Careers, College & You
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.
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.