Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need

Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need

Nicholas Wyman

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0804140782

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Get ready to relearn everything you thought you knew about what a successful career path can look like.

Today, unemployment hovers at a near-record high, yet 3.5 million American jobs remain unfilled. Why? Because companies simply cannot find people with the skills they actually need.

The good news is that this skills gap represents unprecedented opportunities for every person seeking a successful and exciting career. But these opportunities can’t be found inside the walls of the traditional classroom. Instead, they lie in the myriad of educational options that provide the technical, vocational, and soft skills on demand in today’s workplace, such as:

-Professional certifications: Start your career faster in fields like bioscience aviation, culinary arts, and medical technology.

-Associates degrees: Increase earning potential through inexpensive 2-year programs in subjects like civil engineering, environmental science, education, and nursing.

-Apprenticeships: Earn while you learn under the direct supervision of a skilled expert. Far beyond the artisan trades, today’s apprenticeships can be found at companies like Volkswagen and Siemens.

-Occupational learning: Refresh or reboot your skill sets through on-the-job training or online education.

In Job U, you’ll learn about these paths to rewarding occupations; where to find them and how to parlay them into the best paying job in any field. And along the way, you’ll meet individuals of all ages who have attained their “dream jobs” through a non-traditional education: from an emergency air paramedic, to a lead mechanic of a racecar team, to an engineer of complex gas turbine generators, to a bestselling cookbook author.

Whether you are recent high school or college graduate, or well along in your career journey, Job U will help you find your way to a more secure and prosperous future.

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pastries, and a mini shopping mall run by future businessmen and -women getting a hands-on education in management or business. There’s also a café—aptly named the Fife and Drum—where aspiring chefs will fix you a nice meal. Juniors and seniors with acceptable academic records have even more opportunities to learn in real-world situations, thanks to the school’s extensive cooperative program and internships at local health care centers. Some 22 percent of Minuteman’s seniors participate in the

occasion, I wrapped up the session and took the first question from a lady in the third row, who excitedly asked, “You work for Donald Trump, right? You know, from the show The Apprentice?” From that day on, to avoid any confusion with the popular TV show, I like to kick off my talks by describing what the term “apprenticeship” means to me. Although there are many subtly different meanings of the word, and terminology differs country to country, for most businesses and organizations and around

future generations. And you will meet some aspiring apprentices working in fields many millionaires would pay to spend a day in. Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, England Seventy-five years ago, during the desperately fought Battle of Britain at the beginning of World War II, squadrons of Supermarine Spitfires roared off from Duxford to defend English airspace against fierce attack. Today, the country faces a very different threat: high youth unemployment. And once again the venerable Spitfire

Greg and many like him help bridge the gap between new employee and employer expectations by actually visiting workplaces and talking to both the apprentices and supervisors about their progress and any barriers that could be interfering with their immediate and long-term success. WHAT’S A GTO? In Australia, group training organizations are usually community-based, not-for-profit organizations that directly employ apprentices and then place them with host employers. The GTO takes care of the

Community College. Obama related how the company not only paid Jackie’s tuition and helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training, it eventually hired her to help operate their plant. “I want every American looking for work,” President Obama continued, “to have the same opportunity as Jackie did. Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job.” He then called on Congress to give the nation’s community colleges the

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