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developing in demand skills for a changing job market a workshop for alumni

Rutgers University Alumni Association

and Rutgers Career Services

in conjunction with

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development present…

Developing In-Demand Skills for a Changing Job Market: A Workshop for Alumni

November 11, 2009

rutgers career services http careerservices rutgers edu alumniinfo shtml

Benefits and Services for Rutgers graduates:

Rutgers Career Services http://careerservices.rutgers.edu/alumniinfo.shtml

Rutgers University Alumni Association

Ralumni.com

the emerging skill requirements of a changing economy

The Emerging Skill Requirements of a Changing Economy

Jennifer M. Cleary, M.P.A.P.,

Senior Project Manager

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy

overview
Overview

Introduction

Where Are the Jobs?

Which Skills are in High Demand and What Can You Do to Be More Competitive?

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slide5

Overview: Heldrich Center Research

Reports on Industry skill needs of key NJ industries:

  • Pharmaceuticals/Biotech
  • Health Care
  • Financial Services
  • Construction
  • Energy/Utilities
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation
  • Port-related Industries
  • Retail Industry
  • Disaster Response
  • Hospitality / Tourism
  • Manufacturing
  • Green Jobs
  • Remote Work
  • Research based on:
  • Over 250 interviews with New Jersey Employers
  • Over 20 Focus Groups with Industry and Education Stakeholders
recession resilient industries
Recession-Resilient Industries
  • Industries benefitting from stimulus
  • Research
  • Health IT
  • Public Policy/Gov’t Contractors
  • Construction and
  • “Green Jobs”

Industries surviving on their own:

  • Healthcare
    • Aging baby boomers fueling demand
    • For jobs, think beyond nursing
  • Education
what are green jobs
What are “Green Jobs”?

No standard definition

Protecting ecosystems and wildlife

Minimizing waste and pollution

Reducing energy usage and lowering carbon emissions

Green Jobs cross many industries and occupational titles

Old and new occupations

All education levels

Difficult to count

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two sectors of green jobs in energy
Two Sectors of Green Jobs in Energy

Energy Efficiency/ Conservation

Residential Weatherization

Commercial and Industrial Retrofits

Renewable/Sustainable Energy

Renewable: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Biofuel, Geothermal

Sustainable: Hydrogen, Nuclear, Co-Generation

Source: Northwest Community Energy

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common green job categories
Common “Green” Job Categories

Construction, Installation, Repair, and Maintenance

Skilled trades workers and laborers

Building auditors and raters

Facilities management

Architecture, Engineering, and Project Management

High-skill design, engineering, project mgt.

Manufacturing

Production of RE/EE products and parts

Research and Development

Basic research, testing and development of new RE/EE products and technologies.

Business

Administration

Financial/Sales/Marketing

Information Technology

Carbon/SREC trading

green energy job creation in nj
Green Energy Job Creation in NJ
  • Hiring and short-term training needs are still emerging – Stay Tuned!
  • What we expect in NJ:

Residential EE

Commercial EE, Solar projects, R&D

Large Wind Projects

First Wave

Second Wave

Third Wave

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Which Skills are in High Demand and What Can You Do to Be More Competitive in Today’s Volatile Job Market?
research with employers
Research with Employers

Study Focus:

  • Emerging trends impacting employer skill needs in New Jersey’s Innovation Economy;
  • Key skillsworkers at all levels employment need to adapt to these trends, and
  • Industries included:
  • Life sciences - Information Technology
  • Telecommunications - Energy
  • Advanced Manufacturing - Advanced Materials
  • Environmental Technology - Professional Engineering & Research
  • Retail - Healthcare services
  • - Utilities/Infrastructure
  • - Domestic Preparedness / Public Health Emergency Readiness
workforce challenges posed by a rapidly changing global economy
Workforce Challenges Posed by a Rapidly Changing, Global Economy
  • Innovation = Creative Destruction
  • Job titles and job duties are more amorphous
  • Skill requirements change quickly
six evolving workplace trends
Six Evolving Workplace Trends

TREND #1.

Competitive advantage of firms that harness knowledge and innovation

TREND #3.

Continued and expanded reliance

on technology in the workplace

TREND #5.

Employer focus

on privacy, security,

& ethics

TREND #4.

Increasing diversity

in the workplace

TREND #6.

Regulation shifts change business processes

TREND #2.

Decentralization of business

operations and management

broad workplace trend
Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

Job responsibilities at all levels are changing to improve the flow of knowledge throughout organizations

TREND #1.

Competitive advantage of firms that harness knowledge and innovation

Major firms are creating new types of knowledge jobs including: chief knowledge officers

and innovation managers

broad workplace trend20
Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

Transfer of more responsibility to front line workers /

High-performance work systems

TREND #2.

Decentralization of business

operations and management

Development of global

project networks

More non-traditional

worker-employer relationships

broad workplace trend21
Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

Shifts in job responsibilities and skills needed to perform jobs

TREND #3.

Continued and expanded reliance

on technology in the workplace

Net increase in the level of skills needed to be successful in most jobs

broad workplace trend22
Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

TREND #4.

Increasing diversity

in the workplace

Higher level of complexity

Involved in

interpersonal interactions

broad workplace trend23
Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

Job responsibilities at all

levels are changing to improve prevention of and

response to a variety of threats

TREND #5.

Employers increasingly focused

on privacy, security,

and ethics concerns

Major firms are creating

new positions to address security and ethics concerns including:

ethics officers and security managers

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Broad Workplace Trend

Implications for Workers

TREND #6.

Business processes

change in response

to shifts in regulations & mergers/ acquisitions

Long and short-term increases in the knowledge and skill requirements

for jobs at all levels

high priority skills in today s economy
High Priority Skills in Today’s Economy
  • Adaptability Skills
  • Information Management and Communication/ Relationship-building Skills
  • Business Skills 
  • Math/Science/Engineering/Technology Skills
  • Interdisciplinary skills
adaptability skills
Adaptability Skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Monitoring, problem identification
  • Flexible role orientation
  • Management of organizational change
  • Lifelong learning
  • Time management
  • Career management
information management and communication relationship building skills
Information Management and Communication/ Relationship-building Skills
  • Gather, prioritize and analyze data and information
  • Convey knowledge gained through analysis
  • Cultural understanding, awareness
  • Public speaking / presentation
  • Writing
  • Teamwork
  • Negotiation
business skills
Business Skills 
  • Project management
  • Product management / marketing
  • Sales / customer service
  • Basic business finance
  • Management skills, especially in a virtual environment
math science engineering technology skills
Math/Science/Engineering/Technology Skills
  • Advanced knowledge in a single math/science/engineering discipline
  • Basic knowledge in a technical discipline
  • Understand and apply new technologies, including distance learning tools
interdisciplinary skills
Interdisciplinary skills
  • Knowledge of multiple science, engineering disciplines
  • Combined business and science/engineering skills
what you can do
What You Can Do
  • Highlight Priority Skills You Already Have
  • Build Skills/Obtain Certification Through Formal Education
  • Use Informal Means to Develop Weaker Skills
  • Do your Homework on Employers – No “One-Size-Fits-All” Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Be Flexible – Most people end up far from their major in the real world.
additional resources
Additional Resources

Heldrich Center Website:www.heldrich.rutgers.edu

New Jersey Department of Labor Market Tools

  • General:

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/LMI_index.html

  • Real Time Jobs in Demand

http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/content/RealTimeJobsinDemand.html

  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators

http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/datatools/qwiapp.html

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