Manufacturing is your best career choice today.
The idea that there is just one narrative for success- go to college and get a good paying job- is no longer a workable one. The majority of unemployed people today have some college.
Today College assures most students’ debt, but not necessarily a high paying job.
More than 53% of the unemployed having some college, and the unemployment rate for recent college grads over 10%.
The Associated Press reported earlier this year that “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years… Out of the 1.5 million who languished in the job market, about half were underemployed, an increase from the previous year.”
Recent college grads are actually faring worse in today’s job market than the overall youth population. And compared to the older college-educated populace, they have at least twice the rate of unemployment.
Over half of recent college graduates jobless/underemployed? In debt with no higher paying job to make the loan payments? Unable to make loan repayments waiting tables?
The Skills Solution.
Manufacturers need skilled workers.
Manufacturers are looking for people who
- Can solve problems,
- Are comfortable with math,
- Are capable of working without a lot of direct supervision.
Community colleges offer programs in CNC machining, offering programs that award credentials and certificates for a short duration study program, as well as 2 year associate degrees for a formal course of study.
- Manufacturing is recovering.
- Manufacturing has the most traction coming out of the last recession.
- Baby Boomer retirements (10,000 per day turn 65 years old !) are creating an opportunity rich environment.
I would try to get employment in advanced manufacturing and then build on that with additional training at local community colleges.
Right Skills Now is one way to get started.
There are other schools and other programs in your area.
The idea of one narrative for success- go to college and get a good paying job- is no longer a workable one.
In manufacturing, you will be making things that make a difference in people’s lives, and the quality of their lives- things like anti-lock brakes, air bag safety devices, orthopedic and medical device, aerospace parts to name a few- I would urge you to consider a job in manufacturing. It is safe, well paid, and between upgrading your knowledge and skills and the inevitable retirements of people already on the job, this might just be the best possible career wave you will find.