December 2018: Career Exploration and Awareness Month

WHEREAS, it is critical for Michigan residents to understand the many career pathways available to them, as well as to have the resources and tools to actively engage in career exploration; and,

WHEREAS, parents, counselors, educators, coaches and influencers of young people should have meaningful conversations with students about career options. Many Michigan students leave high school and college without being comfortable with their career path and lack the knowledge of where to find information on the skills needed for high-demand, high-wage careers; and,

WHEREAS, employers must find the right talent who possess skills to move their businesses forward. 68 percent of professional careers require continued education and training beyond high school and only 38 percent of Michigan residents have met these requirements; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Works! system assists employers across industry sectors with establishing training programs such as registered apprenticeships and expanding existing training programs. The system also helps job seekers connect to these career opportunities to create a diverse pipeline of skilled workers to meet the industry’s talent needs; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan will have more than 811,000 career openings through 2024, equating to nearly $50 billion in potential earnings left on the table for Michiganders; and,

WHEREAS, on February 27, 2018 the Office of the Governor, the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Education announced the Marshall Plan for Talent. On June 26, 2018, the Marshall Plan for Talent was signed into law; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has made career exploration tools like the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder and Going-PRO.com available to assist Michigan residents with career exploration and identifying educational opportunities throughout the state; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has begun marketing campaigns to elevate the perception of Professional Trades careers through initiatives like the Going PRO and Experience Sooner campaigns; and,

WHEREAS, our citizens must better understand that they have many career choices and there are multiple career pathways which include pursuing stackable credentials, certificates and degrees. We must better prepare Michigan residents to understand that the workplace of today and the future requires lifelong learning;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the December 2018 as Career Exploration and Awareness Month in Michigan.