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There’s a new information source for those who want to investigate top jobs and industries in the Triangle region. Trianglecareerpathways.com was developed specifically to provide job descriptions, education and training requirements, and resources for job seekers, career-builders, or career-changers. What’s unique about the site is it only features occupations that are high-growth and high-demand; those that employers are having a tough time filling.
Career pathways provide options for career growth by showing job entry/exit points along with typical qualifications and wages as one gains knowledge and experience along the way. For example, one may enter the information technology career pathway as a help desk support specialist with an associates degree and a certification. After some experience, the person may decide to get new certifications to qualify for a higher paying job in the field. While some may be content at that position, others may decide to enroll for a 4-year degree in order to go even higher.
Perhaps someone is already at a mid-level position. They too can find out what jobs and requirements are required to move higher, or they may choose a lateral position that fits the career change they’d like to make. It’s all about options!
There is also a resource page where users can find training providers or download career guides and other useful information.
Trianglecareerpathways.com is the result of collaboration between CAWD, Durham and Kerr-Tar workforce development boards.
Are you a Wake Tech or Johnston Community College student who needs up to $1000 in emergency assistance to finish your education? The Finish Line Grant could help! We cover expenses such as vehicle repairs, utility bills, childcare, housing assistance, books, school supplies, medical emergencies, and more. Complete the one-page application today!
For more information or to submit your completed application, please contact Brent Royal at 919-664-7965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We often hear that workforce development programs are some of the best kept secrets in the Triangle. People are paying good money for things that are available for FREE! “Capital Connections” is being published to change that. It is a quick-read community newsletter for our residents and small businesses with information that ultimately will allow everyone to succeed and participate in the economic vitality of the region!
Job seekers in Wake and Johnston counties can now receive some career center services by chat, email web forms, and phone.
The call center, named Access NCWorks, is staffed by career center team members who can answer basic questions and help customers navigate NCWorks Online. In addition to job search assistance, staff can make referrals to other community organizations.
The call center is a major step towards helping individuals in vulnerable communities, and the disabled, access career services without having to travel to a physical location. If
you have clients who can benefit from this service, have them log-on or call the center
CAWD now has funds to help students at Johnston Community College and Wake Tech with financial emergencies. Unforeseen financial burdens often derail students from completing degree and training programs. NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the Finish Line grant program to fund collaboration between workforce development and community colleges to help these students.
Applicants can receive up to $1000.00 per school year and can apply at their financial aid offices. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in addition to the type of financial emergency. Applications will be forwarded to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination.
Students with questions should contact their school’s financial aid office.
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.
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
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).
Soft skills are the intangible personal qualities that employers want in workers; dependability, work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility, team-oriented, and able to work under pressure. Now job candidates can prove they have the soft skills employers desire most.
Working Smart, a 16-lesson soft skills curriculum taught over a minimum of 24 hours. Participants receive certificates only after they demonstrate competency using self-awareness, self-management, communication, and problem-solving skills. They must also demonstrate aptitude in work ethic.
The first class begins May 9th at the NCWorks Career Center at Tillery Place in Raleigh. Participants must register online at NCWorks.gov and attend all sessions.