Congratulations – now get a job!

Spring Semester is over! You did it!! Graduates may be wondering about job prospects in your field, whether to transfer to a Bachelor program, or go to work with your Associates degree. If you’re not graduating, you may be considering or re-considering your major.

A resource from our library gives you access to industry growth predictions – by state – drawn from the latest government data in an easy-to-read format. I looked at automotive repair. With only 266 automotive repair shops, Alaska could use some good mechanics!

From our A-Z listof databases, select Business Source Complete. The easiest way to search is to put in the NAICS number for your industry, which can be found with an easy keyword search at: https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html

In the Business Source Complete search window, enter Barnes Reports in the first box. Then scroll down to Limit your results. Choose Industry Profile, then enter the six-digit NAICS Industry Code. For automotive repair it is 811111. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page, and a list of results will be generated. Choose the 2017 Industry and Market Outlook. This Barnes Report document reports the number of employers and employees nationwide and by state, and gives predictions of industry growth.

Have a job offer from a company? See if there is a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of it in Business Source Complete by entering the company name in the top search box, scrolling down to Limit your results and under Publication Type selecting SWOT Analysis. I tried Frontier Communications, a local employer.

The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades! 

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