“Minnesota is outpacing the nation in job growth, with all 11 major industrial sectors seeing gains over the past year” said Shawntera Hardy, the Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
You may be interested in knowing the facts about the unemployment rates and the labor market trends which may boost your confidence in pursuing your education and stepping into your very first job or continuing your career goals as a seasoned professional. As per the data provided by the DEED of Minnesota, the unemployment rates in Minnesota have dropped from 3.9% in June 2016 to 3.7% in June 2017!
The table above depicts industry trends of the number of newly added jobs in each sector in Minnesota. The summary is as follows.
As you can see, from year 2016 to year 2017, the education and health services sector has added approximately 19,000 new jobs, followed by the trade and transportation sector which has seen steady growth in new jobs created with minor fluctuations. The Government sector added between 2500-4000 jobs and the other sectors such as the professional and business, manufacturing, leisure, financial, and information technology are steadily on the growth phase with increasing jobs added to these sectors every month since last year.
So! It is great to note that the growth trends in the labor market are positive! It is important as students to not only excel in your education field but to also keep track of industry changes and trends that will help you better decide your job prospects and career paths in the future. Be passionate about your major and always keep your options open to new fields that you can explore.
Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development (2017)
Article written by Angela Ponrajah, Graduate Intern at the Career Development Center
Some tips to keep in mind as you anticipate an internship experience:
- Establish goals for the experience: personal, skills, and career knowledge
- Learn the company culture and dress and behave accordingly.
- Be on time. Being late is inconsiderate. If it is unavoidable, contact your supervisor.
- Carry a notepad and pen with you at all times. Write down instructions and questions.
- Before asking questions, think through a possible solution, then when presenting your questions, explain your thinking process and where you got stuck.
- Communicate – let your supervisor know where you are in your tasks, when they are complete.
- Always proofread anything you are to submit.
- Ask ‘Why?’ and be observant of both people and methods. An employee is valuable not only for the work he/she can perform, but also for knowing why things are done in certain ways.
- Reach out – ask people to have lunch with you; seek ways to learn what people around you do.
- Do not make/receive personal phone calls, texts or conduct personal internet searches on company time – no matter how bored you are. This is a fast way to ruin the respect people have for you.
- Ask for More – When you are ready for more challenging tasks, or if you don’t have enough work to keep you busy, tell your supervisor.
- Track accomplishments – keep a log of projects you’ve worked on and skills you’ve developed; ask if you can distribute later, examples of your work (LinkedIn, job interview portfolio).
- Reflect – how does the environment feel to you? Do you enjoy the people, work, culture? If not, think about what you want to do in your next internship!
- Ending – have an exit interview with your supervisor, leave a Thank you note, ask about future opportunities there, ask for job references, and stay in touch!
On April 6, the Career Development Center hosted a panel of alumni, employers and professionals. They were asked to come to campus to talk to students about their career paths. Representing many different career fields and industries, they revealed a variety of career options for students with science degrees. I took notes as I asked them to share their best advice for college students and realized that what they had to say did not just apply to science-related majors, but ALL students. So, I am sharing their bits of wisdom!
- Utilize personal/family connections, and faculty office hours – ask for their advice/information
- Investigate multiple professions/careers
- Informational interviews – conduct as many as possible
- Read job descriptions – what is interesting? Bring that information in to informational interviews
- Keep track of everything you are doing in classes – projects, lab techniques, research, computer programs used
- Get involved in extracurricular activities
- Internships – gain experience
- Pay attention to the transferable skills you are developing
- Join campus-based student clubs that relate to your interests
- Attend Professional Association events and conferences
- There is no wrong initial decision – you have time to do different things along your long career path
The Career Development Center has links to a number of resources to help students explore different careers. See the Career Resources section of the Homepage, www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment