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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.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Nicholas Wyman is a speaker and expert on applying real-world solutions to the challenges companies face in ﬁnding skilled employees. He is CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, which develops mentoring programs for corporations and places people in apprenticeship and training programs globally. He has an MBA and has studied at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Recently ''Job U'' was recommended to me and I have to say that it turned out to be just what I needed. My career has been floundering for a while and I have begun looking for other opportunities, ones that would not only sustain me, but provide me with a solid career path and a flourishing life. The book was a great glimpse into new ways of considering reinventing my career and just how to do it, providing an informed foundation of information about what jobs are in desperate need of skilled workers, how to get the skills and the knowledge to get those jobs, and how to get motivated about changing your career path in a successful way. What I liked best about this guide is that it can relate to everyone... no matter where you are in your life path or what career you had before reading it. Nicholas Wyman does a great job of exploring the possibilities available to us all and just how to make it happen in a way that leads to success, wealth, happiness and a solid career path.
Putting skills to work… - While I happen to have an advanced degree, I am no longer under the delusion that this gives me any sort of big edge when it comes to professional success or getting the job of my dreams. In fact, I can't remember the last time that I have actually used the skills or knowledge that I gleamed from those years of ""higher learning"" in the workforce. If anything, they have occasionally served as roadblocks for me because I was pigeonholed into something that I no longer wanted to be. Nicholas Wyman has penned a very important book about a deficit that we are seeing in today's workforce. There is a deficit between thousands of open positions that have a need for specific skill sets and people who possess these skills, or are able to communicate that they do, and fill these jobs. While unemployment in this country may still be a record highs, there are unprecedented opportunities to be had if people simply knew where to look and had the resources to pursue them. The magical part about this whole thing is that the ""resources"" part has nothing to do with going back to college and getting another degree. Wyman stresses the importance of such novel things as professional certifications, apprenticeships and even occupational learning - either on-the-job or online. This out of the box thinking about developing the skills to fill an existing need, for some very rewarding and growing occupations, is what makes this book so refreshing and revolutionary. Some of the best parts for me were the numerous success stories that were given throughout - showing that these methods really do produce real world results.