New ways to get out of dead-end jobs

New routes out of dead end jobs

CLEVELAND - It's a sign of the times -- changing industries.

Once steady, successful and profitable positions are fading away to layoffs, downsizing and disappearing careers.

Certain jobs are seemingly more susceptible to the chopping block.

The good news is, more and more Ohioans, like Beverly Minnich, are finding lucrative manufacturing jobs on the other side

Minnich traded her pantyhose, skirts and heels of the banking world for steel toe boots to kick butt in a predominately male work world.

"I didn't think I could do it, and I proved I could," said Minnich.

Minnich is a former credit union manager who worked her way up from teller, only to be laid off.

At 51-years-old, Minnich was spinning her wheels in what had become a dead-end job.

"I was applying all over and doing everything that you were supposed to do and nothing was working," said Minnich.

Now, she’s working in a successful manufacturing career that she never saw coming.

"About a 360 I think, to go from the financial field into doing this, but it’s rewarding,” Minnich said with a confident smile.

She has the "Right Skills Now" program to thank for that reward.

It’s a 10-week program at Lorain Community College that led to an eight-week paid internship at General Plug in Oberlin.

Minnich had gone from zero experience to a bonafide full-time job.

Jim Tyree, a plant manager at General Plug, says they can’t hire people fast enough.

"Qualified people are hard to find, so we have taken the approach grow your own," said Tyree.

He and Minnich are the faces of the 2015 Jobs Ohio Annual Report, which has advanced manufacturing as Ohio's fastest growing industry, boasting more than 5,200 new jobs.

Beverly is already training to move up.

It’s the complete opposite of the dead-end banking job.

“Yes, totally opposite. There, I felt I was being tossed out, then General Plug came and pulled me back in,” said Minnich.

Reinvent.  Reinvest.  Revive.

More and more employees are finding that imperative in dead-end careers. 

On the list are bank tellers, bookkeepers, accountants, auditing clerks, print binding and finishing workers, U.S. Postal Service workers and bill and account collectors

“The average manufacturing job in Northeast Ohio starts at $55,000 a year," said Matthew Fieldman.

Fieldman is with Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, or MAGNET.

"And these jobs are in high demand. Hundreds open at any time," said Fieldman.

In fact, Fieldman said advanced manufacturing jobs are growing at five times the growth rate of the overall economy.

People in dead-end jobs, without four-year degrees, are quickly closing that chapter in their lives, trading the grind of a dead-end job for the sound of success somewhere else.

“The jobs are there. The money is there. The future is there in manufacturing," said Fieldman.

"That's the kind of opportunity that's here in Northeast Ohio. That's the possibility that's out there," said Fieldman.

MAGNET’s whole goal is to grow globally competitive manufacturing jobs in Northeast Ohio.

The Right Skills Now program is a fast track that's working for people as young as 16-years-old and for people like Beverly Minnich.

Maybe it could work for you.

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