Go Green: Environmentally-Friendly Jobs are on the Move

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Do you enjoy being in nature or being a good steward of the environment?  Have you thought about efficient ways to get people and things around? To sustain and conserve the earth’s resources, today more focus is given to Green Jobs than ever before. April 22nd is Earth Day. CareerLocker celebrates Earth Day by exploring occupations that protect our environment. Many employers are pursuing ways to maximize utility in an efficient and safe way for not only people, but also for the world.

In addition, there are domestic and international movements toward public transportation and green and sustainable methods of transportation. The way we heat and cool our homes and businesses is changing through the expansion of using solar energy. Discover four occupations that involve conservation.

  • Bus Drivers— How do you get to where you want to go? Public transportation is among the most efficient ways of moving people. Bus drivers contribute to the ways the masses move. There are three types of bus drivers: local, intercity or charter, and school. They follow predetermined routes and time schedules to transport people within a city, from one city to another, or across the country. They inspect their buses before beginning each trip. They check brake lights and signals; tire pressure; and fuel, oil, and water levels, also adjusting bus temperatures for the comfort of their passengers. Travel your way through this exciting occupation by getting on the information highway and learning more about this fun occupation.
  •  Logisticians– Logisticians coordinate the manufacturing and delivering of products and services to ensure compliance with their customers’ purchase contracts. Considering manufacturing materials and processes, personnel, and the delivery of the products, logisticians must demonstrate the ability to pay high attention to detail. Typically logisticians have four-year degrees. Right out of college, they can earn around $45,000 per year, and with increasing experience earnings can reach as high as $114,000 per year. Logisticians have a projected 28% growth rate over the next ten years, making it a “hot” job.
  • Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters—Did you watch Thomas the Train as a child? Do you like to travel and aspire to see the country? Railroad conductors and yardmasters are in charge of train and yard crews. They assure that passengers and freight get to their destinations safely and on schedule. They frequently interact with passengers, engineers, and staff. Enjoying high salaries and good benefits, they take pride in delivering people and products safely and on schedule. Be like Thomas, make friends, and pursue a career in the railroad industry.
  • Solar Panel Installers— Do you like the outdoors? How do you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer? What green energy workers are helping the energy grid that powers the computer you are working on to read this? Solar panel installers place solar panels in sunny places to utilize the sun’s power as an energy source. They install solar modules on the ground, on poles, on roofs, and on the sides of buildings. The solar modules are made from solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. Once a solar module is installed, it can create energy for 25 years.

Whether you choose to help move things, move people, or heat and cool our homes, each of these occupations, bus drivers, logisticians, railroad conductors and yardmasters, and solar panel installers are needed to conserve the environment. While meeting the needs of people, green jobs focus on long-term sustainability. Green energy is the heat wave of the future! Each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention-to-detail and safety, and application of technical skills. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker homepage.

“Hot” jobs are jobs projected to increase nationally in job openings by at least 20% over the next 10 years.

 


 

Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.

Asma Easa
Asma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

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CEW Invites you to Participate in our Summer Institute

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Join us this summer for professional development workshops. Here’s your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training.

Workshops include:

Institute #1: Making the Connection Between Academic and Career Planning (ACP) and Career Development

Institute #2: Creating a Virtual Career Center:  Standards, Strategies, and Resources

 

Click on the following links for detailed descriptions and a registration form.

http://cew.wisc.edu/institutes/default.aspx

http://cew.wisc.edu/docs/summer_institute/SI16-registration.pdf

I hope to see you on campus this summer,

Amy

Stay a CareerLocker Subscriber for Two more Years and get the Second Year Half Off

Your school is a current CareerLocker subscriber, and as a token of my appreciation, I would like to extend you this offer: if you subscribe with us for two more years, you will get your second year half-off!

For example, if you re-subscribe with us until the year 2018, and your annual price is $700, your first year will be $700 and your second year will be $350. I will send you an invoice for both years upfront.

No mess!

Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to make your CareerLocker experience great, and let me know if you would like to take me up on this great deal.

Amy

Focus on Occupations

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Occupation ASAP:  Join the Workforce Quickly with
High-Skill and High-Demand Occupations

Are you the type of person who prefers practical or “hands-on” learning?  Do you like to use your hands to create things or see results quickly? Is helping others high on your priority list?  In March, CareerLocker features occupations, which require a technical education, apprenticeship or short-term training. Many of these occupations are high-skill and high-demand requiring a variety of technical skills. This month we highlight three fast-growing and exciting occupations including heavy truck drivers, nursing aids/assistants, and welders.

In many states and more specifically Wisconsin, you can get a jump start on your career by developing your technical skills through studying a trade during high school, or shortly thereafter. (CareerLocker users can go to the Education tab to learn about School-to-Career Programs.)  Furthermore, many people decide to change occupations later in life and can quickly acquire a new set of skills through technical education. For instance, career changers can develop skills in new occupations while get paid for doing so. (CareerLocker users read about Adult Apprenticeships.) Through this program, participants acquire little-to-no debt, and become an expert in a skilled occupation or trade.

  • Heavy Truck Drivers. The information highway isn’t the only detour you want to take in life–get on the transportation highway. Globalization, the internet, and improved technology have increased trade both domestically and internationally. Heavy truck drivers transport and deliver goods on short and long distance routes. These big rigs weigh three or more tons. Carrying this heavy of a load, truck drivers inspect their rigs for safety. To insure safety, they may also assist with or inspect the loading of their goods, so they are loaded in a way so as not to shift on the trip. They also conduct efficiency analyses by logging data on mileage, fuel consumption, and performance of the truck. With the rise in trade of goods and products, the demand for skilled truck drivers is on the move. Join this movement and travel cross-country. Heavy truck driving is a “hot” job. 
  • Nursing Aids/Assistants. Another “hot” job in which you can quickly get to your occupation destination through a certificate program or technical education, is nursing. Working side-by-side with nurses, nursing aids/assistants collaborate on the healthcare of their patients. With the aging of the baby boomers, health care is quickly becoming a high-demand industry. Nursing aids spend much of their time working one-on-one with patients. They take and record body temperatures, pulses, and breathing rates. They report any changes in patients’ appearance, behavior, or physical ability to their nursing supervisor. They bathe, dress, and feed patients. Serving every age-group, they work in a variety of settings from hospitals to assisted living centers, clinics, and nursing homes. Browse health care occupations on the CareerLocker Occupations tab to learn more about the scope and variety of such occupations.
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers. While heavy truck drivers keep our world moving, and nursing aids keep our world healthy, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers keep our world together. Welders fasten metal pieces by joining them together. Cutters, Solderers and Brazers are all types of welders using different temperatures and materials depending upon the task. Welders must also know the ways that steel, bronze, aluminum, and other metals react to heat, cold, and pressure. An occupation with seemingly limitless opportunities, welders may create sculptures or art installations, build and fix things such as computers, locomotives, ship and boat buildings, or even work in robotics. Keep things from falling apart and meld into this flexible occupation.

Whether you choose to move things, help people, or melt things together, each of these occupations, heavy truck driver, nursing assistant, and welder are needed to address challenges in the world. Further, each of these occupations requires a high level of competence, attention to safety, and application of technical skills. To view these highlighted occupations and watch videos, go to the CareerLocker homepage.

“Hot” jobs are jobs projected to increase nationally in job openings by at least 27% over the next 10 years.


 

Co-written by Asma Easa and Julie M. Hau.

Asma Easa
Asma Easa works at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country. She is pursuing dual masters in International Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning. Her focus areas include education policy and development.

 

Welcome to the First CareerLocker Tidbits Post!

As your training representative, I would like take this time to introduce you to my new CareerLocker Tidbits posts, where I will send out weekly (sometimes more) tidbits and useful hints on how to use CareerLocker!

As none of us have much time these days, I will make these posts as short as possible…starting off with this week’s tidbit:

Every building location is assigned one account, and each account gets their own specific registration codes. These registration codes link the professionals and students/or clients back to their organizations.

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Every account will also have one main person assigned as the CareerLocker administrator, and this person will be the one who can look up and edit student/client information. The CareerLocker administrator will also be able to look up and edit professional user information; along with granting administrative rights to specific professionals in an organization. This means, that if Ms. Jane Doe is listed as the administrator of your account, you can ask Jane Doe to grant you administrative rights for the 6-week career’s course you are teaching. That way, when your students and clients forget their user names and passwords, you can look them up yourself, instead of having to track down Ms. Jane Doe.

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 That wraps up my tidbits for this week!

Stay tuned for more CareerLocker tidbits…

Amy

eCareers.sg Continues to Prosper in Singapore

eCareers.sg continues to flourish in Singapore! While the relationship between CEW and Singapore’s Ministry of Education continues to blossom, CEW would like to announce that we have just entered our sixth year of contract with Singapore’s Ministry of Education providing a country-wide award winning career information system for all K-12 level students in Singapore. Renewal of the contract includes updates to the website and adding of new features.

As a continuous positive aid in career development, eCareers.sg has provided amazing results. All K-12 students in Singapore are able to explore the various career possibilities and educational pathways available to them with the click of a mouse. This is being made possible through the interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance portal (ecareers.sg) for Primary Schools, which was officially launched back in February 2010.

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The ecareers.sg portal is comprehensive and developmental in nature and has been received with great reviews by students and educators. lt serves students from primary to Junior College/Centralized Institute in Singapore, compared to K-12 levels in the U.S. Developed jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Centre of Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, eCareers has been used extensively as a rich resource for students, parents, teachers and school counselors. Emphasis is placed on career exploration and planning and career profiling tools are also available to help students gauge their interests and aptitudes. The purpose is to provide a systematic way for these students to make an informed choice of relevant courses to realize their dreams.

eCareers is the Ministry of Education’s first interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for students, and it has been a welcomed and fantastic aid for teachers and counselors who currently guide their students.

7 Reasons Why CareerLocker is Still Your Best Choice

You once made a decision that CareerLocker was the best system for your students’ career planning and preparation. That truth has not changed! You still have a choice.

You do NOT have to use Career Cruising for ACP! Per the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) ACP website*, “The state selected ACP software system is an optional choice for districts.  Districts are welcome to contract and pay for any system they desire as long as the elements of quality ACP are included.”

Here are some of the reasons you should stick with CareerLocker through the 2016-2017 school year… and beyond…

1 You’ll have uninterrupted, continual service.

By staying with CareerLocker, you will have ongoing access to the best career information system around – with no gap in service.

The state mandate for ACP services does not begin until the 2017-18 school year!

As of now, there is NO SIGNED CONTRACT with a new vendor and according to DPI:

This next phase of procurement has begun and may take many months before a final contract to provide ACP services is completed.”

2 Only CareerLocker has a quality matching classroom curriculum. The CareerLocker classroom curriculum allows you to use the site to help guide your students through important self and career exploration activities. This curriculum, developed by the West Allis West Milwaukee school district, makes using the site easy for busy classroom teachers. This curriculum meets WSCA and ACP standards.
3 Our system is the only one that provides you with validated assessments. Only CareerLocker offers validated assessments. This is one of the many advantages of staying with a system that was developed through the state’s flagship university.

Students can explore their interests, values, work skills and match them to occupations only on the CareerLocker system.

4 CareerLocker is the only place you get very specific Wisconsin school and job information. Only CareerLocker provides detailed information on Wisconsin postsecondary institutions, as well as detailed occupational salaries and job outlook in Wisconsin. This information is updated regularly and is provided especially for Wisconsin to aid Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning.
5 You still get unsurpassed personalized service.

You won’t be on a waiting list for service or training with CareerLocker. We are always here for you and can provide training to fit your needs and according to your schedule.

You’ve always been a valued customer of CareerLocker. We are still the only career information system that was developed right in your state at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We will be here when you need us for personalized training at your convenience.

6 You still have access to the popular Learning Styles assessment and the Personal Globe Inventory. The Learning Styles assessment on CareerLocker is the most frequently used assessment on the site. Teachers tell us that it helps their students understand how they best learn—and that leads to more successful academic outcomes. The Personal Globe Inventory is widely used to help students narrow down their career interests and match them to possible occupations.
7 You will get free access to GetNvolved® through a new partnership with CareerLocker.

 

Through GetNvolved, an online service that helps students find work and volunteer activities, you can increase the academic impact of work-based learning and community service experiences of students.

* http://dpi.wi.gov/acp/faqs

Still not sure why you should stay with CareerLocker?

 Did you know that CareerLocker (housed at UW-Madison in Wisconsin) is in 594 schools and 226 districts, while Career Cruising (a Canadian company) is in 409 Wisconsin schools and 100 districts? Why? Because CareerLocker is a better system, delivering more of the features like assessments and local Wisconsin information that can help you to best assist Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning. Remember, you get what you pay for!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. I am happy to work with you in any way I can to help you fulfill the state ACP requirements. I have confidence that CareerLocker is still the best choice you can make in a software system for academic and career exploration and planning.

Thank you in advance for considering CareerLocker as the career information system of your choice.

Amy Rivera

Training Representative

CareerLocker

UW-Madison Center on Education & Work

amy.rivera@wisc.edu

800-862-1071