Do Employers Need To Offer New Hire Training?

Last week Business Insider posed an interesting question – do employers need to offer new hire training?

While it’s fairly obvious that new hires will need some sort of onboarding as they begin their new careers, there’s no hard and fast rule as to how much training is required, and whether or not it should encompass all aspects of the employees position – including specialized training for their role – or just a high-level overview of the basic information they’ll need to get by on a day-to-day basis.

Employee Training

Morgan Norman, the CEO of WorkSimple, responded that “some sort of training program is essential for all companies. These programs will vary mainly on the type of organization and the resources they have to provide for training. Smaller organizations will no doubt have more personalized and less extensive programs, as they do not have corporate budgets to spend on training. However, it is still imperative that they develop a program that allows new hires the right direction and knowledge to become contributing team members.”

It’s entirely possible that your organization may decide that an entire division needs training on new software, technology, or processes, or perhaps they’re interested in providing just a few employees with specialized education that could lead towards certification or a degree. Whichever path your organization chooses, the Center for Technology and Industry (CTI) at New England Institute of Technology can help.

With CTI, your organization can customize a program with our instructors that will ensure your employees – whether they’re new hires or seasoned vets – are up-to-date on the latest technologies, techniques, and best practices for your specific organization and industry wide.

For more information on how CTI can help your company provide customized, hands-on training for your employees, please call us at (401) 739-5000.

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New England Tech Transportation Career Fair Was A Success!

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs were available to students and graduates who attended the annual Transportation Technology Career Fair.

28 employers representing the automotive/auto body, marine, and insurance industries were promoting part-time, full-time and internship opportunities for student and graduates.

New England Tech Transportation Career Fair

Representatives from Brewer Street Boatworks meet Marine Tech Students (L-R); Johnny Politis, Casey Cartwright, Jeremy DiSpagna, Brian Johnstone


Many students took advantage of the networking event, dressed up and introduced themselves to the recruiters. Some students and alumni were even able to obtained interview appointments on the spot. Arlington RV brought a beautiful 26’ Mercedes Benz RV to showcase, along with a large “Now Hiring!” banner.

Any students or graduates who were not able to attend the event can obtain a list of companies and contact names through the Career Services Office. 

Social Media Could Play A Risky Role In Job Search

In today’s employment market, social media plays a very important and sometimes dangerous (risky) role.

social media advice for studentsIt is imperative for job seekers to take a good look at their online images and how they portray themselves to potential employers.  Recruiters and hiring managers tell Career Services that some of the reasons why candidates do not get selected for an interview with the company – even though they were highly qualified – was that they had “Googled” the candidate and found questionable pictures and words on their wide-open Facebook page or Twitter Account.

Many candidates will never know that the reason they may have been looked over for a position or a promotion was due to something they had posted or a picture that is online for everyone to see.   Some simple words of advice: keep your online image squeaky- clean!

To read the entire article from The New York Times, click here!

New England Tech grad, Neil Teixeira, comes back to recruit for MediTech

NEIT Grad Returns as Job Recruiter

MEDITECH hires New England Tech grad Neil TeixeiraMedical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) is interested in hiring NEIT students and grads. Neil Teixeira, who graduated from New England Tech in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, recently visited our campus to interview applicants for full-time positions at the company. MEDITECH has a unique hiring philosophy, which Neil shares with Tech News readers, as well as his advice to students and grads looking to enter the world of Information Technology.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

There were several reasons. I was working in the Sales Department of an electric immersion heater company and also part-time at a drug store. I needed both jobs to pay the bills, and I knew that I wanted a career change that would provide more opportunity for growth.

 Since I was working full-time days, I needed to look for something during the evenings. I had always seen commercials for NEIT mentioning the 18 month degree programs and that was something definitely of interest to me. I made an appointment to get more information on what the school offered.

 After learning more about NEIT and knowing that I could have my associate degree in as little as 18 months and my bachelor degree in 36 months, I made my decision to attend.

How did you choose your program?

I had taken a couple of programming classes in high school and had also written some programs at a previous job where I had to do manual data entry. Writing those programs helped me streamline some processes and helped me get out of work on time. I was excited whenever I got the chance to write any programs, so I knew that programming was definitely something that I could be happy with as a career.

What did you do to start your career?

I enjoyed my job at the electric immersion heater company, but I knew it wasn’t going to be a career. I worked to complete the bachelor’s program and then began to look for something in the programming field.

 A couple of months before finishing the program, I put together my resume, posted it to the major job search websites, sent some out, and attended a few career fairs. While attending a career fair at NEIT, there were MEDITECH representatives on hand. Based upon my discussion with them, I knew this was definitely a company I wanted to apply to.

 Many companies wanted two or more years of programming experience which I didn’t have. MEDITECH not only had the benefits that I was looking for but was also a company that only promoted from within, so they offered training for all of their positions.

Tell us about your position

I started at MEDITECH in January, 2002, as an entry level Programmer/Analyst in the Implementation Division supporting the Emergency Department Management and Community Wide Scheduling applications.

 I was responsible for providing programming support to customers installing our software. I had to learn how a hospital functioned and quickly develop an understanding of how software was used to aid in patient care. After about a year, I picked up support of a couple of new products.

 I worked as a Programmer/Analyst until February, 2004, and was promoted to supervisor of the group. I started off with about five programmers. This role was exciting as it allowed me to not only continue programming but also allowed me to help train new staff members.

 I served as a Programming Supervisor until March, 2007, when I was promoted to manager. Here, I didn’t do as much programming, but I was still able to do what I loved—solving problems and working with people. I remained in that role until this September when I was promoted to senior manager with a staff of about 60 programmers. I get to work with not only my staff, but also our development group and a large number of customers. It’s always exciting.

What do you feel prepared you for your position?

I would have to say it was the programming classes that I had at NEIT. Although MEDITECH only hires for entry level positions and provides training, knowing and understanding programming concepts is one key factor that got me the position.

Any advice for graduates just beginning their job search?

They should think about what it is that would make them want to work somewhere long term. As cliché as it sounds, you only get one chance to make a first impression so make sure you read through and spell check your resume. As someone who hires for a technical position, I sometimes wonder how good someone will be as a programmer when they didn’t check for errors on their resume. Finally, dress appropriately. For males, a suit would be preferred but at least a dress shirt and tie.

What can students do to better prepare for jobs in this field?

Do well in school. Grades show potential employers your ability to learn. Approach any interviews with the expectation that you will be starting at the bottom and proving yourself as an employee.