Careers, College & You
What do students like most about online courses? The overwhelming majority agree that it’s convenience that makes online courses attractive. The ability to study at a time and place of their choosing, to fit school into busy and changing personal schedules—these are the reasons people study online.
What began as a Toyota Production System initiative has now become a widespread principle that workplaces of all kinds across the world have embraced. Simply put, Lean is a systematic method for doing more with less—getting more value out of the time spent on a task and reducing waste. Implemented correctly, with institution-wide buy-in, Lean has the power to transform an organization.
At one point or another, most people have felt a little lost when it comes to which career direction would be a good fit for them. And there are so many jobs out there that it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you're just starting out, or you've gone through a series of jobs that have been less than satisfying, the good news is that there are tools to help you identify the kinds of careers you should explore.
A mere 10 percent of job hunters will find a job online. That fact is sad but true. Yet online job hunting seems so promising. Just scroll through the hundreds of jobs on huge sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder or Indeed, choose a few listings that look like a good match, send off a nice resume and cover letter–and wait.
Although the general public is more familiar with doctors and nurses, anyone who’s had a serious hospital visit or surgery has probably had contact with a respiratory therapist at some point. These respiratory experts are important members of the health care team, and are involved in saving and improving the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis.
Changing careers in today’s economy can often mean returning to college to gain new skills to prepare for the evolving marketplace. Because of their close connection with employers, and their focus on providing training for the skills that businesses are looking for, technical colleges are often the first place career changers turn for assistance. Although thinking about returning to school can be intimidating for some, it's important for adult students to know that they'll be in good company.
Jobs at a Glance is a service for Piedmont Technical College students nearing graduation, alumni and the community that provides information about local and regional job opportunities. This month's postings include positions for CNC programmers, information technology professionals, 3D Drafters and more. Check the Jobs at a Glance page regularly: new jobs are posted every week.
CNC programming and machining are two of the skill sets in the highest demand in the quickly expanding advanced manufacturing sector in South Carolina. In fact, employers need more machinists than they can find. Some expanding companies are even recruiting nationally for local positions.
In this month's Facts & Finds: although the cost of a college education has been increasing, data shows that pursuing an education still pays off in earnings after graduation. For those headed toward a four year degree, research shows that almost half of the students across the U.S. who recently received a four-year degree had earned credit from a two-year college along the way.
You wake up every day to return to the same job you have been dragging yourself to for the past 10 years. However, you don’t see a way out. More sitting at a computer crunching numbers you don’t care about; or performing mind-numbing data entry; or performing work that, let’s face it, was fine 10 years ago, but is starting to wear on you physically now.