Apprenticeships: Shaking Up the Typical Job/Career Process

Most job hunters are all too familiar with the “typical” process for entering a new career or finding a job:  you walk into a job interview and they want to know about your education, experience, skills, and any required credentials (license, certification, etc.) which you already possess.  You have spent a great deal of time – and money – to get to this point, and now you want a real job, with a real paycheck.  After all, you may have racked up a good chunk of student debt, and now you need that job to both start repaying it and to move on with your life and career.

However, the difficulty with the typical process is that it places the entire burden for job and/or career preparation, along with all associated expenses, squarely on the job applicant.  Go get ready, show ‘em what you’ve got, and if they like what they see, maybe you will be given a job.  Although there are variations, the typical process and its individual steps are similar to the one illustrated below. Continue reading

Development Programs – Clarity, Communication, and Commitment are Key

Development programs of all types seem to abound these days and are promoted under a wide variety of names; these include monikers such as: 

 

  • Employee Training and Development Program
  • Employee Development Program
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Career Development Program
  • Individual Development Program
  • Staff Development Program

 In your mind, or even by formal definition, each individual program name may have its own specific meaning or implied objective, and therefore these titles should not necessarily be used generically or interchangeably.  However, professionals who develop and implement such initiatives need to keep in mind that the intended participants of these programs are likely not aware of the technical differences in the names. Continue reading