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New Year, New Career

JANUARY 2 / manpowerabadmin

New Year, New Career 

If you’ve been thinking about making a change in your career, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. But, as with all things, there are some things you’ll need to consider before taking that plunge. 

What are the most in-demand skills right now?

Global talent shortages are at a 12-year high right now with 45% of employers saying they can’t find the skills they need for vacant roles — and that number jumps to a staggering 67% for large companies (250+ employees). 

These numbers span multiple industries — from manufacturing to mining, transport to trade, employers cannot find the people they need with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths. This shortage for skilled employees puts plenty of power in the hands of qualified candidates, especially those in the following fields.

Want to know more about the talent shortage and how you can leverage it to your advantage? Read ManpowerGroup’s Solving the Talent Shortage Report

What are the top hiring sectors?

According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS), each of the 10 major industries in Western Canada are forecasting workforce gains for the first quarter of 2019. The transportation and public utilities sector looks the strongest with a net employment outlook of 26% and Alberta may see modest gains in employment.  

For a more complete look at the hiring trends for the next quarter, you can view MEOS Q1 2019. 

Where can you get the training you need to succeed?

In Alberta, there is no shortage of training and development programs available to those who want to upskill or become certified in their work. Post-secondary institutions across the province offer a multitude of upgrading options based on prior education, your career experience or simply which path you’d like to explore in your career. 

At Manpower Alberta, we also offer a program to help people who are looking to train for technology careers, as well as resources, training and development for people having difficulty entering the workforce.