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Four booming career sectors



Are you considering a career change? If you want to switch things up this year but don’t know what direction to take, here are some employment sectors that are currently experiencing an upswing.

Vision care
An aging population has increased the demand for eyecare specialists. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors specializing in eye care and surgery. Optometrists have a doctorate in optometry and can examine eyes, prescribe medications and dispense corrective lenses. An optician is a technician who designs and fits glasses and contact lenses according to a prescription.

Human resources and recruitment
As a result of the Great Resignation, businesses in almost every sector are scrambling to fill vacant positions. A human resource professional will seek ways to meet employee needs while achieving business goals and potentially advocating for beneficial workplace changes.

Health care
Current healthcare workers are retiring in great numbers. If you have a compassionate nature and want to help people, plenty of positions are available in this sector. Home care workers, registered nurses, and paramedics are all in demand.

Software development and engineering
There’s a growing need for specialized workers in the field of information technology. Software developers write code from scratch to build programs for computers, tablets, and phone systems. Since they usually create entire programs from start to finish, this job involves independent work. Software engineers, however, create the tools to develop software, often working in teams to solve large-scale issues.

Talk to a career adviser in your area for guidance on your best next move.

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Do you need training to work in a pharmacy?



Are you interested in pharmacy work and wondering if you need a diploma? The answer is: yes and no. It depends on the position you want.

For some pharmacy roles, such as a cashier or delivery person, you don’t need a specific degree or diploma to carry out your responsibilities. However, specialized training or equivalent experience is a great advantage in some cases. A cosmetician, for example, should have training targeted toward specific products.

To become a pharmacy technician, you must have training and accreditation to perform your tasks correctly. You’ll have opportunities to practice what you learn by completing internships during your studies.

The pharmacist profession requires a university degree and continuing education. These requirements are essential to ensure patient safety.

If you’re applying for a pharmacy job, learn about all the requirements in your jurisdiction before submitting your resume.

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4 power skills you can learn



Employers traditionally consider soft skills, like adaptability and resilience, desirable but lower priority than role-specific hard skills. However, as demands for specialized expertise shift ever-increasingly, those consistent, nice-to-have traits are becoming so valuable that HR professionals are now calling them power skills. Here are four learnable power skills you can upgrade through training or coaching.

1. Mindfulness. If you already have a personal mindfulness practice, you know how beneficial it is to your mind and body. Mindfulness training can also help you navigate challenging workplace situations and improve your job performance.

2. Diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many organizations seek to build social and economic value by representing society in full rather than select groups. You can add value to your resume and enrich your work experience by promoting workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.

3. Communication. From public speaking to face-to-face conversations and Zoom etiquette, there’s always room to improve your communication skills. Select a communication skill you’d like to improve upon; you’re sure to find a course or a tutor to help you grow your skill set.

4. Conflict resolution. Some people are born peacemakers, but anyone can learn effective strategies for handling workplace conflicts. Whether you’re in leadership and must moderate employee disagreements or you want to improve engagement with colleagues, conflict resolution training can help.

Explore the lifelong learning course offerings at your local college or university to discover opportunities to expand your power skill toolkit.

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How to attract millennial employees



According to a survey by Deloitte, by 2025, 75 percent of the workforce will be made up of millennials. As an employer, you must learn this generation’s motivations, needs and expectations to attract, engage and keep them in your company. Here are five things to consider.

1. Highlight values. Millennials want to work for a company with values that align with theirs. For them, a job isn’t just about a paycheck. It’s very much about having a purpose and making a difference.

2. Create flexibility. Millennial candidates are looking for a job that offers a work-life balance. For example, they’ll prioritize companies that offer remote or hybrid work schedules.

3. Prioritize advancement. Career progression is a top priority for millennial workers. They’re much more likely to stay at a company if they feel upper management is invested in their careers. Ensure you have strategies and policies in place to facilitate career progression.

4. Offer continued learning opportunities. Millennials want to advance and learn new things to progress in their careers. They’ll seek out employers who can provide these opportunities. Investing in training and development can help catch and keep their attention.

5. Embrace technology. Technology is essential to the millennial workforce. Therefore, integrating popular technologies and platforms into your business can give you a decisive edge in attracting this generation.

Ensure your company continues to grow and thrive by appealing to millennial employees.

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Why upskilling and reskilling are so important



The terms upskilling and reskilling became buzzwords at the start of the pandemic. Upskilling is about improving an employee’s existing skill set to grow in their current role. In contrast, reskilling focuses on retraining an employee for a new position or discipline. Here are some of the benefits of each.

Upskilling focuses on helping employees learn future-forward skills. Organizations can fill open positions with members of their current workforce. As demand for new skills increases, upskilling can allow an organization to develop the skills needed to remain competitive.

The World Economic Forum estimates that half of all employees worldwide will require reskilling by 2025 due to technological advancement. Reskilling can help increase a company’s bottom line by bringing out its employees’ full potential.

Both reskilling and upskilling strategies help your company foster a culture of learning in the workplace and help your employees adapt seamlessly to change.

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Pharmacy nurse: an exciting profession



Pharmacies offer numerous nursing services, so a pharmacy nurse’s daily life is never dull. Are you exploring careers in the health sector and looking for a stimulating job with multiple duties? The profession may vary depending on where you live, but here are some tasks you may have to carry out as a pharmacy nurse.

• Give vaccines. This responsibility might include vaccinations for local health needs like flu, HPV, or chicken pox. It can also involve immunizations for people planning to travel to exotic destinations.

• Deliver health care. Health-related services might include treating warts, changing bandages, removing stitches, and cleaning ears.

• Provide medical advice. Advice may be related to the general health and well-being of the patient. For example, pharmacy nurses can guide and support individuals trying to lose weight or quit smoking. They may also provide information on monitoring blood pressure or managing diabetes.

• Administer tests. Pharmacy nurses are trained to take samples, like blood and urine, for testing to screen for medical conditions.

Does a career as a pharmacy nurse interest you? Explore the training opportunities offered in your area. You may find the perfect career.

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Wind turbine technician: a career of the future



If you want a challenging career in green technology, consider becoming a wind turbine service technician. Also known as windtechs, these skilled workers install, maintain and repair wind turbines.

Windtechs test and troubleshoot wind turbines’ electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems and inspect the towers for structural soundness. They service wind field substations, underground transmission systems, fiber optic sensing, and control systems. Windtechs also collect data for research and analysis.

Wind turbine technicians typically study wind energy technology at a technical school. They must also complete at least one year of on-the-job training with a contractor to learn to work with specific wind turbine models. Training covers electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, and braking systems and computer and programmable logic processes. Windtechs are also trained in rescue, first aid, and CPR.

Additional requirements
Windtechs work outdoors, often in challenging weather conditions. They climb great heights and rappel on ropes. They’re expected to handle emergency calls on evenings and weekends. Traveling to wind farms, typically in rural areas, is another aspect of the job.

Visit a college in your area to discover what green technology careers to try.


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