Workers change jobs every 3.5 years. And 50 percent of adults surveyed by the Conference Board, a nonprofit worldwide research organization revealed they’d made major career changes in the last two years.
People change careers for a variety of reasons – economic downturns, technological advances, and the opportunity for pay increases, to name a few – but job satisfaction is a big factor, too.
Job retraining is becoming a growing focus at Victoria College. VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department can help individuals learn new skills that will enable them to find new professions. While some students come to VC for training right out of high school, more than 60 percent of VC students are 30 or older.
Emmitt Glover is a good example. He was one of 280 employees laid off when Cuero Mount Vernon Mills textile plan closed its doors. The 56-year old found himself desperate for employment. He completed the Trust Driving course and is on the road to a new and rewarding career.
“I feel like I have a chance again,” he says.
Thanks to grants from private foundations, VC is now able to offer scholarships to students for short-term training courses such as electrical, HVAC, truck driving, welding and nurse aide. These occupations are among those identified by Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent as providing the best employment opportunities for local job-seekers.
For more information, email Sherri.Pall@VictoriaCollege.edu or call (361) 582-2590.
Source: Victoria College Magazine, Spring 2017