How To Start A New Career: A College Pathways Virtual Event

On April 28th, LAEDC’s Jessica Ku Kim joined a unique KPCC panel that provided the audience with advice on starting a new career to take advantage of in-demand occupations that pay well in Los Angeles County.  Please share this video!

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Several hundred thousand people in LA County are still unemployed due to the pandemic, and job losses during the pandemic have been hardest on people without a college degree, particularly Latinas and Latinos. And many low-wage jobs, especially in service and retail, are not expected to come back.  Many people are trying to figure out what to do next. Should you switch careers — and if so, how? Which jobs in Southern California are the best bet for a stable future and what kind of education do you need for them?

Should you spend the time and money to get a degree or a certification to move into a new field?

Center for a Competitive Workforce has described over 100 middle-skill occupations on this website to help people understand the wages, hiring outlook and efficient community college programs that provide the credentials people need to access these careers quickly.  This video compliments the research available on this website to expand on the topic of making a career change.

The speial event which can now be viewed as a video (above) was hosted by LAist (KPCC) College Pathways Reporter Jill Replogle, who moderated the panel of higher education and employment experts that delved into questions from the community. Panelists included Jenna Gausman of Santa Monica College, Dr. Henan Joof of L.A. City College, and Jessica Ku Kim of the LA County Economic Development Corporation.

LAEDC would like to thank Jill Replogle at KPCC / LAist for her focus on this important issue.

To learn more about how we can restore a more equitable economy, and to better understand how the pandemic eroded equity, please visit LAEDC’s report, Pathways to Economic Resiliency. For more information about CCW’s workforce development programs, please contact Claire Anderson.

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