That stuff you've heard about there not being much in the way of opportunity around here? Not true. Definitely not true.
There are many great jobs right here in your own backyard – paying really good money. You just have to know how to find them. It's also true that many of these good jobs require that you have the right kind of education and training. But we can help you with this. We've pulled together some resources that will tell you a lot about what you need to get ahead – and get going on a successful career right here in our region.
Sometimes it's hard to know where to begin to get your career on track. It helps to talk to people who understand this challenge and can help point you in the right direction. High school guidance counselors are often a great resource. We also recommend your local Workforce Investment Board office, or chamber of commerce.
Getting the right kind of education is critical to landing a good job. Usually, this means getting a degree beyond the high school level. You need to consider your options in two-year and four-year colleges, as well as technical degree programs. Remember, financial aid packages are available to help you.
Employers often want you to have some experience before you get the job. How do you get that experience? Sometimes it helps to become part of a work-study program, or do a summer internship. There are those who find volunteering to be a good way of getting a foot in the door.