necessary, what is the predicted growth of an industry, the average salary for the occupation, and a host of other information. Continue reading ‘Research Labor Market Information’

This or That

Velta WorleyHow do you typically make choices about your future career or education goals? Do you prefer to do this, or do you prefer to do that? For example, would you like to work in Houston, or are you willing to work anywhere in the State of Texas? Would you like to work anywhere in the United States, or would you be attracted to working in another country? Is it more important to have a high salary, or would you prefer to have a job that you enjoy? Is getting a job right out of high school more important to you, or would you prefer to get a post-secondary degree first? Do you want to go to a local college, or does an out of state university appeal to you? Continue reading ‘This or That’

Unemployed? Nope! You still have a job!

Kristin ColeI Don’t Have Enough Time
Most job seekers don’t realize that they have the same amount of time that they had before. They work an 8-hour work day, sometimes 9 or 10, and are still required to run a household! Laundry, washing dishes, grocery shopping, cooking, household chores, dropping off and picking up kids from school, exercising and sitting in traffic (my favorite). Some people even find time to watch their favorite TV shows. How is that possible when life is hectic and our jobs take up so much of our day? Continue reading ‘Unemployed? Nope! You still have a job!’