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Career Spotlight

About Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight provides a snapshot of careers and the local people who work in them. Read all about it and watch the short videos to understand how education, training, and the application of Career Skills for the New Economy play important roles in the changing job scene. These Career Skills do not replace traditional skills always valued by employers, but instead, are an important addition for job seekers in the New Economy.

Career Skills for the New Economy

The Northwest Michigan Talent District Career Council, Networks Northwest, and other economic and educational partners in Northwest Michigan encourage the development of the following Career Skills for Success.* 

  • Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving
  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative & Entrepreneurism
  • Effective Oral & Written Communication
  • Accessing & Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity & Imagination
  • Personal Accountability

*Based on information from The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner (2008, Basic Books, New York) and adapted from The Seven Survival Skills for Careers, College, and Citizenship©, Tony Wagner, Harvard University.


Learn more about Career Skills for the New Economy.
Download/view/print  (11" x 17" posters)

Career Skills for the New Economy Poster  

Healthcare Career Spotlight Poster

Information Technology - IT Poster

Manufacturing Career Spotlight Poster


Northwest Michigan Works! is Supported by the State of Michigan and is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.


Elise, Sarah and Elizabeth of Networks Northwest really made the Speak-Up Kalkaska Event successful, and we look forward to our continued partnership in completing the cooperative Master Plan Process.

Cash Cook, Kalkaska DDA Director