Find A Job Friday.
We live in a world filled with mixed messages.
The FED says “…economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. Labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, on balance, but the unemployment rate remains elevated. “
Parents and guidance counselors tell us that college is THE WAY to well paid career, and yet recent college graduates have almost double the unemployment rate of the general population.
And student loans to repay.
Nobody wants to work in a skilled trade any more
1000 High School students surveyed revealed their impressions of jobs in the skilled trades
- 54 percent of young people believe there is a better future working in computers than working in skilled trades.
- 37 percent of young people believe working in an office is more respected than working with your hands.
- 25 percent of young people believe skilled trades jobs are old-fashioned.
Here are 4 reasons to find a job and a career in Precision Machining
- Executives at most PMPA member shops tell me their number 1 concern is finding skilled people to hire.
- If they found a candidate with the right skills, they would hire today, even if they didn’t have a current opening.
- Most Students at local community colleges’ machining programs have found jobs by the end of their first term, and by the time they graduate, all will have found a permanent placement according to students and instructors I have spoken with. This short video post shows the extent of jobs available and posted at Cleveland’s Tri- C Machining Class.
- Ninety-two percent of the respondents to PMPA’s monthly business trends survey for May 2013 are expecting prospects for employment to remain the same or improve.
We understand that there are a lot of confusing messages out there.
We know that the news makes it easy to remain in the ranks of the hopelessly unemployed. After all , there are almost 3.1 unemployed workers for every job opening currently.
But we also know this, despite the graphs, and charts and opinions in the press, our industry is still looking for people with skills.
If you would like to get a job, start a career, and discover the joy of making safety critical parts that improve the safety and quality of life for everyone, you ought to consider a position in Precision Machining.
This link will help you find training programs in your area that will give you what you need to start your career in advanced manufacturing.
Oh- and if you don’t believe me, how about the Chicago Sun-Times or Forbes
I am sure the graphs and tables look quite different in the nations we continue to outsource to. Offshore capital drain and pricing pressure from unregulated and or government subsidized foriegn competition will continue to push margins and careers down unless the bleeding is finally stopped.
I’ll be using this data in upcoming discussions. Thanks! I wish we could access the uemployed win regions where they are needed. I have talent needs that I can not fill, but I’m certain that somewhere else in the country my ideal candidate may sit without a job.
Paula, we try to post regularly about the real opportunities to have a career in Precision Machining. If you have not joined many groups on LinkedIn, I think that you may get some greater visibility for your search.