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Careers in the News

May 13 - 20

Government action to increase Science and Engineering careers.  To ensure a strong supply of high level Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills (STEM) the Government has announced it is to improve the careers information available to young people, teachers and parents on the range of exciting opportunities open to them. Increasing the study of STEM subjects is needed to meet the needs of the knowledge economy and underpin the country's science and engineering base.  Click HERE to read more.

'101 Careers You Can Train for Online' Available at  "101 Careers You Can Train For Online" is a fun, informational new feature at People who aren't able to enroll in a traditional campus college degree program can use technology to obtain a degree.  Click HERE to read more.

Great outdoor careersLove being outside? These jobs and majors use the great outdoors.  Do you like hunting, fishing, trapping, conservation? Consider going into wildlife law enforcement.  Jeff Herrick is District 3 Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.  Click HERE to read more.

An ‘inside’ look at medical jobs.  A display of various human organs was both gross and cool, students touring St. Francis Hospital said last week.   Peter Benda, a pathologist at St. Francis, showed the middle-schoolers an eyeball, a kidney, an aorta, a uterus, lungs, a heart and a small intestine.   Click HERE to read more.

Chemistry: Preparation for a Variety of Careers.  Thalia-Rae Perryman and Geoff Bean can be seen on campus walking hand-in-hand feeling chemistry. Not only are they feeling chemistry, but they are studying, researching and teaching chemistry.  Perryman, a 20-year-old from Brookings, S.D., and Geoff Bean, a 23-year-old from Redmond, Wash. are not only dating each other, but the two are also teaching assistants in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.  Click HERE to read more.

May 5 - May 12

NASA And Faa Team to Encourage Aviation and Space Careers NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster the development of students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The agreement supports the FAA's mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world and NASA's mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.  Click HERE to read more.

Changing careers, impacting students.  More school teachers from a variety of backgrounds are prepared for the workforce after the conclusion of the latest Indiana University School of Education's "Transition to Teaching" or "T2T" program.  The program is an alternative, quicker path to training and licensure for college graduates who want to teach, but do not have an education degree. Recent grads can enter T2T -- which includes both elementary and secondary education sequences -- but often enrollees are leaving an already-established career path.  Click HERE to read more.

Vault Releases First Edition of Guide to Actuarial Careers.  Once primarily found in the insurance industry, actuaries are now found throughout corporate America, helping executives make intelligent and informed financial decisions. In addition to helping insurers mitigate the chances of losses, actuaries help weigh risk in pension funds, stock and bond portfolios, and even hedge funds. Actuaries also work in areas beyond the financial industry, helping to determine and alleviate risks for product launches, production facility expansions and much more.  Click HERE to read more.

Students build resumes for building-industry careers.  It's been a little while, but Bill Troiano participated in the building trades program when he was a high school student at Fauquier High School. Now he finds himself teaching students, along with Randy White. But the program has grown a lot since Troiano learned to hammer. Today, "wood-tech"students are learning to build sought-after rustic, outdoor furniture, and building trades students are building a house, temporarily located on the high school campus.  Click HERE to read more.

Career tech putting students to work.  Adam Calloway’s intricate wood pens look like something in a specialty shop.  Sanding the pens in preparation for the regional wood working competition, Adam has found his niche in wood.  “I want to move to Colorado and open my own business selling wood cabinetry or maybe a pen shop,” said Adam, a Harbor Springs sophomore.  Click HERE to read more.

April 29 - May 5

FiredUP Careers Reveals Top 10 Tips for New Grads Seeking Their First Job.  "Making the transition from college student to full-time member of the workforce can be a difficult time for many graduates," says Robin Ogden of FiredUP Careers. "Many graduates will accept responsibilities for their own lives and their own financial support for the very first time." "Many graduates," says Chris Fogarty, partner in FiredUP Careers, "are advised to simply apply for and accept any job that comes to their attention. Unfortunately, far too many new graduates are guided by this advice and settle for jobs in which they are undervalued and under-challenged."  Click HERE to read more.

Study finds happiness linked to rewarding careers
If you’re looking for happiness and isn’t working, consider a career in helping people. Workers who spend their days improving the lives of others are among the most satisfied in the country, according to a recent study from University researchers.  The new report links people’s jobs to how satisfied they are in their careers as well as to their general happiness.  Click HERE to read more.

Plugged in to Madison: Careers blogger took own advice and moved hereAbove the pleasant chatter of the morning rush at the coffee shop at East Johnson and Paterson streets, a single determined voice rises. "This is what I'm thinking ... ."  The voice belongs to Penelope Trunk, a columnist and blogger for the Boston Globe and Yahoo!, and a recent arrival to Madison who has a book on careers coming out this month.  Click HERE to read more.

OUR VIEW: Technical education has a big impact on the state economy
Wisconsin technical college officials are still talking about a report released last month by a private taxpayers group that shows the considerable economic impact of the colleges.  Click HERE to read more.

April 22 - 28

Parents Let Kids Explore Careers:  National Event for Young People Enters its 15th Year.  Today will be an extra special workday for Thomas Doughman.  He will be joining an estimated 35 million Americans participating in the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, originated by the New York-based Ms. Foundation for Women.  Click HERE to read more.

Course Nurtures High School Students’ Interest in Health Careers.  Junior and senior high school students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, or the biological sciences are taking part in an eight-week program designed to encourage that interest.  Now in its 10th year, High School Mini Medical/Dental School includes weekly two-hour lectures and demonstrations by faculty from the UConn schools of medicine and dental medicine.  Click HERE to read more.

Ocean-Mapping Project May Lure Students to Science Careers.  The underwater explorer who found the wreckage of the Titanic said Tuesday that America is in danger of losing its standing as the world's leader in science to China, India and other countries.  But Robert Ballard says an ocean-mapping project that will be launched next year could steer more students into science and technology, helping buck a trend that saw China graduate 500,000 engineers last year compared to just 50,000 in the U.  Click HERE to read more.

Senate OKs bill to boost science and math skills.  The compromise legislation is designed to help keep the U.S. competitive in an increasingly high-tech world economy.  Congressional Democrats and Republicans have found something they agree on — boosting U.S. technological prowess by improving science and mathematics instruction from kindergarten through graduate school and assisting researchers early in their careers.  Click HERE to read more.

April 15 - 21

Transferable Skills And Portable Careers.  Success in today's job market requires more than just solid lab skills and a stack of publications. Whether seeking tenure-track academic jobs, industry research positions, or nontraditional science careers, many job seekers are finding that a well-honed pipette thumb is not enough to land them an offer.  Click HERE to read more.

Sixth-Graders Build Bridge to Future Careers.  Hundreds of Popsicle sticks and bottles of Elmer's glue were transformed last week into mini bridges, constructed by sixth-graders at Golden Hills Elementary School, with help from engineers from E&A Consulting Group.  Most of the day the engineer wannabes tinkered with their creations in the quest to be named the strongest bridge.  Click HERE to read more.

Truck Driving Careers Offer Stability, Opportunity.  Whether you’re looking to start a new career or are just starting off in the working world, truck driving careers are a rewarding choice—and will be for years to come.  We are a nation of consumers, and our economy depends on the timely movement and delivery of goods to various points all over the country. Whether it’s automobiles from manufacturing plants to local dealers, or imported goods from our sea ports to internal distribution centers, the trucking industry has become the piston in the engine of commerce in the United States.  Click HERE to read more.

Program Helps Kids Make ‘Life Plan’.  Middle-schoolers generally don’t spend much time thinking about careers, learning styles or life after high school.  Academy School District 20 is trying to change that.  The district in northern Colorado Springs launched a program this school year in which middle and high school students develop a “life plan” to help keep them focused in the seven years leading to graduation.  Click HERE to read more.

Career Day Gives Kids Sense of Options.  Eric Creighton, 8, was excited to hear Angel Fabian explain what it's like to be a culinary expert.  "We got to see a real chef," he said, "He has been cooking, since he was 9."  Creighton and about 400 other Lyons Elementary School students took part Wednesday in the school's annual Career Day.  Click HERE to read more.

April 8 - 14

"Let Health Bloom" plants seeds for medical careers.  "Let Health Bloom" is a program designed to bring students from grades 5 through 12 to the hospitals in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey system, and give them hands-on learning.  And it does so literally.  When middle school students were allowed to study a human brain at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, hands-on meant hands-on.  Click HERE to read more.

Game Careers: The Basics.  I've often told those that ask me for career advice about the game industry, "even if I won the lottery, I'd still make games!" There aren't a lot of other careers you can say that about.   What It Takes - Making games isn't for everyone. It requires a certain kind of person.  Click HERE to read more.

Championship Event Showcases Tomorrow's Engineers: Students Jumpstart Careers Through Autodesk and FIRST Robotics Competition.  As some of the best young minds in the world converge on Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship April 12-14, Autodesk, Inc.'s commitment to the next generation of engineers will be showcased on an international stage. The event is the culmination of 37 regional competitions held earlier this year featuring 1,300 teams from seven countries.  Click HERE to read more.

Grammy Foundation to host program for students.  The Grammy Foundation® will host an interactive program for high school & college students on April 14. The sound check offers students from the New Orleans area the unique opportunity to experience a special rehearsal with Blue Man Group, followed by an interactive question-and-answer discussion.  Click HERE to read more.

April 1 - 7

NASA helps Girl Scouts Explore Technical Careers.  Volunteers interested in space, science, math and technology programs should take notice of "Adventures in Human Space Exploration," a Girl Scouts workshop sponsored by the scouts and NASA Cleveland.  "We want to increase these types of programs to the girls," manager of programs Jennifer Kruger said. "By recruiting volunteers and providing them with training and resources, they can return to their communities and work with the scouts in their area."  Click HERE to read more.

Job Growth Targets Both High, Low Wage Careers as Middle Suffers Loss.  The United States reported adding approximately 180,000 jobs to payrolls in March 2007, which was slightly higher than expected. With a workforce of approximately 150 million however, new jobs in March continued to be either higher wage positions ($100,000 per year or more) or lower-wage (below general standards of living) with fewer jobs available in the mid-salary range.  Click HERE to read more.

7 Great Careers for 2007.  If someone asked me which careers were best, I wouldn't cop out and simply say, "It's a matter of what fits you." But here are seven careers that I believe, for many college-educated people, provide an ideal combination of money, status, sense of fulfillment and good quality of life, and have good job market prospects for the foreseeable future.  Click HERE to read more.

5 careers with style.  Fashion jobs aren't just about designing. Other aspects of the industry offer opportunity.  Today, all three work in the same field: fashion.  Click HERE to read more.

Web site Helps Students Find Seasonal Jobs, Start is a Web site for people to find a seasonal job or career in some popular places like Yellowstone, Yosemite or even out of the United States. Students can get a summer job as a camp counselor, or they can work at places like ski resorts, ranches, theme parks and tour companies.  CoolWorks offers links to Web sites that are interesting jobs. In addition, the site has places for internships and volunteering.  Click HERE to read more.

School Program Makes Connection Between Curriculum, Careers.  When Washington Middle School students Samantha Newsham and Samantha Vickory chose forestry for their career showcase project, they had no idea how much fun they would have.  "My favorite part of the trip was all the mud - there was so much mud everywhere," said Newsham, who along with Vickory went to see an actual logging operation in Flintstone.  Click HERE to read more.

March 25 - 31

Building Roads and Careers in 21st Century.  If you are looking for a career that offers you better than average earning potential, employee benefits and opportunities for advancement as well as on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs then the road building and heavy construction industry wants you. This interesting and ever changing industry offers potential employees a broad range of challenging career opportunities.  Click HERE to read more.

Indiana U, HBCUs Partner to Increase Minorities in Science Career.  Named The STEM Initiative because it focuses on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, the partnership will increase the number of minority students in STEM graduate programs, provide research opportunities for students and build multi-institutional STEM research collaborations.  Click HERE to read more.

Promising Careers? Teacher, Salesman, Mechanic. If you're about to graduate high school and have abso-friggin-lutely no idea how you'll make money after your parents cut you off, Manpower Inc. says the three career paths mostly likely to offer jobs are teaching, sales and mechanics.  Click HERE to read more.

Working Women Balance Careers, Home Life.  Women have made tremendous strides in the work place over the past few decades, but balancing work and family can be exhausting.  The Observer-Dispatch interviewed four women about how they've managed as the nation marks Women's History Month.  Click HERE to read more.

NADA's Automotive Career Month Kicks Off Next Week. Students across the U.S. will learn about the wide variety of career opportunities available in automobile and truck dealerships during Automotive Career Month in April -- an initiative sponsored by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).  Click HERE to read more.

Court Reporting Careers on the Rise.  Whether it's a courthouse or a TV studio, there are plenty of career opportunities for capable court reporters. Court reporting skills are in demand as job openings continue to outnumber job seekers. Roughly 60 percent of court reporters are employed in traditional roles in state and local governments.  Click HERE to read more.

Wanted: A Few Good Engineers.  NASA scientists experiment with a laser, probing the energy of atoms in very excited states, to improve the use of lasers in space. That was the '60s, when aerospace engineers, too, were in very excited states, especially when compared with today.  Click HERE to read more.

March 18 - 24

Car makers hope to attract teens to careers as mechanics.  As far back as Hannah Perry can remember, she's wanted to be an auto mechanic.  Just get her started, and the 16-year-old high school junior from Pauline will launch into a rapid-fire description of how to take out a car transmission. "I've been working on getting this career started since my ninth-grade year," she explains.  Perry's just the type of teen being sought by automakers, which are trying to shore up the ranks of dealership mechanics because they forecast an impending shortage of the workers as older ones retire and more cars take to the roads.  Click HERE to read more.

Expose children to career choices.  What do you want to be when you grow up? Boys and girls today have hundreds of answers for this age-old question: Teacher, doctor, astronaut, writer, scientist, professional basketball player, to name but a few. In fact, children today can probably count on having several different careers in their lifetime.  Click HERE to read more.

Best Jobs in America: Reported By Money Magazine.  Exclusive List Developed with to Find the Best 'Second Act' Careers Nearly 60% of People Surveyed Have or Are Considering Switching Careers.  MONEY, the country's largest personal finance magazine, and, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand compensation management solutions, unveiled today an exclusive list of the best jobs in America for people looking to upgrade their careers.  Click HERE to read more.

Career Fair opens eighth-graders’ eyes to future job opportunities.  Genna Partika, an eighth-grader at Hortonville Middle School, admits she is clueless about the job market and hasn’t done much thinking about her career goals yet.  So the 13-year-old was happy to check out a variety of occupations today at “Passport for Success,” a career fair for eighth-graders put on by Career Connection, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce’s career exploration center.  Click HERE to read more.

March 11 - 17

Forum Suggests Early Look at Careers.  The integration of career opportunities into elementary or middle school curriculum could enhance the county's future workforce, according to many local businesspeople, educators, government officials and students who attended an event regarding the issue Friday.  Click HERE to read more.

Students Question College Careers as Costs Rise.  Recently approved university fee hikes will present daunting obstacles for some local high school students who are already unsure about their college futures.
University of California fees will rise by 7 percent and California State University fees, by 10 percent, beginning next fall. It will mark the fifth time in six years that the institutions raised fees.  Click HERE to read more.

Non-Traditional Careers.  Gina Clark never held a welding torch before last Saturday, but now the Marietta mother of four hopes a career in welding is something that might spark her interest for a lifetime.  “They let me weld, and it’s a cool experience,” Clark, 28, said.  Click HERE to read more.

Fewer Students Pursuing Computer Careers.  A life working with computers conjures up images of sitting in a cramped cubicle hunched over a computer or fiddling with wires in a dimly lit room.  In the corporate world, those people are often known as "computer monkeys."  The perception is that it's a dull life, a geeky life, a life few people want.  Click HERE to read more.

Women Execs: Gender is Still Big Advancement Hurdle
Women say their gender still plays a key role in limiting their achievement in the workplace, according to a research report released today by Accenture. The report, based on a survey of more than 2,200 executives in 13 countries, also found that while male and female executives generally believe their careers are progressing as they had expected, women have lower expectations than men do about how high they might advance in their professions.  Click HERE to read more.

March 4 - 10

The Best Job for You.  Doctor. Lawyer. Business executive. Most people planning a career aim for professions they know the most about. (US News presents Best Careers 2007) But those aren't always the best jobs. Sifting through trends in the economy and the workplace, U.S. News has identified 10 professions that will be in growing demand as baby boomers age, the Internet becomes ubiquitous, and Americans seek richer, simpler lives.  All of the jobs offer a good blend of status, meaning, quality of life, and pay.  Click HERE to read more.

Good careers start with good resumes.  For the past 14 years, I have taught a required Grand View College course that trains communication students to prepare materials for the job-search process. During that time, I also have been part of several hiring committees, both on campus and in the community. After recently heading up another search, I've concluded that many applicants sabotage their chances by failing to present themselves well on paper.  Click HERE to read more.

Teens train for ‘Tomorrow’ - Many gain the skills needed for careers.  Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), since its founding in 1983, has become one of the leading job training organizations in New York City, helping over 2,800 young adults obtain employment in various settings including law firms, financial services, government, and other white collar businesses.  Click HERE to read more.

Guide to Computing Careers Helps Students Develop Right Skills  ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has produced a guide to prepare students for careers in computing, one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. ACM, the largest society for computer scientists and engineers, collaborated with IEEE Computer Society and AIS (the Association for Information Systems) to publish "Computing Degrees & Careers", a concise brochure detailing what computer professionals do. It also describes the growing range of career opportunities that mark today's information-oriented society, and identifies the major areas of study open to those with an interest in this expanding field. The brochure, which is being showcased at ACM's SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education conference) this week, highlights the role educators can play in encouraging students to take an interest in computing careers.  Click HERE to read more.

Mentoring Helps American Girls Succeed in Careers, Life Washington.  Girls who are coached in sports, leadership and academics from as young as 8 years old are better equipped to combat social pressures and enter adulthood as healthy individuals, says social worker and triathlete Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, a nongovernmental organization ( NGO ).  Click HERE to read more.

February 25 - March 3

8th-grade girls get taste of math, science careers.  An air traffic controller, an engineer, an optometrist and a zookeeper were all on the workshop docket for a Thursday conference attended by 600 East Valley girls at the University of Redlands.  The message that planners of the 13th annual Math-Science Conference for eighth-grade girls hoped to send was that women can choose any occupation, just like men.  Click HERE to read more.

Students place priority on variety.  Shakespeare, rocketry, fashion design, television broadcasting.  "Pretty much anything you're interested in, our school offers it as a class," said Laura Gilmore, a junior at Plantation High. And still, some students will never be satisfied.  Click HERE to read more.

Young people get jump on business careers.  When 600 Girl Scouts gathered in Sacramento on a Saturday in January, they were doing more than learning about cookie sales. They were charting a course for their future.  The girls, part of the Girl Scouts of Tierra del Oro, went far beyond what the public sees of their cookie selling.  Click HERE to read more.

Program to help students with science careers
Hamilton Southeastern to offer biomedical sciences programs in fall
.  Two local high schools will begin offering biomedical sciences programs in the fall to better prepare students for life science careers.  Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers and McKenzie Career Center in Lawrence Township were two of 16 area high schools that received $25,000 grants from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  Click HERE to read more.

February 18 - 24

MGH research award helps women establish scientific careers.  A program that provides modest research funding to women initiating careers in medical research has produced significant results in helping recipients both stay in academic research and establish groundwork for securing future research funding.  Click HERE to read more.

Program gives local girls look at tech careers.  More than 160 fourth-to-sixth grade Durham girls set aside thoughts of Disney princesses Saturday, as they focused their sights on careers as neonatologists, obstetricians, engineers and laboratory technicians.  Click HERE to read more.

NCC grad puts kids on road to auto careers.  When Pete Raskovic went to Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem Township, Pa., a nun yelled at him for hiding a hot rod magazine behind his Shakespeare book.  "'You're going to wind up to be nothing but a mechanic,' she said to me," Raskovic mused. "And I told her the proper term is technician."   Click HERE to read more.

Students prepare for careers with panel help.  No matter what a student's career goals are, landing the job is the first step in attaining them. Last night's "Strategies that earn great jobs!" reflected how important making first impressions and following through on those impressions are to getting the job that a college graduate would want.  Click HERE to read more.

An overview of careers in investment banking.  Asset management is a career for those who aim to work with clients by offering them advisory services. Career paths for students interested in this field include portfolio management, buy side research or client marketing.  Click HERE to read more.

Hands-on learning leads seniors to ideal careers.  It was a sign for Amanda McClelland when she was longing for her classes during last year's winter break at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center.  She missed her early education classes filled with eight toddlers and infants and 18 to 21 preschools. It was then that the Stevens High School senior knew what her future held: being an early education teacher.  Click HERE to read more.

February 11 - 17

Girls get chance to explore careers in math and science.  Girls will learn about math- and science-related careers at an upcoming conference, EXPLORATHON.  The daylong event will be Wednesday, April 4, under the auspices of the Birmingham branch, American Association of University Women. It is for girls in the tri-county area, grades eight-12, and is also open to boys.  Click HERE to read more.

5 careers with heart.  Maybe your job doesn't exactly make your heart skip a beat. The love isn't there, so to speak.  If it's time to change careers and the medical field has always interested you, why not a career in hearts?
Cardiovascular health is, without a doubt, the place to be. Openings in almost every category in the field are expected to grow faster than other careers through 2010 -- some jumping 26 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Click HERE to read more.

Club guides kids toward technical careers.  Several Chico State students traveled to San Jose State over the weekend to spark middle-schoolers' interest in technical careers through science experiments and workshops.  Members of Latinos in Technical Careers, a student club at Chico State, volunteered their time Saturday to encourage younger students to think about studying math, science and engineering in college.  Click HERE to read more.

Online Mentoring Promotes Diversity in Sciences, Engineering.  Young scientists and engineers can get assistance with career development through an online mentoring program that aims to promote diversity by offering advice and support to traditionally underrepresented groups, particularly women.  MentorNet is a nonprofit network that matches undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and early-career faculty with professionals in their fields for structured, e-mail-based mentoring.  Click HERE to read more.

Forming A Bridge To Medical Careers.  The day’s English class lesson is written on the board: “How can we develop three-dimensional characters?” Students sit in clusters as they silently scribble down their ideas to read out loud to the class.   The goal of the lesson is to create a descriptive profile of a character with some unexpected twists, and in some ways, the students themselves are like the fictional characters they create: future medical students and doctors assiduously working on their literary craft.  Click HERE to read more.

February 4 - 10

Students tryout careers in science, arts, more.  With several dozen professionals within reach Thursday morning at Hidden Valley Middle School, almost 400 eighth-graders got the chance to jump start their future career plans as they grilled scientists, models and civil servants to find out what their dream really had in store for them.  Click HERE to read more.

For some students, training in medical careers part of school.  One of Dee Blocker's patients may have been a real dummy, but that did not get in the way of her demonstrating the proper way to care for a sick person.  She displayed her ability at the Regional Leadership Conference for Health Occupation Students of America Feb. 3 at Orange Park High School. Click HERE to read more.

Science mentors:  New materials supplement programs, push related careers.  The race is on.  When talk turns to which nation will travel to the moon again, or which country's students will top the test score charts, the topic of making Americans more competitive in science comes up. Click HERE to read more.

January 28 - February 3

Young carpenters building careers:  Contest lets them showcase their considerable skill.  A parking lot off East Ajo Way was transformed into a wood shop Friday to host this year's regional carpentry contest for high school students.
Organized by Santa Rita High School shop teacher Chuck Gallagher, the competition drew 43 students from three school districts.  Click HERE to read more.

More women planting careers in agriculture.  Women involved in the agriculture business shouldn't feel like they're alone in an industry traditionally dominated by men, say Purdue University Extension educators.  The increasing number of women involved in agriculture was one of the driving factors behind creating the Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference six years ago, said conference chairwoman Stacy Herr.  Click HERE to read more.

Females Breaking Ground in Construction Industry, Gain Acceptance, Respect.  Danielle Slagal is a project engineer with Reno Contracting Inc.  The $100 million, 15-floor DiamondView Tower under construction downtown could be considered a manly endeavor, with its location just beyond Petco Park’s outfield fence and its skybox view of the ballgames. But the 300,000-square-foot Class A office tower has female fingerprints all over it.  Click HERE to read more.

Career Website: Giving Graduates Tools for Job Search Success.  With competition tougher than ever in today's highly competitive job market, today's graduates need all the help available to place themselves on a successful career track. An innovative website is answering that need with the tools and training to help graduates at all levels master the strategies and techniques to land the job that will take them where they want to go in their careers.  Click HERE to read more.

January 21 - 27

Guiding teens to careers in arts.  Aspiring teen musicians can take a peek backstage at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend to see just what awaits them - and they'll get a free dinner and concert. Students will talk to arts administrators, musicians and music professors who will walk them through career and college possibilities.  Click HERE to read more.

Kids look behind scenes for careers.  ALBANY -- As the children in the Myers Middle School Leadership Institute toured the emergency room of St. Peter's Hospital, it turned out to be useful for more than just educational purposes. As the doctors staged a mock overdose and described putting a tube down a patient's throat, pumping their patient's stomach and filling it with charcoal, one of the kids in the group fainted.  Click HERE to read more.

Bring back vocational ed.  A WORTHY MEASURE in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget is being dwarfed by the hullabaloo swirling around healthcare reform: increased funding for vocational education.  The $52 million in the governor's budget would be used to coordinate partnerships between colleges and high schools, train teachers and create courses tailored to California's high-growth and emerging industries. 

Key words unlock careers: Pick phrases carefully to pass online resume software filters.  On almost every day of the year, the career Web site has more than 40,000 resumes posted in its database.  Figuring out where the resumes go, how they get there and what makes the difference between getting picked up by an employer and being left in some cyber-black hole can be a daunting task.  Click HERE to read more.

January 14 - 20

Women changing workplace. Headlines suggest women are abandoning careers in droves, most often to stay home with children.  This so-called "opt out" revolution is being led by highly educated graduates of some of the nation's elite colleges, according to studies and media reports.  A new survey challenges this popular wisdom by suggesting that women's career decisions have been misunderstood.  Click HERE to read more.

Tooling Up: Résumé Rocket Science 2007.  Lots of articles and books have been written about résumés and CVs, including previous pieces on Science Careers (see the further reading section below). I generally avoid this topic; in fact, I haven’t given a single “CV workshop” in two decades of presentations about science-career issues.  Click HERE to read more.

IT Careers 2007: Networking Skills in Demand.  The experts have consulted their crystal balls and made their predictions about the IT job market for 2007. The consensus? This year, employers will likely be hiring more IT workers and paying their current workers a little more. The outlook is especially rosy for a few hot job titles and industries.  Click HERE to read more.

Female engineering students don't always pursue the field.  Encouraging women to major in engineering in college does not automatically increase the number of women pursuing engineering careers.  A new survey of college students in the United Kingdom finds that women often see an engineering degree as a good starting point for many careers outside of engineering, so they may pursue the degree with no intention of working in the male-dominated field.  Click HERE to read more.

January 7 - 13

Program helps guide students to careers.  Houston is among four districts pairing eighth-graders, mentors.  Houston is among four school districts participating in the state's new Show-Me Scholars program this year.
The initiative program pairs students with community mentors who give them input on which high school courses to take for future careers.  Click HERE to read more.

Girls learn the ins and outs of today's careers:  Event puts focus on jobs that use math and science, in effort to involve teens.  Michelle Collum, 13, never knew there were so many careers that used math and science. The seventh-grader at Waldo Middle School figured you could be a mathematician, scientist or perhaps a teacher.  Collum realized the list was much longer Saturday during the "Expanding Your Horizons" conference at Willamette University.  Click HERE to read more.

January 1 - 6

Special Feature: Particle Astrophysics Careers.  Lessons learned on the ground--at high-energy particle accelerators and in the minds of leading theorists--are illuminating high-energy events occurring in the sky. Bolstered by improved detector technology, particle physicists look to the stars to study phenomena occurring at energies that terrestrial accelerators can't match. Astrophysicists borrow the tools and approaches of particle physics to understand high-energy phenomena in space.  Click HERE to read more.

New year brings predictions about careers.  There's something about welcoming a new year that fills us all with hope.  Still, there's always room for a little realism along with the hope. That reality check is important because it helps us prepare, and take appropriate action, for the things that may be affecting our careers and our future in the coming year.  Just the person to supply that information is Gerald Celente of The Trends Research Institute, which has been supplying predictions for more than two decades.
Click HERE to read more.

December 25 - 31

High school to focus on health careers.   Any students interested in becoming a pharmacy tech, nurse or even a doctor?  Beginning in August, Mesa school officials plan to enroll the first class of freshman students in Health Science High School.  Over the next four years, the plan is to turn what is currently known as the East Valley Academy into a training ground for students interested in healthcare professions.  Click HERE to read more.

Rotarians help kids explore careers.  Rotary Club of Madison (AL) members are convinced that young minds, seasoned businesspeople and up-to-date tools add up to youth reaching career goals.  Click HERE to read more.

Why Aren’t More Women in Science?  The year 2006 may be remembered for unprecedented attention given to issues related to women in science. Numerous expert panels — most notably one appointed by the National Academies — examined barriers facing female scientists.  Click HERE to read more.

Careers Become Lessons.  A $10 million federal grant will help 10 Miami-Dade schools start career academies that administrators hope lead to increased student success.  Click HERE to read more.

Creating a Strategic Life Plan.  Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the Unites States, said: "Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment."  Having a Strategic Life Plan can help you walk worthy of the calling God has for you.  Click HERE to read more.

December 18 - 24

Program lets kids explore careers.  Johnson High School's John Michael Kishimoto talks about his recent mentorship with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and Capt. John McGinnis during the Hall County Honors Mentorship Presentation Night on Dec. 11.  Click HERE to read more.

Program helps hospital workers advance careers on the job.  The Phoenixville Hospital honored the largest graduating class of its School at Work program with a commencement celebration at the hospital’s conference center Dec. 15.  According to Brian Torrence, director of marketing and public relations, the School at Work program allows employees to go "back to school" during their work day to earn college credits.  Click HERE to read more.

Launch a freelance writing career in 2007.  What is going to be your New Year’s Resolution? For many people, it’s losing weight, paying off debt, or choosing a new career. The last choice is the most popular New Year’s Resolution because many people are unhappy in their careers and they want to make a change.  Brian Konradt, a freelance writer, has launched, a new website to help creative people and creative thinkers decide if a freelance writing career could be their new career choice in 2007.  Click HERE to read more.

An MBA Can Put Your Career on the Fast Track.  If you feel like your career isn’t heading in the direction you’d like, or if you think it might be time to change careers, you may want to start by looking into MBA programs. While on-the-job learning is great training and valuable background, many employers are looking for academic credentials for higher level jobs.  Click HERE to read more.

December 10 - 17

Project IT Aims To Get Girls Interest In IT Careers.   Does your high school daughter have what it takes to be an "it" girl? We're not talking about the girl with the right clothes or makeup, we're talking about the girl interested in information technology.  Click HERE to read more.

Colleges Zero in on Students' Majors.  Colleges around the country are devoting more time, money and staff power to students who can't decide on a major, concerned that many of them will leave school without graduating or will prolong their college careers and take up precious spots for prospective students. Indecision can be costly for students, as well, in times of rising tuition.  Click HERE to read more.

December 3 - 9

Mentoring teams explore agricultural careers.  When James Kapp of Steele, N.D., signed up for the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) Mentoring Program, he had no idea that he would ultimately be putting some of the skills he learned job-shadowing veterinarian Dr. Troy Dutton and his associates to use on his pet.  Click HERE to read more.

Former car workers spy out new careers.  A car assembly line may seem a world away from the CIA or the US Secret Service. Still, some Ford Motor workers are pondering just such a jump after taking early retirement and severance packages from the troubled carmaker.  The CIA and the Secret Service were among dozens of exhibitors at "opportunity fairs" that Ford organized at its US plants in recent months to give workers an idea of what might lie ahead if they decided to move on.  Click HERE to read more.

Finding Careers At Nonprofits, Not By Accident, But By Design.  Question: What employment sector has a do-good mission, rising salaries, expanding opportunities and an appetite for seasoned workers?  If you were to ask the 700 or so attendees of "Philanthropy Day" in Uniondale, N.Y., the consensus would most likely be: the not-for-profit industry, which encompasses organizations ranging from Canine Companions for Independence to the National Organization for Women.  Click HERE to read more.

Careers come to kids.  Cheyenne Lofton is considering a career as a veterinarian, just one of the options she explored Friday during Career Day at Davis Middle School.  “A vet works with a lot of animals,” she said, admitting to being a “city kid.”  In the meantime, Lofton is considering publishing a paper for kids.  Lofton said Career Day gave her the opportunity to hear a number of interesting presentations and check out her ideas.  Click HERE to read more.

Exploring careers: Automotive Service.  Clinton County RESA is providing a place for future auto technicians to get a head start on training. The Automotive Service I & II programs offered by CCRESA Career Connections is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.  Click HERE to read more.

November 26 - December 2

Careers come to kidsCheyenne Lofton is considering a career as a veterinarian, just one of the options she explored Friday during Career Day at Davis Middle School.  “A vet works with a lot of animals,” she said, admitting to being a “city kid.”  Click HERE to read more.

Specialists help students focus on careers.  Preparing more than 990 middle-schoolers for the working world is some task, said Nicole Tucker, a career specialist for the Georgetown County School District.  Some may even call Tucker’s job burdensome as she is responsible for students at both Carvers Bay Middle and Rosemary Middle.
Along with Brenda Barber, Tucker is part of a new state mandate to have a career specialist in all South Carolina middle schools.  Barber serves as the career specialist at Georgetown Middle and Waccamaw Middle.  Click HERE to read more.

Teens get a look at medical careers.  Brad Sher started off Thursday morning at Bryan Medical Plaza with a sales pitch for medical careers.  All these people older than 40, he told the 200 or so students at the High School Career Discovery Day, someday will need someone to take care of their tired old bones.  Click HERE to read more.

10 stupid things employees do to hurt their careers.  No matter what career you choose, along the way there are many pitfalls. In keeping with pop culture of the day, I formulated the following list.  Click HERE to read more.

Think video game jobs are all fun? Think again.  LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters Life!) - Think a job in the video game business will involve shooting monsters and taking on virtual missions all day, every day? Think again.  David Hodgson, an author of "Paid to Play: An Insider's Guide to Video Games Careers," says the hours are long, deadlines strict, the work can be monotonous and, in the case of programmers, the pay starts at around $50,000 a year -- below that of other high-tech industries.  Click HERE to read more.

CAREERS: Salaries to rise for office staff.  Base compensation for administrative professionals across the country is expected to rise an average of 3.5 percent in 2007, according to the OfficeTeam 2007 Salary Guide.  This reflects continued demand for highly skilled office support and administrative employees, said OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half International, based in Menlo Park, Calif.  Click HERE to read more.

November 19 - 25

Nation sorely lacking primary care physicians.  Data show that states with greater numbers of primary care physicians per capita incur lower Medicaid costs relative to their populations. Despite this, our health care system gives medical students little reason to choose a primary care specialty, and the rate of students selecting careers in primary care has been declining.  Click HERE to read more.

Cool Science, Hot Careers.  Lockheed Martin needs so many engineers, it could take 5 percent of all of the engineering graduates from U.S. colleges each year and put them to work.  Yet as the need for engineers grows, fewer American students are pursuing careers in math, science and technology. Experts say the nation must turn that trend around.  Click HERE to read more.

Women in Scientific Careers: Unleashing the Potential.  Women have made important contributions to research and innovation in OECD countries, but their potential remains largely untapped.  While women account for more than half of university graduates in several OECD countries, they receive only 30% of tertiary degrees granted in science and engineering fields, and women account for only 25% to 35% of researchers in most OECD countries.  Click HERE to read more.

Careers in IT.  Information Technology is a discipline that has a major influence on how everyone lives.  It entails almost all forms of technological advancements which are often used to create, save, interchange and make use of information in its different forms. This may include business data, still images, motion pictures and multimedia presentations.  Click HERE to read more.

November 12 - 18

Cutting new paths to careers in surgery.  When Julie Freischlag was in grade school, her grandfather, a coal miner, told her that she was smart enough to become anything she wanted and not to let anyone tell her otherwise. He died six months later, but Freischlag kept his advice close to heart, even as she decided to become a surgeon: a medical specialty viewed as a last bastion of male domination.  Today, Freischlag is surgeon-in-chief and the first woman to chair the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.   Click HERE to read more.

New website established for Industrial Careers Pathway initiative for distributors.  The Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) Partner Alliance has unveiled a new website to promote careers in industrial distribution and provide solutions to industry human resources challenges.  ICP is a major workforce development initiative in the United States and Canada to help distributors and manufacturers enhance how they hire, train and promote employees.  The website,, is the central element of an integrated marketing, communications and public relations campaign.  Click HERE to read more.

Technology driving auto-mechanic careersWith the rapid advance of technology inside today’s vehicles, auto-mechanics educators strive to keep up with the manufacturers. The multi-billion-dollar industry often leaves government-funded programs in the dust.  Click HERE to read more.

Experts: Look to robotics, biomedical careers.   You are needed for careers as robotics and biomedical technicians.  At Forbes Road Career and Technology Center on Monday, representatives of Carnegie Mellon and Penn State universities presented their cases for students to pursue 21st-century educations and to consider career routes other than a four-year bachelor's degree.  Click HERE to read more.

Are Parents Killing Their Kids' Careers?  As an executive recruiter for healthcare consultancy Stockamp and Associates, Kate Carson is used to talking to plenty of job applicants. What she’s not used to is talking to their parents. But that's exactly what she’s doing more of these days.  Click HERE to read more.

November 5 - 11, 2006

Careers: Accentuate your positive qualities.  Getting a job is really marketing yourself, isn’t it? Even so, many job seekers do not feel comfortable promoting themselves as the best candidate for the job. If you don't tell others what you can offer, how will they know?  Click HERE to read more.

A young start on political careersAre you too young to vote but wish to be politically active? Here are two teens who found ways to get involved:  Join an organization.  Jonathan M. Padilla, a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, first became a member of the Young Democrats Club at his school. But as his interest in politics grew, he joined groups with a bigger impact, such as the California Young Democrats.  Click HERE to read more.

Education officials want students to think of careers earlier.  It's never too early for children to learn about the world of work, as far as the state Education Department is concerned.  The department has begun promoting new academic standards outlining the skills and knowledge Pennsylvania's public school students should gain when it comes to choosing a vocation, getting and keeping a job or even starting their own businesses.  Click HERE to read more.

Youngsters look at careers.  Yesterday, the alarm clock went off early for me. I had somewhere to be early. No, I didn’t have to cover a meeting or baby-sit a jury. I had to meet with some girl scouts and talk to them about my career.  The small gym held a number of tables covered with the artifacts of lots of interesting careers.  Click HERE to read more.

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October 29 - November 4, 2006

Education officials want Pa. students to think of careers earlierIt's never too early for kids to learn about the world of work, as far as the state Education Department is concerned.  The department has begun promoting new academic standards outlining the skills and knowledge Pennsylvania's public school students should gain when it comes to choosing a vocation, getting and keeping a job, or even starting their own businesses.  Click HERE to read more.

Mentors help kids find careersTony Kuker works as an engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, but for the past five years he's spent some afternoons playing with Lego kits at Wright Elementary School in the town.  Kuker, 25, is among three mentors helping fourth- and fifth-graders construct Lego robots and program the devices to accomplish certain tasks.  Click HERE to read more.

Few women in science, engineeringI recently chaired a committee of the National Academies -- the research complex that includes the National Academy of Sciences -- that was charged with gathering and analyzing the best available information on the status of women in academic science and engineering. We found that institutional barriers and biases are depriving the nation of an important source of talent just when we need it most.  Click HERE to read more.

Parent/Daughter career night highlights 'alternative careers'Several dozen teenage girls and their parents took advantage of an opportunity sponsored by Shelton Intermediate School's PTA on Thursday, Oct. 26, and participated in the school's 12th annual Parent/Daughter Career Night.  This year's Parent/Daughter Career Night highlighted "alternative careers." The informational panel was comprised of women who hold positions in what are considered male-dominated fields.  Click HERE to read more.

Girls Take A Look At Nontraditional Careers.  Career women shared their lives and job experiences with area high school girls Tuesday. The fourth annual Nontraditional Employment for Women Opportunities Workshop involved 175 high school sophomore girls from Fairfield, Tippecanoe Valley, Triton, Warsaw, Wawasee, West Noble and Whitko. Held at the Carpenter and Millwright Training Center, the event included keynote speaker Rita Price Simpson, round-table discussions and hands-on “try-it” demonstrations.  Click HERE to read more.

October 22 - 28, 2006

Students get firsthand look at health careersJon Lewis-Rice is a certified orthotist and prosthetist. Connie Pittman is a nuclear medicine technologist, and Polly Decker is director of health information technology.  These health care professionals and a dozen more explained their careers recently to about 130 Brunswick County high school students at the second annual Healthcare Symposium at Brunswick Community College, Supply, N.C.  Click HERE to read more.

Choice Program steers students toward future careersMore than 70 College Misericordia students recently received firsthand information about future careers from professionals who are currently employed in those fields during the annual Choice Program workshop at the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.   Click HERE to read more.

Sadie Vernon students look at careers.  Today, the students of Sadie Vernon Technical High School took time out from their regular classes to participate in their first career day. The activity featured two activities: a career fair and job shadowing.  Whether these students were looking to pursue a career in fire fighting, the Belize Defence Force, the arts, interior decorating, cosmetology or cooking, the young men and women enjoyed the educational tour that included some hands on experience.  Click HERE to read more.

Goodwill rebuilds computers, careers.  Crystal Kenney didn't know how to take the back off her home computer, let alone tell the difference between a motherboard and a hard drive. After less than a month of training, however, she can take apart a computer and identify most of its parts in less than 30 minutes.  Click HERE to read more.

Program Guides Children Through Future Careers.  If your child needs direction, there's a new program in Cary that may help.  It's called the Junior Elite Program.  Through the program, the youngest members of your family can explore how they learn best, what they want to be when they grow up, or they can simply gain some insight into their personalities.  Click HERE to read more.

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