College Grads With Work-Ready Skills Are In Demand

College grads are in demand. In fact, the percentage of employers in the United States that plan to hire new college grads is at a 10-year high, according to a new national survey. One primary reason is that recent college grads possess both the knowledge and skills that many older workers do not, and have the appropriate “can do” attitude that employers are seeking.

Employers are most attracted to technological expertise. Today’s college graduates were raised in a time of rapid technological change – and those who sharpened those skills with a technical degree are even more attractive.

“…half of these hiring companies plan to offer starting annual salaries of $50,000 or more.”

The survey was commissioned by the employment services company CareerBuilder. One major result is that 74 percent of employers in the U.S. plan to hire recent college grads in 2017, as compared to 67 percent just one year ago. The finds also revealed that about half of these hiring companies plan to offer starting annual salaries of $50,000 or more.

Some of the most in-demand graduates are those with degrees in the fields of engineering, technology, IT, business management and media studies – all majors that New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) offers. According to a report from the staffing company iCIMS, 61 percent of companies plan to hire graduates from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Those with those degrees are favored by 55 percent of hiring companies, and those with degrees in arts, communication and media are sought after by 48 percent of U.S. companies.

Participating companies also reported that they are specifically looking for graduates who are “work ready” – those with the knowledge and hands-on skills who can hit the ground running – which is the foundation of NEIT’s educational approach.

“Graduates of our technical degree programs in engineering, communications and IT are some of the most sought after candidates in today’s job market,” says Patricia Blakemore, Director of Career Services at New England Institute of Technology. “The workforce is aging and the skilled talent to fill these jobs is scarce. This next generation of college graduates coming out of technical degree programs is going to experience a very robust job market – we have been seeing signs of this for the past 2-3 years.”

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News from Career Services: March Recap

March proved to be a great month for Career Services! A total of 42 students and graduates let us know that they accepted job offers while over 290 job leads came through the office from many different companies.

Big News! New Jobs!

  • Electrical Apprentice with RELCO/Reilly Electrical Contractors, S. Easton, MA (ELY)
  • Plumbing Apprentice with National Refrigeration, Warwick, RI (PLBH)
  • ROC Support Technician with CVS, Cumberland, RI (ITN)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant with Elite Physical Therapy, Warwick, RI (PTA)
  • Paid Internship with Dell Secure Works, Providence, RI (CYBT) Student will be doing Cyber Security work and feels that they will offer him a full-time paid roll from this internship.
  • Software Developer with IGT (formerly GTECH), Providence, RI (GDS) – The job features excellent pay and benefits including financial support in obtaining a Master’s degree.
  • Technician hired by Balise, Warwick, RI (AUT)
  • Design Assistant for Inspired Interiors, Warren, RI (IDB)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant with Carelink (PTA)
  • Networking Internship with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, RI (ITN)
  • IT Analyst with Westerly Credit Union, Westerly, RI (ITN)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant with a Skilled Nursing Facility in Swansea, MA (PTA)
  • 3 WEL grads start new positions in March:
    • Electric Boat, N. Kingstown, RI hired a grad as a Production Welder
    • RI Engine Company, Narragansett, RI hired a student after she completed her internship.
    • Ocean State Technical Services, Providence, RI hired a student after he completed his internship.
  • Camera Operator for the Pawtucket Red Sox (DMP March 2017 grad!)
  • Architectural Draftsman at William Starck Architects, Fall River, MA (ABTB)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant at Tender Touch Rehab (PTA)
  • Medical Lab Tech at Rhode Island Blood Center, Providence, RI (MLT)
  • Technician at Balise Honda of West Warwick, RI (AAHP)
  • Software Engineer at PTC Solutions, Needham, MA (MSIT)
  • Apprentice at DiRocco Plumbing Services, Johnston, RI (PLBH)
  • Assistant Interior Designer at CID Design Group, Naples, FL (IDB)
  • Mechanical Engineer at Tyco, Canton, MA (MCTB)
  • Electrical Apprentice for the Multistate Electric, Providence, RI (ELY)
  • Drafter/Designer for Anvil International, N. Kingstown, RI (MCTB)
  • Quality Engineer with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, N. Kingstown, RI (MCTB)
  • Civil Engineering Tech hired by Joe Caseli Engineering, Warwick, RI (CET)
  • Design Assistant with Cypress Design Co, East Providence, RI (IDB)
  • Access Coordinator at West Boylston Public Access TV, West Boylston, MA (DMPB)
  • Apprentice Plumber hired by DiRocco Plumbing Service, Johnston, RI (PLBH)
  • Controls &Compliance Business Analyst with Stanley Black and Decker, New London, CT (CYBT)
  • Software and Solutions Developer with South State, Inc. in his home state of NJ (ITS). He had multiple job offers before deciding on this role.

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • Animal Health Center in Exeter, RI posted a role for a Vet Tech
  • Veterinary Hospital in Gloucester, MA posted a job for a Vet Tech. They have already hired one NEIT grad, and they are hoping to hire another!
  • The National Association of Veterinary Techs in America posted 10 Vet Tech roles throughout the US including one with Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, RI.
  • Hospital network in Providence, RI posted a role for a Vet Tech to work in medical research
  • Veterinary Hospitals of the US have multiple job openings across the US for Vet Techs

AUTOMOTIVE and MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Salisbury, MA – Marine Electronics Installer, Yard Help & Summer Help
  • Cranston, RI – Furnace/Mechanical Operators
  • Norton, MA – Sales & Service Technician
  • New London, CT is seeking 2 Automotive Technicians
  •  Narragansett, RI is recruiting for a General Maintenance Technician (MT/AUT)
  •  Cranston, RI – Technicians
  • Westerly, RI – Manager of Lube Tech and Entry Level Lube Technicians
  • North Dighton, MA – Auto Damage Auction Inspectors
  • Allen Park, Michigan – Technical Service Engineer
  • Green Bay, WI marina is seeking candidates willing to relocate for a Marine Technician role
  • Hudson, MA – Boat Service Technician
  • East Dennis, MA – Automotive Technician

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES

  • Pembroke, MA – Field Service Representative. The company currently has another ESTA grad who has been there for 3 years.
  • Mashantucket, CT – Engineer for Telecom System (ESTA & ELTB)
  • Shirley, MA – Industrial Electrician (ELY)
  • Norwich, CT – Apprentices (ELY)
  • The company in Newton, NH has 3 positions for ELT, ELY & MCT graduates:
    • Electrical Controls Engineer / Electrical Controls Engineer / Mechanical Engineer
  • Warwick, RI – paid Engineering Technician Intern position for current MCT students.
  • East Greenwich, RI – Summer Analog Design Engineering Intern for ELTB & ESTA students.
  • Smithfield, RI – Entry-Level Draftsperson position.
  • Whitensville, MA – Depot Service Engineer from ESTA.
  • East Greenwich, RI – Engineering Technician position for ESTA grads.
  • Client in W. Warwick seeking an experienced Quality Engineer from our MCT alumni – position pay scale is $65-75K!
  • Southborough, MA – Process Automation Engineer candidates from our Electrical Engineering Technology program – $50-70k annual salary.
  • Braintree, MA – Electrical/Audio Video Technician (ELY/EST) to perform installations.
  • South Lee, MA – Process Control Technician candidate (EST/ELT) – they currently have an EST grad who is completing his ELT-BS degree here at NEIT!
  • Mansfield, MA (moving to Warwick, RI facility) – looking for a Solidworks Designer (owner is am alum from 1987!) (MCT)
  • Newton, NH – Manufacturing Engineering candidates from MCT
  • East Lyme, CT – MCT candidates for a Laser Operator/Technician
  • Quality Engineer, Putnam, CT – MCT ($52k – offering tuition reimbursement)
  • Electrical Controls Engineer, Framingham, MA – ELTB (mid $60k’s)
  • Mechanical Engineer, Cranston, RI – MCTB
  • Junior Applications Engineer, Westerly, RI – ELTB ($45k)
  • Building Controls Engineer, Boston market – ELTB
  • Electrical Project Manager, Providence, RI – ELTB / ELY (up to $80k for the right candidate)

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • Cleveland, OH – Digital Content Producer, Assignment Editor, Account Executive
  • Network organization in RI is looking for a Videographer to film a conference – great freelance opportunity for students!
  • Providence RI – Multiplatform Journalist and a Producer
  • Chicopee, MA – Promotion Producer/Editor
  • Chicopee, MA – Master Control Operator
  • NY, NY company looking for Production Assistants in Providence, RI
  • Fall River, MA – 2-part time Staff Video Production Associates
  • Providence, RI – 2 Media Production Interns
  • Fall River, MA – Digital Media Producer/Videographer
  • New Bedford, MA – Editor and Videographer
  • Kingston, RI – IT Streaming Technician

REFRIGERATION/AC & HEATING and PLUMBING & HEATING

  • 3 different Warwick, RI companies – Apprentices
  • Groton, CT – Refrigeration/HVAC Technician
  • New Haven, CT – Facility Maintenance Supervisor
  • Norton, MA – Transport Refrigeration Tech
  • Nationwide – Leadership Training for Facility Management
  • Burlington, MA posted an opening for a HVAC Mechanic
  • Pawtucket, RI has a position for a Commercial Appliance Technician
  • Boston, MA – Service Technician/Refrigeration
  • Providence, RI – Maintenance Supervisor
  • Cumberland, RI – Maintenance Technician
  • Providence, RI – Stationary Engineer candidates from RACH

WELDING ENGINEERING

  • New Bedford, MA – Welders and Metal Fabricators

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, and INTERIOR DESIGN

  • Pawtucket, RI – Site Manager (ABT)
  • Mansfield, MA – Drafter
  • East Providence, RI company is seeking students for a part time Design Assistant (ID)
  • Structural Steel Detailer (ABT) for a company in Nashua, NH.
  • Attleboro, MA – HVAC Designer
  • Warwick, RI & Uxbridge, MA – Design Assistants
  • Providence, RI – looking for 3 Civil Engineering positions and an Architectural Drafter
  • Warwick, RI – Design Assistant – Paid Intern
  • Wellesley, MA – Structural Drafter
  • Newington, CT – Transportation Engineer Trainee
  • Woburn, MA – Construction Superintendent
  • Hopedale, MA – Drafter
  • Cranston, RI – Drafting Assistant

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY and GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Mashantucket, CT company posted a role for a Technical Field Services Representative (ITN, CYBT)
  • Woonsocket, RI company posted a role for Help Desk Support (ITN, CYBT)
  • A Regional School District posted a paid IT internship – ITN, CYBT, ITS, GDS GMW
  • Foxboro, MA company posted 2 jobs: Business Intelligence Programmer and Business Intelligence Data Warehouse Developer – ITS, GDS, MSIT
  • Providence, RI company has posted a role for a Networks and Communication Administrator that features excellent pay and benefits – ITN, CYBT, MSIT
  • A store in the Providence Place Mall reached out with a part time role for a Service Specialist that might work well for students in any of the IT
  • East Greenwich, RI – IT Specialist – ITN, CYBT, MSIT
  • West Warwick, RI – paid Cyber Security Intern.
  • ITS graduate posted a role with his company in Middletown, RI, for a Software Engineer – the company offers excellent benefits and opportunities for growth. – ITS, GDS, MSIT
  • Groton, CT – Production Support Engineer from our ITNB program
  • Johnston, RI – entry-level role for a Network Analyst – ITN, CYBT
  • Hopkinton and Franklin, MA company posted multiple well-paid Internships and Co-Ops.
  • West Warwick, RI company posted a role for a long term part-time paid IT Intern

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Avon, MA – Graphic Designer
  • Cranston, RI company posted a role for a Graphic Designer (GMW)
  • Warwick, RI posted a role for a UI/UX Designer
  • Cranston, RI – part-time paid role for a Marketing candidate with strong Adobe Photoshop – Great for a student in GMW
  • North Kingstown, RI company posted multiple jobs for our GMW grads:
    • Junior Web Developer
    • Mid-level Web Developer
    • Senor Web Developer
    • Front End Developer – Web Designer
  • Warwick, RI – Paid Marketing Internship
  • A local chapter of a national non-profit that provides pet visits to children in hospitals is seeking a GMW student to help with their website.

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Health Center, in Charlestown, RI posted 2 jobs for Medical Assistants (MAA)
  • Hospital in MA contacted NEIT looking for student or grad from Respiratory Therapist. The job that they have posted is for an anesthesia tech – but they said that our RC students and grads have excellent training that training relates to their job posting. – RC
  • Cumberland, RI – Patient Support Specialist. – MAA, CMA
  • Throughout the area, there is a huge need for Medical Assistants and Medical Office Staff.
  • Lincoln, RI – 2 Medical Assistants. They would have both clinical and office responsibilities. – MAA
  • Armistice Urgent Care in Pawtucket, RI posted a part time role for a Medical AssistantMAA
  • Medical Center in Burlington, MA:
    • Over 40 jobs open for Medical Assistants
    • Nursing Assistants
  • Physical Therapy Clinic in Boston, MA posted a role for a Full-time PTA (PTA)
  • PTA role  in North Attleboro, MA
  • Warwick, RI – a role for a Medical Office Support candidate.  They are hoping to hire someone from the Medical Assistant & Administration program.
  • Warwick, RI – a role for a Reconciliation Specialist that is another good role for a grad from MAA.
  • Milford, MA – seeking a few Surgical Technologists for various shifts (ST)
  • Providence, RI – posted for a per diem Respiratory Therapist – RC
  • Johnston, RI – posted a role for a full-time Respiratory Therapist – RC

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • North Kingstown, RI – Sales Associate
  • Charlestown, RI – Administrative Assistant
  • Warwick, RI is seeking students for a part-time Administrative Intern
  • Warwick, RI posted a Marketing/Research Assistant role for graduates
  • A US federal agency, with a division in Rhode Island, is looking for Recruiting Manager, Census Field Manager, Administrative Manager, Clerks, Census Takers, Field Supervisor and Office Operations
  • Marlborough, MA – Customer Service/Tech Support
  • Pawtucket, RI – Ticket Operations paid Internship and a Part-Time Finance Assistant
  • Providence, RI – Business Intern

 CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  • Scituate, RI recruiting Police Officers

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20th Annual New England Tech TechXpo a Success!

The Career Services Office at NEIT hosted it’s 20th annual TechXpo Career Fair on the East Greenwich Campus on Thursday, March 9th. The well-attended event attracted over 60 employers from the region who were impressed by the level of quality of both current students and alumni. Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors, who is an NEIT alumnus from ’00, commented that,

“The weakest candidate I saw here today was better than the best candidate I’ve seen at other career fairs.”

Many of the employers in attendance were NEIT alumni, with about 25 in total returning to the college to represent their respective companies. A few representatives even made a point to stay after the event to visit with instructors they had while they were in school.

Students and alumni who were able to speak with employers expressed the importance of this event and how they felt it prepared them for employment. In addition to learning more about the companies themselves, attendees also learned about types positions in their field they might not have thought of. One IT student explained,

“Getting to know what companies are looking for is more than just helpful, it’s essential.”

The TechXpo is the biggest career fair that the Career Services Office hosts, and one of several technology-tailored career fairs held annually. These events are only open to NEIT students and alumni, and are not open to the public. NEIT would like to thank the students and staff who volunteered and helped to make this another great event! For a list of companies who attended the event, and their contact information, please visit the Career Services Office in S104.

Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors (right) speaks with a potential candidate.

(L to R): James Sloan, ’08 ELTB grad, and David Balls, ’14 ESTA grad

Student volunteers from Business Management with Business instructor, Hank Johnson

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