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Since we launched the campaign in the spring, we have been proud to consistently produce content for our Spark Success Now Blog. We took time to curate some of our favorite posts from the past year into this year-end “Best of the Blog” list. Here’s part one:

Spark Success: Why You Should & How You Can (Apr. 27, 2021)

Why ignite the spark? In a third-party survey we commissioned, 90 percent of parents/guardians in the four largest counties in West Michigan believe that opportunities to explore different career areas early on will help their students decide if the career choices they are considering are right for them. Read the full post.

What Is a Career Pathway, Anyhow? (Nov. 2, 2021)

We talk a lot about career pathways. Our mission is to raise awareness among families about the many career pathways for students across West Michigan. But what exactly is a career pathway? It can get confusing, especially when the idea of the path is simply to get a job, right? Not much of a path, but it’s a little more nuanced than that. In fact, the pathway might have many twists, turns, and winding roads along the way. Read the full post.

Perception vs. Reality: Career Paths & the Future of Work (Sept. 21, 2021)

There are also approximately 49,000 vacant jobs monthly in West Michigan—more openings than qualified people to fill them. With this in mind, it’s important to raise awareness about the types of jobs available now and in the future, as well as the many paths available to a successful career. We used to think a bachelor’s degree was the only way to a good future, but there are many pathways. Unfortunately, many times, misperceptions about jobs and training programs often lead people to ignore the possibilities all around them. Read the full post.

6 Questions on the Future of Jobs with West Michigan Works! (July 26, 2021)

The future of jobs in our region is constantly changing based on a number of factors, but we are fortunate to have expertise in West Michigan that we can rely on to help us plan and look forward. We recently asked our friends at West Michigan Works! six questions about the future of jobs in the area. Read the full post. 

Helping Students Find Their Place in the World of Work (Nov. 3, 2021)

There are lots of resources in our region to help students find the right career pathway. One new resource is called CareerPoint. CareerPoint promotes career coaching to help students and job seekers understand their interests and career goals and what it takes to succeed. Individuals are supported as they build a career profile documenting their abilities. The process enables them to make choices that align with their interests and strengths. It is an evidence-based model and was developed by West Michigan Works! Read the full post.