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Retraining for a second career with
online training are allowing individuals
to reclaim their version of
the American dream.
The phenomenon of middle class suburban families struggling just to keep body and soul together would have been unimaginable in any post World War II American scenario.
As the middle class continues to erode, middle aged workers looking to stay competitive will need to consider expanding their education. For many, online training may be a strategy which could prove effective. Many job sectors have slowed due to the economic downturn, but many are gone for good. Manufacturing, once the bulwark of the middle class, is a segment of the economy not likely to ever regain its former glory.
Many families—for whom manufacturing once represented a dependable path to middle class comfort—will need to look elsewhere in the future. This has happened before. Millworkers in the Northeast had to deal with the same problem. Families who had worked in textile mills for generations found layoffs and plant closures becoming increasingly common.
Textile workers did what many job seekers today are going to have to do. They had to re-train in other job categories for which there was significant demand. And for the most part, it worked. There are still areas in the Northeast which are slowly recovering from being devastated by the closure of textile mills. But slowly and surely, as workers re-train and change their expectations as well, many of these areas continue to rebound.
For workers who are considering re-training for a second career there are a few considerations which may keep them relevant in the workforce. Career fields to consider could include more cutting edge jobs which are less likely to be outsourced to China, India and Brazil. The current focus on green energy will likely continue to create demand for highly skilled workers in several different industries.
Wind turbine production continues to ramp up and this requires not only initial manufacturing labor, but also maintenance labor throughout the life cycle of the wind turbines. Bio-diesel production is moving from a niche industry to a much more mainstream business. Especially as petroleum prices continue to rise, biodiesel is much more competitive than just a year ago.