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November 16, 2012

Experts: Keep options open for area jobs

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“Generally speaking, that does hold true year after year,” Harris said. “If you take the time and get the advance degree it’s enticing for employers. The more specialized your skills are the more valued you would be, as long as you match up with what the businesses are looking for.”

Once a person has a degree it’s important for them to keep educating themselves.

“Stay engaged and keep learning,” Harris said. “Get credentialing or any sort of skills upgrading made available to you, be it through work or your local university or community college system. You have to make sure you’re relevant and that your skill set is up-to-date.”

The state Department of Labor says that the leisure and hospitality sector is one area that has pretty good gains in regards to employment in Otsego County.

Overall, Otsego County has grown from an annual private sector job count of 19,500 in 2001 to 20,800 in 2011.

For those people who are looking for a job, Harris has a little advice.

“Know what’s local as far as the businesses in your community and what they do and what they need as far as workforce goes,” Harris said. “And don’t turn your back on manufacturing.”

To learn more about the job opportunities in the area check out the One-Stop Career Centers, Career Opportunities in Rural Education or Oneonta Job Corps.

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