As we look forward to the opportunities and possibilities of a new year, many will resolve to improve their career outlooks in 2019. As is the case for any New Year’s resolution, such as eating healthier or saving more money, careful reflection, research and support are critical to your success.
For job seekers in the Lincoln Trail region — which covers Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties — it’s important to know what careers are in-demand and how your interests and skills could benefit employers in these fields.
In our region, high-demand career fields include advanced manufacturing, health care, business services and information technology, construction and transportation and logistics. Employers in these sectors are expected to continue to grow and their success will depend on recruiting and retaining qualified talent.
That equates to tremendous opportunity with longevity and paths to advancement in nursing, industrial maintenance, computer programming and skilled trades, just to name a few.
You can learn more about in-demand career fields and highly sought after professions available right here in our communities at www.ltcareercenter.org/career.
It’s also important for job seekers to understand these sectors are significant economic drivers in our region and, as such, leaders in our communities and beyond are working hard to provide opportunities for individuals to prepare themselves for careers in these fields.
The Work Ready Scholarship is a great example. Those seeking to further their education and training for an in-demand career could earn a certificate, diploma or associate degree tuition-free at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. You can learn more about the program at www.workreadykentucky.com.
Also, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board offers an on-the-job training program, which funds part of an employee’s wages while they develop the skills they need to succeed in a new job. From 2014 to 2017, the development board invested $517,000 in on-the-job training, serving 163 people.
In addition, the development board’s Workforce Crisis Taskforce is focused, in part, on increasing work-based learning opportunities, from job shadowing to full-scale apprenticeships. An effort to increase the number of young people who are connected to our region’s employers and pathways to in-demand careers, work-based learning opportunities are available to both in-school youth and out-of-school youth up to age 24.
Our region’s commitment is apparent. We want job seekers and employees to have opportunities to thrive. When they do, our employers succeed and our entire region prospers.
Further, the Kentucky Career Center–Lincoln Trail’s career coaches are here to help job seekers with a full lineup of no-cost services, whether you are interested in moving into a high-demand field, re-entering the workforce or attaining the skills you need to land a better position.
For more about resources and coaching that will help you improve your career outlook in 2019, contact the Kentucky Career Center–Lincoln Trail nearest you or go to www.ltcareercenter.org.
Carter Dyson is One-Stop Director at Kentucky Career Center–Lincoln Trail, which is overseen by the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board. He can be reached at 270-766-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.