Highlighting Emerging Careers for Young Adults

American Graduate: Getting to Work is an initiative that's bridging the awareness gap and helping young adults learn more about satisfying, well-paying careers, without a four-year degree.

Exploring Local Opportunities

In Connecticut, there are extensive opportunities available to 18-25 year-olds for middle-skill, springboard jobs in industries that are specifically of high demand throughout the state. Connecticut Public is joining this national conversation by showcasing these industries and positions. We're showing “what” individuals are doing, as well as “how” and “why” young professionals are selecting careers in this evolving market.

Introducing Paths to Satisfying Careers

Connecticut Public is bringing attention to the growing employment opportunities in high-demand career areas—like insurance, financial services, dental health, manufacturing, and digital media. Many of these fields offer on-site training through apprenticeships and certifications. For more information on training and certification opportunities for careers in Connecticut, see these resources:

Technicians and Manufacturing: Connecticut Office of Apprenticeship Training

  • This program from the Connecticut Department of Labor offers paid apprenticeships to high school graduates in the following fields: automotive, barbering, building & construction, culinary arts, light & power, machine tool metal & plastics, press operator, service technician, and others. Apprenticeship programs range from one to four years and come with a training credential.

Financial Services: U.S. Department of Labor

  • The U.S. Department of Labor offers apprenticeships in the financial services industry. Upon completing the program, apprentices will have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration.

Insurance: State of Connecticut Insurance Department

  • Individuals 18 and older can apply for a state license to work as a Certified Insurance Consultant, an important entry-level position in the insurance industry.

Dental/Allied Health: Commission on Dental Accreditation

  • Dental hygiene and dental assisting programs are offered at colleges and universities across Connecticut. The following programs are certified by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and train individuals for stable careers in a highly demanded field.