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What exactly is an 'Entry level' job in the Corridor?
Episode 2715th March 2022 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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It's been a long time since entry level jobs were limited to retail or food service. Now there are opportunities that are technically 'entry-level' that you may not have considered. From janitorial, to sales, to service technicians, there are many opportunities to train on-the-job for a satisfying career that offers upward mobility.

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Dan Holterhaus:

Well, let's dive right into it. do just want to

Dan Holterhaus:

say, and we mentioned it on our last show as well, that we have

Liz Kennedy:

We do, April 28. And it's not just for people who

Liz Kennedy:

a career fair coming out.

Liz Kennedy:

are actively looking for jobs. It's for people who are just

Liz Kennedy:

curious what's out there. So don't be shy. It's at the public

Liz Kennedy:

library. So you can even just pretend you're going to the

Liz Kennedy:

library.

Dan Holterhaus:

Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, three to

Dan Holterhaus:

6pm, April 28. And there's going to be employers there, there's

Dan Holterhaus:

going to be a lot of employers there. Yeah. But there's also a

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variety,

Liz Kennedy:

something for everybody. And that's pretty

Liz Kennedy:

much our mantra when it comes to career. Sure.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah. And but yeah, the library has been

Dan Holterhaus:

really good to partner with. And we're going to also just have

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resources as well available to job seekers or people that are

Dan Holterhaus:

curious, like you say,

Liz Kennedy:

yeah, like, if you need help with your resume, you

Liz Kennedy:

just want to talk to somebody about career path, or you know,

Liz Kennedy:

what, career skill, upscaling resources are out there, we're

Liz Kennedy:

gonna have some resources for you there. So it's gonna be a

Liz Kennedy:

really great event. And I'm looking forward to it, it's free

Liz Kennedy:

to register. And you can do that on the on corridor. careers.com.

Dan Holterhaus:

Cool. Well, let's dive into our topic for

Dan Holterhaus:

today. We are in early March 2022. And that means we're just

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a couple months away from a big event for a lot of college

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graduates, or people graduating or it could be high school. But

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graduation is upcoming here, a couple months. And we're going

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to have a plethora of new people looking for jobs and or hitting

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the job market. So today, we want to talk a little bit about

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entry level jobs. So if you look at Corridor Careers right now,

Dan Holterhaus:

where could I go and find an entry level job?

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah, we were just talking about this. So the

Liz Kennedy:

variety of things that are considered entry level is really

Liz Kennedy:

wide right now. So if you were not, if you've not been in the

Liz Kennedy:

work force for some time, or you're just entering the

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workforce, it's not just retail positions that are open to you,

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there are such a variety of entry level positions that you

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could find something that would be interesting for you right

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now. And they range from, you know, working in a nonprofit,

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where you could try on a lot of different hats, to just

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professional settings, like medical settings where you could

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set appointments, call reminders, things like that.

Liz Kennedy:

There's youth counselor roles, there's financial assistance.

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There's quite a variety. And what's really exciting right now

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for maybe a college student, or just someone who's reentering

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workforce is that, you know, they can take what they've

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learned, and how they've adapted over the the pandemic as like a

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skill set into these entry level positions. Because we've all had

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to grow so much over the last three years, whether we were

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working or not, you know, you just had to adapt to so many

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different changes that our entire lives were up ended. And,

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and here we are, we're still here, hopefully. And so you

Liz Kennedy:

learn something, no matter what happens in the last couple of

Liz Kennedy:

years. And I would encourage you to use that if you are going to

Liz Kennedy:

be talking with an employer about why it might be a good fit

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for them. So one careers, we have a job category category

Liz Kennedy:

called general health. And that is sometimes a category that's

Liz Kennedy:

put on different roles because they're more open to just

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general applicants. And I'm seeing on here things like a

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cable installer. So oftentimes, many local companies that

Liz Kennedy:

install Internet or cable offer really great training programs.

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So you could start as an entry level, outside plant technician

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or outside, cable installer technician go through their

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training programs, and there are always a lot of benefits,

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whether it's for media comm or I'm on or some other broadband

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companies that are in the area. So that's an interesting role.

Liz Kennedy:

Definitely is for someone who doesn't want to sit in an office

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all day, you're going to be out in the field troubleshooting,

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you're going to be maybe climbing a pole, you're gonna be

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doing physical things that are kind of interesting, and you get

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to be that person that's hooking someone up to the internet.

Liz Kennedy:

That's a really important job,

Dan Holterhaus:

Everybody's best friend when they show up right?

Liz Kennedy:

I've had many relationship, you know, many

Liz Kennedy:

relationships over the past few years with our cable installer.

Liz Kennedy:

So dispatchers, there are you know a lot of transportation

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roles that aren't just drivers, their dispatcher roles, there

Liz Kennedy:

are scheduler roles, coordinator roles. And so if you're

Liz Kennedy:

interested in kind of the movement of things, and this

Liz Kennedy:

whole supply chain that is a growing field, and so maybe you

Liz Kennedy:

even got your degree in supply chain Technology or something

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like that those are critical roles that are needing to be

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filled in our, our location, or in this area. And there are

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quite a few transportation companies in the greater

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corridor. So there's a lot of opportunity there. And then

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everything's like receptionist, um, front desk, manager. And

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then janitor, janitorial services, there's a lot of

Liz Kennedy:

janitorial services that are needing more help, because they

Liz Kennedy:

are expanding their services with businesses that have

Liz Kennedy:

reopened and then rehiring a lot of people to work and clean

Liz Kennedy:

those facilities. So those are options as well. And then sales

Liz Kennedy:

sales is a really great entry level position, especially for a

Liz Kennedy:

college student who wants to get their feet wet and understand

Liz Kennedy:

how businesses work. Sales is such a great skill set to have

Liz Kennedy:

-wouldn't you say, Dan?

Dan Holterhaus:

Absolutely. I was looking at that right here.

Dan Holterhaus:

And the I think the, one of the top jobs that showed up on the

Dan Holterhaus:

general help page on Corridor Careers was a sales job, a car

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sales job that day, right? I was like, you know, if you were

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interested in cars, and you mentioned like a transportation

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job, but what have you, you know, or maybe into business, or

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you kind of want to get a little, you want to work with

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people and help people and maybe that's through selling cars,

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what a what a great, like entry level way to, you know, not only

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meet other people at work, but also, you know, make make a

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solid income right out of college. And I was just thinking

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back to kind of those moments right after I got done with

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school. And it was a tough, tough time. The economy was not

Dan Holterhaus:

doing well, I remember, it was 2008, I took an internship

Dan Holterhaus:

making $8.50 an hour, because that's fine. I remember, you

Dan Holterhaus:

know, I tried to ask my uncle who was working at principle,

Dan Holterhaus:

financial and demand, I was like, Hey, do you guys have any

Dan Holterhaus:

jobs open over there? And he's like, Yeah, we just laid off,

Dan Holterhaus:

like, 30% of our people. And we all took a 20% pay cut. So it

Dan Holterhaus:

was just a rough time in the world right at that moment. But

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um, I'm just thinking, like, what a great opportunity for

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people coming out right now with the amount of jobs available.

Dan Holterhaus:

But I would also give one thing of advice. And I'd like to get

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your thoughts on this too, when you were coming out of school. I

Dan Holterhaus:

know that. When, right after you get done with college, you kind

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of have this idea like, Oh, this is my dream job. And I want it

Dan Holterhaus:

now. I want to be there right now. And now that, um, you know,

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14 years removed from college. I remember getting frustrated that

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I didn't have my dream job, like six months out of college.

Dan Holterhaus:

Right. And I look back on that now. And I'm like, Wow, if I

Dan Holterhaus:

just would have maybe, like, not been so impatient, like, right,

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in those months of right after college. You know, and not that

Dan Holterhaus:

I 100%. Enjoy my career right now. But I remember just being

Dan Holterhaus:

very impatient with what I was trying to accomplish at that

Dan Holterhaus:

time in my life. Can you relate?

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah, well, I think probably my parents could relate

Liz Kennedy:

more than me, because I didn't really care about getting a

Liz Kennedy:

dream job right out of college, but I'm sure my parents wanted

Liz Kennedy:

me to get something that paid the loans back. Um, yeah, there

Liz Kennedy:

is sometimes that pushback of like, Oh, these new college

Liz Kennedy:

grads, they want everything right away. I think that's

Liz Kennedy:

probably an overgeneralization you, then you've just finished

Liz Kennedy:

four or five years of intense preparation to try to get into a

Liz Kennedy:

career path. So there should be some expectation that, you know,

Liz Kennedy:

your efforts will pay off. So I don't, I don't fault anyone for

Liz Kennedy:

feeling like they should have something that is rewarding

Liz Kennedy:

after all of that effort. But in this, but on the flip side of

Liz Kennedy:

that, when we look in hindsight back on a career path, it winds

Liz Kennedy:

many different ways. So I think the only wrong move that you can

Liz Kennedy:

make is not not saying yes to something that could potentially

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lead to an opportunity that you maybe hadn't even considered

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because you were so close minded narrowly focused on a particular

Liz Kennedy:

dream job that you felt was right for you because honestly,

Liz Kennedy:

in three years, there's gonna be job titles that don't exist now.

Liz Kennedy:

And, you know, there's just the world is changing so quickly

Liz Kennedy:

that it's really just about let's just say yes to something

Liz Kennedy:

that fits the criteria. That's right for me, you know, like,

Liz Kennedy:

what's gonna, what's your day to day gonna be like, that's

Liz Kennedy:

probably more important than whether it's your dream job or

Liz Kennedy:

not, because it could turn into your dream job. Maybe in the

Liz Kennedy:

future, maybe won't start that way.

Dan Holterhaus:

Yeah, that's a really good point. I mean,

Dan Holterhaus:

things, things are changing so fast with, you know, technology.

Dan Holterhaus:

And I feel like all of our jobs just continually evolve, right?

Dan Holterhaus:

Like we, our jobs won't be done the same way. In a couple of

Dan Holterhaus:

years that we're doing right now. And that's, that's the way

Dan Holterhaus:

of the world and that's exciting. Mm hmm. But I also

Dan Holterhaus:

think what you want, when you're 22, might not be what you want,

Dan Holterhaus:

when you're 26. Yep, probably isn't going to be what you want

Dan Holterhaus:

when you're in your early 30s. So, you know, there's this

Dan Holterhaus:

evolution. And I think that's, that's fun and exciting.

Liz Kennedy:

Yeah. All right, well, we'll just leave it at

Liz Kennedy:

that I think we do have, we're gonna throw a couple resources

Liz Kennedy:

in the show notes for you. So just different entry level

Liz Kennedy:

positions to maybe consider, but also, you know, a skill

Liz Kennedy:

evaluator we have a tool that you can use, that is from I

Liz Kennedy:

think from I will work that you can use to determine what your

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skills are. And that can help you match yourself to a career

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path that might be a good fit for you. And then within that

Liz Kennedy:

career path, then you can find those entry level positions

Liz Kennedy:

within that career path to start at. So some good stuff in the

Liz Kennedy:

show notes, so be sure to check those out.

Dan Holterhaus:

Cool. I love it. Thanks, Liz.

Liz Kennedy:

All right, you guys have a great day.