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Career growth happens as you take steps to align your interests and skills with what employers need. Here you’ll find tools to explore where your skills and interests match what San Diego County hiring managers are looking for, plus learn moves you can make now to land a dream job.
What is a Priority Job?
We looked at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. There are 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, ranging from stucco masons to biomedical engineers. These priority jobs pay at least 90% of workers $16 an hour or more, provide at least 63 openings a year and are projected to grow by at least 6.5% annually.
What is a Priority Sector?
San Diego’s employers can be categorized into industries like Ship Building & Repair, and those industries can be grouped into larger sectors of the economy like Advanced Manufacturing. Priority sectors are areas of the economy that provide at least 10,000 positions in the 72 priority jobs.
The most important part of continuing to progress is being able to translate the work and skills from one job and apply it to the next, even if it is in a different vertical. Gaining certifications and degrees has helped propel my career forward and stand out to employers.
After I graduated, I was unemployed for nine months before I could find a full-time job. I thought I would be able to find one sooner. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major and an internship on Capitol Hill with [then-Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi and had this amazing resume, but as it turns out there’s much more to it.
But the real secret to how I got where I am today is that I always keep my eyes open for opportunities. I push myself to learn, grow and do things that make me feel uncomfortable. I am constantly looking at the angles and figuring out where things are going.
At the beginning of my career, I didn’t imagine ending up where I am today. My career isn’t “normal” in that it was not a traditional, linear pathway from points A to Z. The skills that I developed throughout my career path have led me to where I am today, without any formal training in energy management.
Don’t be afraid to blaze a new path. Look for the role or take on the job or the task that other people are not willing to do. Look for those jobs that maybe other people find hard because these are the jobs that will challenge you to grow and learn completely new things.
I consider the PM role similar to conducting a symphony as it requires the ability to deliver a customer project within certain parameters and guiding the team members, who each play a separate but equally important role, toward the collaborative implementation of a project.
I love the everyday puzzles that my work presents; solving obstacles like how to cover this person with that bus driver over there, because that kid isn’t going, and making sure this kid arrives on time, and so on. The transportation department is solving puzzles all day long, and it makes me feel proud when we successfully do what we do every single day, even with the resource shortages that we have.
For high school students, I want to note that there are a lot of different ways to get into a job or industry and you don’t have to take the traditional path of a four-year degree or a master’s degree. Things are flexible and academics aren’t the only way forward.
For 25 years, I’ve worked in public affairs working for companies where I believe in their product. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll be miserable at work. I believe that your personal values must align, at least a little bit, to whatever it is that you’re participating in and working on.
If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. Figure out what you’re interested in and are passionate about and keep trying new things like building a toy robot or fixing up an old car. Also, make sure you are a passionate, communicative and responsible employee.
Find out what you like and what you are interested in. There are so many different pathways you can take, whether it be mechanical, aviation or electrical. Try to get exposure to a variety of technical fields and find your passion.
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We offer training, job search and career development resources to all San Diego County job seekers—at no cost to you. Use these resources to identify your interests, gain new skills or prepare a job application.
Develop Essential Skills
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