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High unemployment rates have many aspiring college students thinking hard about which direction to take in their college majors and careers. Recently, teaching and training expert Michael Brandwein appeared on WFTX-FOX in Florida and offered his perspective on hot growth areas and how to choose an educational program.
Brandwein said employers today are looking for ongoing learners with excellent communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. The days of learning one specialized skill and applying it to a single job function for the duration of your career are gone. Today’s employers are looking for people who can learn quickly and adapt multiple skill sets to a variety of job tasks.
Citing the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, Brandwein pointed out that communication technologies is the second fastest growing job area – healthcare and social assistance is the first. IT training, network systems and computer forensics are all expected to be marketable degrees in the coming decade. Business management and financial occupations are also projected to grow by up to 18 percent over the next 10 years. Brandwein says management and accounting degree programs will be solid educational investments. The healthcare industry is projected to increase as well, with 12 of the 20 fastest-growing jobs in that industry. Healthcare information technology will be a particularly hot field.
When considering a school, Brandwein suggests visiting the campus and sitting in on classes. He also recommends looking into accredited online schools to see what programs are available and asking a lot of questions about any institution you consider. According to Brandwein, in today’s career colleges, classes are smaller and the faculty members are often professionals with years of on-the-job experience. There is also more focus on career services, with college counselors to help you practice for interviews, work on your resume, and network with industry professionals when the time comes.
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