How has the economy produced displaced workers?
First let’s look at what makes up displaced workers. Displaced workers are described as people or workers who’ve lost their jobs due to some tremendous impact in their work environment and/or entire industry. Global events can bring on this change, such as war or global economic issues. Technological advances as well as greed, as seen in the banking and lending industries these past few years, have created displaced workers. Another example of an event was when the manufacturing industries moved towards machines and computers, which displaced workers.
Displaced workers have faced several issues in the past, significantly with the fast mechanization of farming. Many workers have been displaced due to technological innovations. Recently, workers have dealt with layoffs in the airline industry and car manufacturing companies. These workers have also been blindsided by business outsourcing to workers in other countries which have lower waged workers (Brown, 2007).
With displacement of work comes stress, depression, and financially instability. Displaced worker’s needs span retraining services, job searching, unemployment information, and credit counseling. Emotional strains may also need to be addressed.
A career counselor can be of help in working with displaced workers to be an aid in emotional support. Displaced workers should be emotionally stable before seeking employment. The career counselor may need to refer the displaced individual if they are experiencing severe depression and low self esteem due to their job loss. A displaced worker may not be able to make active decisions until these issues are addressed.
A career counselor can support a displaced worker by providing them with resources for immediate employment, full-time and part-time work. A career counselor would help with resume building or updating, interviewing skills, and job readiness skills. Displaced workers can call on a career counselor for resources in changing of careers as well. Career counselors can met the needs of displaced workers by helping them with goal setting, motivation and encouragement.
The need is there for displaced workers to be retrained due to new technologies or introduction to new industries. Career Counselors support displaced workers by locating appropriate educational and training programs. Career counselors also introduce career choices software which through a survey of questions gathers data to best match skills to career choices. One of the priorities for career counselors has been to help prepare the displaced worker for employment.
Some on-line resources found to help displaced workers are through government aid, educational and community websites:
Work Source, www.worksourcecalifornia.com/job_seekers/WS_disworker.htm which provides Dislocated Worker Program Services. They offer retraining services for a new career, job search and referral assistance. Bridging the paycheck gap assistance which is a resource for unemployment insurance benefits. Referrals to employment counselors, energy assistance resources and credit counseling.
The U.S. department of labor website, http://www.doleta.gov/ , employment and training administration which provides career informational videos, job and career information and online tools for grant applications. They also provide resources and information on unemployment benefit insurance and workforce investment systems which include certifications and programs for many special needs groups.
Employment development department, http://www.edd.ca.gov/, is a website resource that provides job research, data and statistical labor market information, online claim forms access for paid family leave, unemployment and disability insurance, resources for training.
Regional Occupational Program, website www.lacorop.edu allows people to register for classes and training from floristry, auto tech to computer applications and banking occupations and many more. It is a program that provides training and apprenticeship within 22 school districts to adults and high school students.
The Dislocated Worker Unit website, www.dm.usda.gov/employ/cta.htm provides Career Management assistance, a future planning guide, job search resource, and Nationwide Mailing Addresses and Telephone Numbers.
Brown, D. (2007). Career information, career counseling, and career development (9th ed.). New York: Pearson. Pages 114-115