Resources for Students
For students looking for college alternatives, there are many resources you can use to gain additional information about different paths you can take. Below are just a few resources you can utilize.
Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance
Although you are reading this blog on the AWMA website, meaning you have already found this resource. You might not be aware of just how helpful our alliance can be. By contacting the Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance or AWMA, you become connected with all of the manufacturing companies in the alliance. Opportunities with apprenticeships, internships, jobs shadowing, and summer jobs are all made available to you.
Before connecting you with a job or learning opportunity, we work to help educate you and your family. We have a presence in many schools including Adams Central, Southern Wells, Norwell, and more. This presence includes attending career fairs, going into the classrooms to speak about manufacturing, and providing material or equipment to use in schools.
This goes far beyond the teachers you interact with in the classroom each day, your counselors are also a resource for you to use. Throughout high school, you work with your counselor to plan your schedule and have many discussions about what you’d like your future to look like. They are there to help guide you through this decision-making process and give you additional resources you might need.
Although not every teacher will be able to help you with this decision, some might make a huge impact. Unlike your counselor, your teachers see you every day. They see how you interact with other students, your work ethic, and they might even pick up on any special interest you have. Knowing this information, they might be able to suggest different career paths.
Your family could be another great resource for you to use. Reach out to family members that work in a skilled trade but also to those who went the college route. By speaking with people who choose different routes, you can gain a better understanding of what might be the right choice for you. Ask them questions about what their daily life looks like and what they enjoy most or what they wish they could change.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides not only provide a list of job opportunities in your area, but also more information regarding the type of job you are looking into. They break their information down by region so you are able to look at your specific community. You can see the average pay as well as more detailed information about what the job entails. If you have a specific job or field you are interested in, visit their website for more information.