• 28-MAY-2013

  • SOURCE: University of Phoenix

Bridging the Skills Gap in Today's Economy

Professional Development Expert, Michael Bevis, on Combining Your Passion with the Realities of the Job Market

While the unemployment rate still hovers around eight percent, millions of open jobs in America go unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers. To bridge this skills gap, job seekers need to take control by educating themselves about their interests and where they fit into the current job market. Whether you're entering your first career or looking to reinvent yourself , knowing where your interest lie, what jobs are in demand and how to gain the skills and education needed to compete can make all the difference.

Professional Development Expert and Director of Academic Affairs at University of Phoenix Michael Bevis talks about how to take control of your career path. He discusses three steps that can help job seekers connect the dots between their interests, education and a fulfilling career.

1. Identify your professional interests and related careers
2. Educate yourself on the job and labor market
3. Plan for gaining the skills and education needed to compete

Bevis also discusses the impact of current employment trends on job seekers and shares resources and tools to help bridge the skills gap. Paychecks are important, but taking the time to figure out how to connect your interests, education and skills with the career that best fits you is the real payoff.

Available content includes soundbites from Michael Bevis, and B-roll.

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