Energy: The Employer of the Future

As the human population continues to balloon worldwide, there is one thing that continues to grow with it: the demand for energy.

That demand, coupled with the ever-shrinking availability of non-renewable energy resources, has driven the need for new workers in the energy efficiency sector. As a result, a recent U.S. Energy and Employment report predicts that 200,000 new energy jobs will become available in 2017–a 9% increase over last year.

Interested? Take a look at the details at Oilprice.com here.

 

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Energy Efficiency Jobs up 9%

Posted in Blog, Hiring Trends

U.S. Companies with Overseas Jobs

Want to work in a foreign country but lack the required work visa?  More and more U.S. companies are building branches overseas and helping their employees through the paperwork to send them abroad.  Figuring out which companies offer such a thing can be tedious work, however.

Luckily, online career advice website The Muse has put together a nice list of U.S. companies that commonly have postings to work internationally or travel frequently.  Here are just a few examples with links to their career pages:

HSBC

Google

Accenture

Bain

Texas Instruments

Uber

Check out their page here for more companies and further details.

 

Posted in Blog, Getting Hired

2017 Trends for the Workplace

Happy New Year!  Now that we’ve inaugurated a new President and experienced his first week in office, many are wondering what his potential changes will mean to the day-to-day lives of real people. Jena McGregor of The Washington Post has some theories about what trends will occur in the workplace during 2017.  Here are the highlights of her article:

1. More companies will eliminate the once-a-year pay raise. Having 2 or 3 windows per year when a company looks at the productivity of their employees can offer more value to the best performers and keep the focus on good work year-round.

2. Exotic perks will start tapering off, but some aimed at millennials will grow. Rather than offer specific perks like food or games that may only appeal to a particular few, employers may start offering small budgets for life improvements that are more personal and chosen by the employee.

3. As states make marijuana legal, companies will update their policies. More legality equals fewer screeners and tests about the topic when applying and more liberal policies company-wide, regardless of state.

4. Some employers will experiment with using location data to track workers. Additional invasion of privacy, or easy way to show your boss how much overtime you put in at the office? Either way, your phone or badge may be giving your employer extra information about your whereabouts.

5. The move away from performance review ratings could reverse. Those big companies who had abandoned employee ratings systems are finding their employees less than enthused. It seems that personal satisfaction for a high rating was deemed pretty valuable.

6. Even if the overtime rule dies, companies that gave raises to their employees will keep them. While the official legislation remains locked in a court battle, companies who had committed to the increases or made similar changes to employee salaries aren’t inclined to go back on their promises.

Check out the article online here for a lot more information.

Posted in Liberal Arts, Workplace Trends

The Case for Defying Your Parents and Choosing a Liberal Arts Major

In the age of helicopter parenting, it’s not surprising that new high school graduates are not only feeling the pressure of where to go to school, but what to study.

A recent Washington Post article by Steven Pearlstein outlines the dilemma: I want to study Ancient Greek Rhetoric, but my folks are demanding that their $80,000 investment see a healthy return. I guess I’m stuck with engineering.

As Pearlstein explains, perhaps it’s time to point out to parents what the Association of American Colleges and Universities found in their study: that “93 percent of employers agreed that a ‘demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a job candidate’s] undergraduate major’–…precisely the capacities that a liberal arts education is meant to develop.”

Check out the whole article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/09/02/meet-the-parents-who-wont-let-their-children-study-literature/?utm_term=.f9fc1c75c740

Posted in Higher Education, Liberal Arts

DESK OR NO DESK? That is the Question…

Whether you’re a number cruncher, a tree hugger, or something in between, you probably have some idea of how much time you want to sit at a desk. Here are a few options for both sides of the equation…

 

High Paying Desk Jobs                               High Paying Non-Desk Jobs

Posted in Liberal Arts, Workplace Trends

Top 150 Workplaces in the DC area

The Washington Post Magazine released its annual list of Top Workplaces for 2015, and Applied Predictive Technologies became the first company to make the list for a second consecutive year.

The magazine interviewed Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing Cathy Baker to find out what makes the company so favorable for employees.  Baker emphasized the strong relationship between management and lower ranking employees saying “We’re very responsive to employee feedback,” and “What’s so great about APT is the level of engagement we get from out employees.” Baker also noted that 70% of APT employees had come straight from college, indicating the company’s ability to provide entry-level work.  That’s great news for new graduates looking for their first job.  To check out APT’s current jobs opportunities, click here.

We’ve listed below the top 5 companies that made the list this year in different categories, and we’ve linked directly to their career pages so you can check out their immediate opportunities.  Good luck!

LARGE COMPANIES:

1.  Capital One

2.  Keller Williams Capital Properties

3.  2U

4.  Great American Restaurants

5.  Mount Vernon

MIDSIZE COMPANIES:

1.  Applied Predictive Technologies

2.  St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School

3.  MicroPact

4.  So Others Might Eat

5.  United Therapeutics

SMALL COMPANIES:

1.  Studio Bleu Dance Center

2.  Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis

3.  Social Tables

4.  TCG

5.  JRC Integrated Systems

Posted in Blog, Career Resources

2014 Graduates in Liberal Arts: Where Are They Now?

It’s hard to believe that the graduates of 2014 have been in the job marketplace for a whole year now.  So how have they fared so far?

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 60.5% of college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts found full-time jobs (42.4%) or entered graduate school (18.3%) within six months of graduation.

In comparing liberal arts majors to the rest of the national graduating class of 2014, NACE found that liberal arts majors were more likely to pursue a higher degree than the rest of the class (18.3% vs. 16.4%),  and liberal arts majors were less likely to find a full time job (42.2% vs. 55.4%).

Within the liberal arts disciplines, the preference for further education is more striking: Philosophy (27.8 percent), foreign languages (25.1 percent), history (24 percent), area studies (21.5 percent), liberal arts/general studies (21.2 percent), and English majors (19.8 percent) all exceeded the overall average handily.

Only visual and performing arts majors bucked the trend. In fact, just 12.3 percent took the path to an advanced degree, falling below the overall average.

Check out the survey results entitled “First Destinations for the College Class of 2014” here.

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Hiring Trends, Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Salary Report for New Grads

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) just released the results of their 2014 First-Destination Survey, and the findings for liberal arts graduates are interesting: the top average starting salary among Class of 2014 liberal arts graduates at the bachelor’s degree level are not English or foreign language graduates, but those with general, non-specific liberal arts degrees.

At $41,605, the average starting salary of liberal arts/general studies majors was the only one of the liberal arts graduates to top $40,000. The average starting salaries of the remaining liberal arts majors in this report were tightly clustered as just $4,000 separated the second-highest average salary ($37,557 for history majors) and the lowest average salary ($33,574 for English majors).

By comparison, the average starting salary among all Class of 2014 graduates was $48,127.

Check out the whole press release here.

 

Posted in Hiring Trends, Liberal Arts, Salaries

The Happiest Companies to Work for in 2015

Do you have a solid picture in your head of the ideal location to find a job and build a career? Some people want to stick close to roots and family, while others may require a certain geographic location in which to hone their trade. But if you’ve got some flexibility and sense of adventure, consider one of the companies that CareerBliss just proclaimed the Happiest Companies for 2015.

50 happiest Companies Small Badge

The list honors the top companies dedicated to creating happier work environments – as voted for by their own employees.  The top ten are listed here, along with a direct link to their current employment listings, but check out the whole list at the CareerBliss website.

1.  Johnson & Johnson (HQ: New Brunswick, NJ) – http://www.careers.jnj.com/

2.  Broadcom (HQ: Irvine, CA) – http://jobs.broadcom.com/

3.  Chevron (HQ: San Ramon, CA) – http://careers.chevron.com/

4.  Texas Instruments (HQ: Dallas, TX) – http://careers.ti.com/

5.  McAfee (HQ: Santa Clara, CA) – http://jobs.mcafee.com/

6.  Google (HQ: Mountain View, CA) – https://www.google.com/intl/en/about/careers/

7.  Intuit (HQ: Mountain View, CA) – http://careers.intuit.com/

8.  Adobe (HQ: San Jose, CA) – https://www.adobe.com/careers.html

9.  Amgen (HQ: Newbury Park, CA) – http://careers.amgen.com/en/job-search/

10.  SAP (HQ: Walldorf, Germany) – http://www.sap.com/careers/index.html

 

 

Posted in Blog, Liberal Arts

Hot Jobs for 2015

It’s almost Valentine’s Day already–can you believe it? Where did January go? While you’re digging out from the gargantuan snowbanks in the Northeast, or swimming through the floods of the West Coast, now’s a good time to consider what the rest of this new year can bring.

If you’re looking for a new job, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International recently released an interesting article outlining the 18 Hottest Jobs for 2015, based solely on supply vs. demand. Here’s a look at what they came up with for the most in-demand jobs for candidates with college degrees.  Check out the full article to see all of the jobs and to take a quiz to see if you’re ready for a career change.

 

Occupations that require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires

Occupation Average monthly unique job postings Average monthly hires Gap between postings and hires Job growth 2010 – 2014 Total 2014

employment

Median hourly earnings
Marketing executive 34,613 11,617 22,996 10% 191,872 $57.42
Software developer, applications 52,700 31,616 21,084 15% 684,614 $44.66
Registered nurse 122,922 103,804 19,118 5% 2,729,647 $32.51
Industrial engineer 26,031 7,880 18,151 9% 235,817 $38.96
Network and computer system administrator 35,788 18,734 17,054 7% 378,638 $35.84
Web developer 30,108 14,616 15,492 17% 151,081 $28.02
Medical and health services manager 27,696 12,626 15,070 6% 317,314 $43.61
Physical therapist 24,425 10,880 13,545 10% 211,296 $38.63
Speech-language pathologist 15,113 7,112 8,001 5% 133,383 $34.00
Sales manager 28,589 22,280 6,309 8% 376,238 $51.98
Posted in Blog, Getting Hired, Hiring Trends, Liberal Arts