And how can it help your career?
Your Skills. Your Future. is a workforce development initiative created by the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce to connect residents to fulfilling careers in local industries. With immediate job openings in construction, engineering, maintenance, production, chemistry, medicine and more, students who are entering the workforce, and underemployed adults, may take their first steps into a new career with our help. Here are a few ways Your Skills. Your Future. is committed to closing the skills gap.
The Career Quiz
The first step is choosing which industry to pursue. Bradley County has a wide range of job opportunities, so figuring out what kind of work you like to do is important. Your Skills. Your Future. offers a Career Quiz that can help you choose a field to pursue.
Our Job Outlooks page shares detailed descriptions of many different positions such as electricians, welders, machinists, pharmacy technicians, chemists and more. You can even read about how employees at local plants including Mueller and McKee chose his or her career path and how it has benefitted them. Check out our So You Want To Be A… blog series to learn more!
Skills and Education
With a new career in mind, your next step is to acquire the skills you need to make that dream a reality. Our region offers a wide variety of colleges and technical programs that will help you acquire the knowledge, degrees and certifications you need to land a skilled job in the industry of your choice. Your Skills. Your Future. has partnered with these schools in order to help identify what programs are best for you. Check out our pages on colleges, and on degrees and certifications.
You’ll also want to be sure you are absolutely ready to pursue education after high school, so taking the ACT and/or SAT is a great idea, if you haven’t done so. Check out our guide to the ACT and SAT that includes test dates, locations, prep courses and tutors.
Paying for School
Did you know you can pursue the education you need for your future career without taking on any student loan debt?
There are several programs you can take advantage of to minimize your expenses and even graduate from college debt-free. The Tennessee Promise provides two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. That is enough to finish many programs entirely, but there are other scholarships and federal student aid opportunities that can offer more help. Your Skills. Your Future. has outlined all the financial aid and scholarship opportunities you’ll need.
Now that you have the skills you need to be a great employee, it’s time to search for openings. Your Skills. Your Future. has a database of local companies who need skilled workers, so it is easy to find a great match. Check out companies like Volkswagen, Amazon, Whirlpool, Rubbermaid, McKee Foods, Duracell, Mars and more.
After you earn your degree and apply for a job, it’s time to nail the interview. Check out our tips and tricks for resumes, cover letters and interviews.
Also, see our insightful videos featuring real industry professionals in the area.
We care about you and your career
At Your Skills. Your Future., we want to boost you towards a rewarding professional life. Our website is full of resources that can help, and our social media provides up-to-date information about opportunities and the advantages of pursuing work in manufacturing and skilled labor. Be sure to follow Your Skills. Your Future. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to stay informed.
Bradley County is full of opportunities, and we are proud to connect residents with great schools, companies and careers.
Still have questions? Let us know! Send us a message and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.