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Interesting news about the labor market in Minnesota

“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



Career Scoop Update, General Information

How is the Internship Going? #USTCareerScoop

Tommie Interns, now that you have a few weeks under your belt, begin the process of recording what you are up to at your internship. Spend some time each week keeping track of projects you are working on and new skills you are developing. Over time we have a tendency to forget our accomplishments at our jobs and internships, but keeping a weekly log can help you create some powerful and accurate bullet statements on your resume, as well as great stories to share in your interviews.

We have one more seminar in the works for this month. Join us for Effective Interviewing on Wednesday, June 21st at 8 am in 124 MHC.

The Career Scoop will be taking a break for the rest of the summer, but will be in your inbox again beginning this fall. As always, we are here and would love to see your faces this summer! Call us at 651-952-6761 to make an appointment or to hear our Pop-In hours. Be sure to check out our website at any time for some great career resources.


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How to Begin Networking #USTCareerScoop

Networking is a key activity for any successful internship or job search

As you think ahead to fall, or even summer 2018, it is not too early to begin discussing options with your networking contacts. What network you say?  If that is your reaction, then now is the time to identify and connect with your people! Brainstorm everyone you know…yes, EVERYONE. Although your contacts may not be in your intended career field, they likely know people you could talk to or connect with in your search process.

Start with your core contacts (those you are closest to and who feel safe) and venture out to others as you develop networking skills. After you have brainstormed your network, the next step is to reach out to them. Networking involves informing the person why you are contacting them and asking for some type of assistance. The conversation may look like this:

“Hi, I don’t know if you remember, but I am currently a student at St. Thomas about to enter my junior year studying Chemistry. In the coming year I want to have an internship to develop my skills in the field and build my resume prior to graduation. I am especially interested in working in a lab as I have enjoyed lab work during my semesters. I know you aren’t in the field, but thought you might know of someone who works at a lab that you think would be a good contact for me. Is there anyone you can recommend who works in any type of role at a lab related company?” 

If your contact doesn’t know anyone, ask if they know someone who might know of someone else who would have a contact. Always end by thanking them for their time and offer assistance to them at any future date. Be intentional about building your network and making connections over the summer. This may position you to discover internships or jobs that will never be advertised, or at least bring your resume to the top of the pile to be considered for an interview when you apply. Keep a list of all your contacts and update them when you secure a position.

Seminars for the month of June (all in MHC 124):

Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out: Tuesday, June 13th at 2 pm

Networking & Informational Interviewing: Friday, June 16th at 9 am

Effective Interviewing: Wednesday, June 21st at 8 am