In-Demand Jobs Week
An Op-ed by State Representative Bill Reineke
May 07, 2019
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The first full week of May is dedicated to in-demand jobs.

In-demand jobs are the jobs of today and the future. When studying and identifying the needs of the workforce, the most needed skills deal with computers, coding, gaming, robotics, and critical thinking.

The rapid development of technology is creating both excitement and confusion as to what direction career paths should take. The manufacturing jobs of the past are no longer mundane and routine, but require active involvement and quick decision making.

The needs of our workforce are creating record employment levels with no signs of slowing down. As our economy adopts innovative technologies, the need for skilled workers who can navigate these new terrains increases.

Education is achievable for these skills, in many different ways. Those who work with the more collaborative education models will likely be more successful, as the collaborative models focus on the individual and their own capacity to match the needed skill set and changing technology. The new technology economy and its in-demand jobs allow students to think outside of the traditional education buckets and pursue a path they’re passionate about with more flexibility.

The typical career path model has changed. There are now many different ways to earn an education and form a career that continues to develop the skills necessary to advance and earn at a higher level.  Consider internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, cooperatives and paid training programs.

Technology changes are compelling, intimidating and can often disguise opportunities. Don’t let it. Instead, jump on the chance to gain new skills, fill these in-demand jobs and create a fulfilling career.

Bill Reineke, State Representative, 88th District.

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