About this Blog

On this blog, we try to take current and cutting-edge research and turn it into “news you can use” for career explorers and job seekers.  We also try to keep on top of current trends in job seeking and career exploration.

Blog Authors


BETH BARSNESS
High School Specialist, Office of College & Career Success
Minnesota Department of Education

Random fact about me
I lived in Hawaii as a kid – frolicked on beaches, played the ukulele, ate lots of poi and Spam.

Likes
Live music. “Game of Thrones.” Soccer.

Dislikes
Whiners.

Book that moved me
“Unbroken” by Laura Hillebrand

If I had a million dollars …
I would remodel and redecorate our home and go on some killer family trips.


DENISE FELDER @DeniseMpls
Director of Professional Development (aka career information broker)
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

What inspired me to do what I do
I have an insatiable drive to help people make informed career decisions that impact their lives and communities.

Film that moved me
“On the Town” (1949), it started my life-long love of musicals.

Best Advice I ever received
Choose your battles.

If I had a million dollars …
I’d have 640,000 problems, after taxes.

JARED REISE
Administrative Assistant
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Random fact about me
I once rode horses in an outdoor drama in Ohio for a summer.

Likes
Honesty.  Karaoke.  They often go together.

Film that moved me
“Man on Wire” – documentary about Philippe Petit’s wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers in 1974.  He envisioned attempting the walk before the towers were even built.

Best Advice (“I ever received” or “read”)
It’s never too late …

YINGFAH THAO @yingfah_thao
Web Communications and Content Manager
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

What inspired me to do what I do
My parents came to the United States as refugees with all their belongings tossed in a few bags. They managed to raise seven kids with limited English, money, or job skills.

Random fact about me
I performed in roller skates as part of a show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Book that moved me
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Best advice I ever received
If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.

Regular Blog Contributors

Tim O’Neill is a regional labor market analyst for the Twin Cities region at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Tim blogs about regional career trends and economic conditions.

 

Brent Pearson is a regional labor market analyst for the South Central region at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Brent blogs about regional industry trends and economic conditions.

 

Jan Saxhaug (@jsaxhaug) is a regional labor market analyst for the Northeast region at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Jan blogs about regional industry trends and economic conditions. Visit his Arrowhead Labor Stats blog.

 

Mark Schultz is a regional labor market analyst for the Southeast regions at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Mark blogs on resources and job search tips to help job seekers with felonies or criminal convictions get back to work.

 

How to Become a Contributor

We welcomes guest submissions from career counselors, partners, and other career and education professionals.To learn more about how you can submit an article for publication please contact us.

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