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An Aging Workforce Spells Opportunity

An old saying in the economics world is, “demographics is destiny.” You can predict many economic trends by looking at the composition of the population. An aging population will create demand for health care and other jobs catering to senior citizen needs. A...

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Addressing The Skilled Labor Shortage

A recurring theme of this blog has been the dire shortage of skilled trade workers. The news media is filled with reports of this shortage and how it has been holding back construction projects and service companies from doing even more work, like this one. Here’s...

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How To Get Rich

Different people may have different ideas of what it means to be wealthy. To some people, it may mean being worth billions of dollars, like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos or other high-tech entrepreneurs. To reach that level, you need to invent something most of the world...

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The Trades Offer Plenty Of Room For Advancement

When you think about a career in the trades, don’t think that means turning wrenches for the rest of your working life. The skilled trades offer plenty of opportunity for advancement in positions that challenge your intellect, as well as managerial and leadership...

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What’s Your Passion?

A long time ago, I taught essay writing at the University of Illinois in Chicago, my alma mater. Like other instructors, I held office hours for individual student consultations. One day I was meeting with a young man who was the worst student in my class. He had...

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The Skills Of A Skilled Trade

I keep throwing around the term “skilled trades,” and some of you might be thinking: don’t all jobs require skills? To some extent that’s true. But some skills can be acquired pretty easily. The working world is filled with jobs that can be learned well enough for a...

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Your Passion: Find It…Or Develop It?

If you’re on the brink of adulthood, you’re probably hearing a lot of people say that you’ll know what you want to do for a living when you “find your passion.” It turns out they might have this just a bit wrong. They’ve got the “passion” part right. But, new studies...

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Not Sure About A Career Path? A Mentor Can Help

There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re about to finish high school and you’re still unclear about a career choice. It’s a tough decision – especially with the constant changes in the world. Will a steady job in a particular industry be a sure thing 15,...

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Next Step: Planning What Happens Directly After Graduation

Many of your classmates might be headed off to college, but the truth is that a four-year degree isn’t for everyone – and it isn’t needed by everyone – to have a successful career. What seems like a “you’re crazy if you don’t” scenario actually wasn’t even attempted...

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What You Should Know About Your First Bank Account

Preparing for life after high school means getting ready to handle bills and financial obligations. It usually means you’re moving away from home to be closer to your next level of education – but even if you’re staying at home, you’ll have to manage finances in a...

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Five People You Know Who Didn’t Go to College

The sad fact about college is that the valuable degree you can earn at the end of four years can put you deep in debt. What’s more, getting a college education doesn’t guarantee that there’ll be a job waiting for you when you graduate. Some of the most successful...

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Extracurricular Activities: Which Choices Are Best?

High school students who are absolutely sure they’re college-bound often find themselves not-so-sure about what extracurricular activities to pursue. What will look best on their college application? This is supposedly important because it helps college admission...

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Can You Afford The American Dream?

America is renowned as the land of opportunity. A big part of what’s often been called “the American Dream” has been home ownership. Traditionally that meant working hard and putting away savings for a number of years until you had enough to afford a down payment. I...

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You Can Benefit From Trade School Philanthropy

In case you’re not familiar with the term, “philanthropy” is a fancy word for charitable giving, especially by ultra-wealthy people. Many billionaires and mega-millionaires contribute sizable sums of money to their favorite charitable causes, which often includes...

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Troops to Trades Golf Tournament a Success!

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – On Friday, May 25, 2018, 92 golfers enjoyed a picture-perfect day of golf at The Coeur d’Alene Golf and Spa Resort as they supported Troops to Trades, a veteran-outreach program powered by the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Hosted by Todd and Elaine...

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Smart Devices Need Smart Tradespeople

Homes nowadays have features that enable lights to turn on and off automatically as people enter and exit rooms. You can order Alexis to play your favorite recordings or TV shows. You can program appliances remotely via your cell phone. You can buy a toilet that...

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Final Apprenticeship Report Is In

On June 15, 2017, President Trump issued E.O. 13801, Expanding Apprenticeships in America, which directed the Secretary of Labor to establish a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships. Apprenticeship...

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Six Famous People Who Started Out As Apprentices

On your way to becoming a plumber, electrician, or an HVAC technician, you’ll have some specialized, on-the-job training known as an apprenticeship. There are plenty of benefits attached to apprenticeships—including the opportunity to earn a decent salary while you...

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Are You Meant To Be An Entrepreneur?

Take a look at the great startup unicorns out there and it’s easy to see why so many people want to become an entrepreneur. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has become the wealthiest person on the planet, with a net worth of $130 billion.Google says that Elon Musk has a net...

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Don’t Miss These Scholarship Opportunities!

If you’ve decided to pursue a career in the trades, you probably already know the tuition for your education to prepare for a job as a plumber, electrician, or HVAC technician can be $65,000 less and two years shorter than the usual college degree. And, the good news...

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How To Figure Out What You’re Interested In

Here’s some insight. Depending on your browser and Google search settings, you can start typing and Google will suggest search topics based on what it sees. If you start typing in, “how to figure out what…” Google automatically suggests you may be searching results...

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Is College Really the Only Way to Do It?

Who’s right and who’s wrong? Do a quick search online and you find ample arguments on both sides about the value of a college education. Some say college is overrated and not necessary. Others say you’re unlikely to succeed without a college degree. College is not a...

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A Rare Opportunity For The Right Person

Some people have a special talent. They’re able to listen, connect the dots, and offer the perfect amount of advice and guidance. Nexstar Legacy Foundation, the organization responsible for this website and blog, is searching for someone just like this. We make...

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Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing Act Of Giving

Air conditioners and furnaces, simple luxuries of owning a home. Refreshing relief in the dog days of summer and toasty warmth in bitterness of winter. But every once in a while, a service call to the local residential service company is needed…and it’s never at an...

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Can Your Personality Help You Decide on a Career?

A lot of big companies think so. About 80% of Fortune 500 and nearly 90% of Fortune 100 companies use something called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test to try to help their employees get into the right role so that they’ll be most productive on the...

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