Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work (Global Workplace Analytics).
Remote work offers a plethora of job opportunities that aren’t otherwise available in our area. There are three categories of opportunity: assistance, technical, and professional. Assistance includes positions in customer service and virtual assisting, while technical positions require advanced computer skills, specifically coding ability. And, professional opportunities include everything from writing to accounting and teaching to nursing.
Stafford Eco Devo has partnered with FlexJobs to provide interested Stafford County residents with a year member to their online job board that lists thousands of vetted remote work opportunities. We can also arrange for residents to receive career coaching with one of their trained professionals.
Having the right skills, access to up-to-date technology, and a conducive workspace are essential for entering the remote job market. If you are interested in working remotely and want to take advantage of this opportunity for a free FlexJobs membership, then please fill out our Remote Work Assessment:
Interested in remote work, but not sure you have the right skills? Take our Remote Work Assessment, so we can connect you to the appropriate training(s). We understand that not everyone has the skills or the resources to start working remotely.
In terms of digital literacy skills, we are partnering with the Goodwill Industries of Kansas’ Learn IT Mobile Lab. The mobile lab will make it’s first visit to St. John on Thursday, September 12. We will have 3 different workshops that day, each lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
For people who have never worked remotely, we recommend the Master of Remote Work Certificate course offered through Utah State University Extension’s Rural Online Initiative. It is a 4-week course with weekly one-hour live video conference class. Those sessions are on Thursdays and you must attend either at 2pm EST or 7pm EST. Additionally, there is 6-9 hours of homework between classes. The cost of the course is $199. Participants would have to pay $25 and Economic Development will cover the remaining $174*. The next course runs Sept. 5-26, if you are interested you will need to stop by 311 Broadway by Thursday, August 29 to fill out Utah State University's application. *If you do not complete the Master of Remote Work Certificate, Stafford County Economic Development will bill you for the $174.
Stafford Eco Devo is continuing to research and develop programming to better assist local residents who want to enter the remote job market.
Workspace 311: Coworking Space and Private Offices
Having a distraction-free workspace is essential if you want to be successful at working remotely. Not everyone's home provides a conducive environment: pets, children, chores, and non-working adults can all get in the way of getting work done. Additionally, working remotely can feel isolating.
A private office or workstation at Workspace 311 might be a good fit for you. Located at 311 North Broadway Street in St. John, Workspace 311 has a coworking space, private offices, and a conference room available for use. We offer a number of membership options and amenities.
If you are interested in a membership to Workspace 311, click here.
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