Careers, College & You
Piedmont Technical College is pleased to introduce Career Coach, a tool designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Powered by ZIP code-level labor-market data** and real-time job postings from Indeed.com, Career Coach was designed to be a self-guided resource for jobseekers that requires zero assistance to navigate.
The manufacturing sector has been making a big comeback in Upstate South Carolina, and one of the skillsets in the highest demand is machining and CNC programming. At the moment, there are more jobs out there than there are qualified people to fill them. In fact, the demand for machinists is at an all-time high: some companies are even recruiting nationally for local positions.
A recent report by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that during the Great Recession, unemployed people spent about half of their lost work hours on sleep and leisure activities. The amount they dedicated to finding a job? About one percent.
When Bondex, Inc. in Trenton, S.C. started planning for an expansion, Brad Willingham knew they'd need assistance in hiring a qualified workforce. Finding and selecting new hires is critical to the success of a new or existing company. Willingham turned to Piedmont Technical College and readySC to help his company develop a customized training package designed to pre-screen and select a group of new hires with the right skills to succeed at Bondex.
You may not have been valedictorian of your graduating class, but you could still use some help paying for college, right? Don’t worry - you’re definitely not alone! There are plenty of options available when it comes to financial aid, and they aren’t all about your high school GPA.
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. Some great postings have gone up this month in fields like engineering, law enforcement, human resources, health care, information technology and more.
Despite the slow recovery in the job market, there are some bright spots. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the top 50 fastest-growing careers includes everything from biomedical engineers to tree trimmers.
ACT WorkKeys is a skills assessment that helps employers select and hire a skilled workforce. In short, it's a series of tests that measure foundational and soft skills. Through profiling the skills necessary for success in specific jobs, WorkKeys can also provide employers assistance with employee selection and development.
High school biology teaches us about many of the different systems of the body. Neurology has to do with the brain; cardiology is about the heart; and respiratory deals with the lungs. So we know that a neurologist is a medical professional for the brain and a cardiologist specializes in the heart. But, is there a “respiratologist”?
It feels more important than ever in this competitive market to do everything right in your job search. But you may want to rethink some of the rules you thought you knew. If you have been using the following conventions to guide your search, experts say it’s time to refine your approach.