The Future of Work for Middle Skills America

Posted by Emma Rose Gallimore on 11/15/18 3:17 PM

Employers in the United States have a problem. The skills gap, the space between what job seekers know and what employers need them to know, is widening, especially for middle-skills workers. Educational institutions offer degrees, but no guarantee that those credentials will lead to actual jobs for their graduates. Staffing agencies and workforce boards are operating in their individual silos, often relying on outdated philosophies.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, Middle Skills Gap

You Buy It, They Fix It: How to Meet the Growing Demand for Appliance Repair Technicians

Posted by Marie Murphy on 10/8/18 10:18 AM

A dishwasher that won’t clean, a refrigerator that won’t cool, and an oven that won’t heat. All of these things have something in common: they require the skills and assistance of an Appliance Repair Technician. And unfortunately, these aren’t isolated moments; at some point, nearly every home appliance will need the technical expertise and assistance of a repair technician to work effectively.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations, career diplomas

Unlock Potential with New Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program

Posted by Marie Murphy on 8/10/18 12:45 PM

Have you ever lost your keys? Been locked out of your house? Struggled to install a security system? You’re not alone. Every single day people require the talents and skills of professional locksmiths and home security technicians.

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Topics: in-demand occupations, career diplomas, Forward Thinking Careers

The Prescription for Success: New Program Seeks to Address Growing Pharmacy Technician Field

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/19/18 1:12 PM

Pharmacy technicians are the ever-present faces at drug stores, pharmacies, and hospitals across the nation, fulfilling a crucial role in the healthcare system. As the population ages, requiring prescription medication care, pharmacies are becoming more important in the healthcare industry. As such, the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is expanding at a faster rate than average, at 12%, suggesting a need for more skilled workers to fill these opening positions.

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Topics: in-demand occupations, Forward Thinking Careers, skills solution

2018 Summer Solstice: The Solar Industry is Looking Bright

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/21/18 9:32 AM

The summer solstice, happening this year on June 21st, is when the sun reaches the highest and most Northern point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere - making it the longest day of sunshine throughout the year. Many mark this day as the beginning of summer – the season with abundant sunshine and warmth. 

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Topics: in-demand occupations, Forward Thinking Careers, Employers

What Penn Foster Students Who Made the Jump to New Careers Can Teach Employers

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/12/18 11:55 AM

MikeLewisWhenToJump.jpgMike Lewis, entrepreneur and author, recently collaborated with Penn Foster Education in an informative and motivational webinar titled “Make Your Jump.” Lewis, a graduate of Dartmouth, left a prestigious job at a venture capital firm to pursue his passion—playing squash professionally. He teamed up with a panel of diverse Penn Foster students to share their stories and speak to the barriers that often hold them back from tackling their career goals. Though the insights gleaned from the conversation between Lewis and Penn Foster students Rocco, Brittney, and Kathy encourage other students and peers to make the jump toward the career they want, there are a few key takeaways that can inform the way employers approach career development for their employees. 

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, workforce training

Forward Thinking Careers: Virtual Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/7/17 11:00 AM

As workforce investment boards, youth organizations, and staffing companies look to provide job seekers with training in in-demand careers, one occupation that has been emerging recently is virtual assistant. As a whole, the market for administrative assistance is expected to reach over 2 million positions by 2024, creating over 300,000 new jobs.1 With today’s digital world making it commonplace to work remotely, and may small and medium size businesses looking to outsource certain administrative functions, expect many of these new positions to be filled by Virtual Assistance. Likewise, one report estimated the total market for online working, which includes virtual assistants, will eclipse $5 billion by 2018.2

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, workforce investment boards, Employers, Youth Organizations

Forward Thinking Careers: Pharmacy Technician

Posted by Steve Copacino on 3/15/17 3:00 PM

 

As we continue to look at fast-growing careers in the healthcare industry, Pharmacy Technicians stands out as yet another in-demand profession. Expected to grow by 9% in the U.S. over the next decade, adding over 34,000 new jobs1, Pharmacy Technicians play a critical role in pharmacy operations. Much like Home Health Aide, the demand for Pharmacy Technicians is largely driven by an aging population, which in turn leads to an increase in demand for prescription medications.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools, Employers, Youth Organizations, Forward Thinking Careers

Forward Thinking Careers: Security Guard

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/21/17 2:00 PM

Within the next decade, the overall number of Security Guards in the United States is expected to grow by 5%, adding over 200,000 new job openings by 2024. These job prospects were described as “excellent” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics1. Security Guards are critical personnel at a range of locations in every facet of the U.S. economy, including banks, hospitals, hotels & resorts, casinos, stadiums, universities, and malls.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, Colleges & Career Schools, Youth Organizations, Employers

Forward Thinking Careers: Guest Service Agent

Posted by Steve Copacino on 2/14/17 3:00 PM

The Leisure and Hospitality industry, as a whole, is expected add over 900 million jobs by 20241. Guest Service Agents are the lifeblood this industry, consisting of customer facing positions such as Front Desk Associate, Concierge, and Guest Service Specialist. These positions are at locations such as, but not limited to, hotels, resorts, casinos, and cruise lines.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, Employers

 

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