New Year, New Career: How DES and ARIZONA@WORK Can Help You Thrive in 2024 January 12, 2024

The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity to see how we can maximize our potential to take full advantage of the months ahead to improve ourselves and do more for our families. The tradition of New Year’s resolutions is a testament to our hope and optimism. While some may resolve to improve their health or take on new hobbies, others may be compelled to shift the direction of their lives and, more specifically, their careers. Whether you are looking to launch your career forward or enter into a new field, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and ARIZONA@WORK are here to help. Perhaps you’ll find that your passion is to join the DES team and help others through one of our open positions!

Opportunity Abounds

In Governor Katie Hobbs’ 2024 State of the State Address, she shared that “more Arizonans are employed than at any point in our state’s history.”

“This milestone is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our entrepreneurs and innovators, our community colleges, universities, tradespeople, and of so many who recognize the promise of Arizona.”

The Governor also spoke about key initiatives the State launched last year to develop our economy, support emerging industries, and offer opportunities to Arizona’s workforce, including:

These are all major developments that showcase how the State of Arizona is committed to the development and prosperity of our economy and the workforce that supports it. Be on the lookout for more information about these opportunities and how you can participate!

Other Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities

If you aren’t called to any of the industries above, there are plenty of additional opportunities in almost every sector through DES registered apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship programs are a great opportunity because you don’t need to invest your money into your education now in hopes of a higher salary later. Instead, apprentices are employed and paid while you learn the necessary skills to become fully certified in your chosen vocation. The training is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction and practical, on-the-job training. If you’re looking to develop your skills outside of the commitment of an apprenticeship program, ARIZONA@WORK has a multitude of workforce training opportunities available.

Boost Your Career through Other Workforce Services

If you’re ready now to enter into a new job, ARIZONA@WORK can help get you there. Our workforce specialists can guide you through the process of searching for job openings, providing specialized employment services for veterans and job seekers with disabilities, and much more. They can even help you learn about Arizona’s workforce trends, the Arizona labor market, job availability and earning potential–all critical information for you to make an informed decision for the direction of your career.

Once you’ve taken the first step and identified a job opportunity in which you’re interested, DES workforce specialists can help you develop and refine your resume to make a great first impression. They can also help build upon your interviewing skills so you can best demonstrate your knowledge and expertise. ARIZONA@WORK hosts employment readiness and resume workshops to serve as resources to help you embark on a new career path with your best foot forward.

A Thriving Arizona

DES is largely known for the administration of benefits programs like Nutrition Assistance and Unemployment Insurance, as these are crucial programs for families struggling to meet their basic needs. However, a large part of what we do is help Arizonans develop their skills, find their place in the workforce, and seize the opportunity to not only succeed, but thrive. We also support Arizona employers by developing the workforce and connecting them with the right talent so their businesses can flourish. Learn more about all the workforce services DES and ARIZONA@WORK have to offer to help continue to foster A Thriving Arizona for all.

Angie Rodgers