Find a passion! 1) This simply means understanding what motivates them. 2) What are the things that they (or others) feel they are good at doing or learning (ie: working with hands, being creative, understanding of mathematics or science, etc.)? 3) Where are the highest levels of confidence (verbal skills, technology, writing, etc)? Research! The two essential pieces of information from this due diligence are: 1) What job opportunities are there TODAY, 5 years, 10 years and 20 years from now in their career choice? 2) What training/skills are required to obtain the FIRST job (s) in this field? The job market will continue to grow, but will require a changing need in skills. The top ten as jobs that employers are having difficulty filling as reported in the ManpowerGroup 2012 Talent Survey are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Skilled Trades Workers 6. Drivers Engineers 7. Mechanics IT Staff 8. Nurses Sales Representatives 9. Machinists/Machine Operators Accounting & Finance Staff 10. Teachers Today’s job market demands many skills that don’t necessarily require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, yet job seekers can get into a rewarding and well-paying career with training in skills that can be obtained through a technical, business or trade school. Before our population of young adults (exiting the high school years) make decisions to invest in a college degree that may not put them into a career using their education or even give them the ability to find a job…consider this…To sustain economic growth, by 2030 the U.S. will need to add more than 25 million workers. The jobs are, and will be out there…but where are all of these workers going to come from? TQR 22 The Quarter Roll July 2012 Click Here! Subscribe To The Quarter Roll!