(p. B1) . . . many of the skills needed to do fading jobs are applicable to growing jobs.
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(p. B2) A New York Times review of the activities and skills that jobs entail, based on the Labor Department’s O*Net database, shows how much overlap there is between many seemingly dissimilar occupations. Service industry jobs, for example, require social skills and experience working with customers — which also apply to sales and office jobs.
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. . . , employers hire based on credentials that job applicants can’t change — a college degree or previous job title — rather than assessing the skills an applicant has developed, said Mr. Auguste, who was an economic adviser in the Obama administration. He said the approach should instead be, “If you learned it at Harvard or Cal State Northridge or on the job as a secretary or in the Navy or as a volunteer, awesome.”
For the full commentary, see:
CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and QUOCTRUNG BUI. “The Upshot; Old Skills, New Career.” The New York Times (Fri., JULY 28, 2017): B1-B2.
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(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date JULY 27, 2017, and has the title “The Upshot; Switching Careers Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: Charting Jobs That Are Similar to Yours.”)