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Access Career Clusters & Pathways Guide Online

Choosing the right career requires linking what you know about yourself to information about jobs, education, and training requirements. The most comprehensive site to help career advisers, students, job seekers, and career changers do this is the NC CAREER CLUSTERS GUIDE, now accessible via CAWD’s home page.

The Interest Profiler identifies personal characteristics, strengths, and activities one enjoys then suggests different kinds of work the person should explore. Users can also take a “Reality Check” which suggests jobs based on a desired lifestyle and corresponding income necessary to financially support that lifestyle. Users are guided through more than 900 careers. Occupations within each cluster have similar knowledge and skill requirements, but when linked with the results from the Interest Profiler, are narrowed down to those which most closely match the person’s work-related interests.

Pathways, job descriptions, employment data, wages, and career stories from real people make this career guide a must-see for workforce stakeholders and partners.  Whether planning a future career or getting ready to enter the job market, getting a well-rounded understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates is always helpful. The NC Career Clusters Guide can also be printed from the website.

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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Jobs

If you live in Johnston county and lost your job due to Hurricane Matthew, temporarily or permanently, you could get a temporary job with government agencies that are helping with recovery efforts. Positions include admin, clean-up, social services/customer service, and many others and can last up to 1 year.

JCI  operates the program in Johnston. If you are interested in qualifying for job, send your information to Taylor.Kirks@jcindustries.com or call 919-815-3675.

 

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Backpacks-2-Briefcases Helps Recent Grads Find Jobs

It’s no secret that the education system doesn’t really give students real-world jobs skills. Add to that the challenge of transitioning from 12-16 years as a student to a life with a different set of rules and expectations. What most employers want is someone with experience who can hit the ground running, a quality most recent grads lack.

Brittany Sands’ problem as a recent grad was not unique. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Research. Unable to land a job in her field, she took a cashier job at CVS. While researching internships, she came across the Backpacks-to-Briefcases program. As a participant, she learned how to improve her resume, interview skills, and presentation skills. Everything learned was put into practice at a job fair organized specifically for participants. There, Brittany was offered a paid internship by Premier Research where she received valuable work experience while the program paid her wages. When the internship ended, she was hired full-time as a Procurement Strategic Sourcing Specialist.

Backpacks-to-Briefcases was first created in 2012 as a CAWD youth program. It was designed specifically to give college graduates the right combination of knowledge, skills, and practical experience to enter the job market, while mitigating training expenses employers. Eighty-six participants were placed at that time. In 2015, it was expanded as Backpacks-2-Briefcases 2.0 in partnership with NC State University, CAWD, and a $386,000 grant by Duke Energy Foundation.

Workforce development programs like Backpacks-to-Briefcases are indicative of the innovative solutions such collaborations can achieve. Participants like Brittany get a foot in the door in order to begin good careers and businesses find people with the skills they need.

To learn more about the program, contact the Capital Area Youth & Young Adult Center at
919-758-8453.

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TechHire

TechHire is for individuals aged 17-29 looking to go into information technology and cyber security careers. These are high-skill / high-demand occupations with established career pathways.  In North Carolina, Computer User Support Specialist enjoy a median wage of $46,670. From there one can become a Computer Network Support Specialist ($57,970), Network and Computer Systems Administrator ($75,130), and Computer Network Architect ($100,800).

With additional training and experience, the pathway can lead to Computer and Information Systems Manager (NC Median Wage $124,420), Computer Systems Analyst ($84,640), and Information Security Analyst ($86,180).

Those interested should visit TriangleTechHire.com and complete the contact form to learn more.

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New Tech School Prepares JoCo Students for In-demand Jobs

Clayton High School will house the new Johnston County Career and Technical Academy opening next year.  The school will offer nursing, computer science, medical assistance and college transfer, allowing graduates to either enter the workforce or transfer to a 4-year college as a junior. These areas of study are in-demand in Johnston County and are growing occupations. Read the full story at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/johnston-county/article85537997.html

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Grand Opening a Big Success!

The NCWorks Career Center in Clayton is “official” now!  Several guests and partners witnesses the center’s grand opening on March 11th, including Capital Area Workforce Development Chair Susan Jackson of BCBS and Clayton Chamber of Commerce Jim Godfrey.  Will Collins, Director of NCWorks at NC Dept of Commerce and Secretary of Commerce Jim Skvarla were guest speakers.

Career center staff did a wonderful job putting on a great event. Job seekers and employers are encouraged to visit the center anytime.