On May 8, the U.S. Jobs Report revealed an unemployment rate of 14.7 percent. It’s a bleak picture. So, what can a job seeker do?
Pick Up High-Demand Skills
It’s an obvious recommendation, but there really is a lot to choose from right now. You might have noticed the coding and web development boot camp ads popping up on social media and LinkedIn. These fast-paced programs yield high-demand skills, and typically accommodate online or on-campus education.
While exploring your options, don’t be shy about asking for career outcomes. Program coordinators should be able to tell you where their grads get hired, what the hiring rate looks like, and what type of salary to expect.
Choosing a Program
Workforce development programs cover a massive range of training opportunities across industries, and vary significantly in length.
For a fast turnaround, some programs such as the Microsoft Imagine Academy can take only 8 to 20 hours to finish. Students end up with coveted skills in popular applications such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word.
Certificate and associate degree pathways also lead to rewarding careers, and often have flexible schedules meant for adult learners. In its May issue, Business NH Magazine covered degree and training programs across New Hampshire aimed at working professionals, see the piece here.
State and Federal Support
State and federal agencies, offering such programs as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), have adjusted to the remote learning environment by allowing online programs to be eligible for training funds. Funding support and the availability of different training programs changes constantly. NH Employment Security (NHES), the NH Department of Businesses and Economic Affairs (BEA), and WIOA are good resources to see what’s out there.
Finishing a Degree
A furloughed worker with an incomplete degree will have their pick of online programs. If you find yourself in this position, contact Admissions and Advising offices at local colleges and have them look into a prior learning assessment for you.
You may be closer to the finish line than you think. Between work experience, prior learning, and ACE credits for military veterans; a new student may begin a program with a few classes or even a semester already done.