Category Archives: Career Channel

Landing a Job in Engineering

Getting hired is hard. From finding the right position, to getting a call back, to acing the interview – each step presents its own challenge. There is so much advice out there, but who better to listen to than two senior level managers at San Diego companies?

Silvia De Dea from ASML and Janet Koenig from Cubic Transportation Systems sat down with Startup San Diego’s Neal Bloom to share their insights into getting hired, and growing your career. In addition to great technical skills, both agree communication is more important now than ever before. Koenig and De Dea go into detail about how you can show off your communication skills, even if you’re an introvert, by properly preparing for your interview. In this enlightening conversation, the pair also discusses how to advance your career, while staying open to new opportunities.

Watch Getting Hired: A Manager’s Perspective – Career Transitions in Engineering: Insights from the Field

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Careers in Business Analysis and Project Management

8232Simply stated, project management, or PM, is a process of organizing and managing resources that deliver a completed product, service, or result that is completed within time, cost, and quality constraints and meets or exceeds the needs and expectations of the customer. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The bad news is that less than 50% of all projects succeed.

The good news is that there’s never been a better time to become a project manager!

Smart businesses in all industries understand the value they can gain from project management, including lower costs, increased efficiency, higher customer satisfaction, and greater competitive advantages. In the coming years, organizations that want to sustain and leverage these gains will increase their advantages by embedding PM processes and developing PMOs in their organizations. These will all contribute to the increased need for Project Managers.

But before any project gets started, organizations need to determine problems, identify business needs and recommend viable solutions. This is where the role of the Business Analyst comes into play.

Watch Careers in Business Analysis and Project Management to learn about these dynamic fields from Project Management Institute (PMI) representatives. Discover the basic components of these disciplines, career paths, and the various certification opportunities.

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San Diego’s Talent Equation

8232Talent… it’s the key to staying competitive. That’s not just sage advice for some would-be performer auditioning for a plum role. It is a truism that applies to both employees and employers alike as they look to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The good news is that San Diego has talent in abundance. In its recent study “Talent: Where San Diego Stands,” the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, led by Mark Cafferty, found that the region added more than 72,000 degree holders in 2014 alone, which was more than any other similar metro area. In addition, San Diego ranked second in the growth of degree-holding millennials when compared to such peer metros as Austin, Denver, San Francisco and San Jose.

While that mass of talent is positive for the local economy, it also means that there is plenty of competition when it comes to landing a job.

Join Mark Cafferty and UC San Diego Extension’s Director of Research, Josh Shapiro as they detail what skills are most in demand for the fastest-growing careers both in San Diego and around the nation. Also, see how San Diego stacks up in the talent equation compared to other competitive cities and what that means for the economy and your career.

Watch San Diego’s Talent Equation with Mark Cafferty.

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New Pathways for a Great Healthcare Career

8232Not since 1965 has there been a more significant overhaul of the American healthcare system. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes known as Obamacare) comes a reshaping of the healthcare industry. As a result of these major changes, new opportunities emerge — opportunities to contribute in a meaningful field that is expanding quickly.

Watch You Don’t Have to Be a Doctor or Nurse to Have a Great Career in Healthcare to hear from industry experts and accomplished instructors who will help us understand the latest trends, identify the most promising fields, and pursue new career pathways.

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The Job Landscape Today and Tomorrow: The San Diego View

8232Most employers agree that the workforce of tomorrow will need a deep knowledge of computer science, IT, big data, math, and other STEM-related abilities, not just for science and tech jobs, but for all occupations.

Such skills are essential for San Diego’s booming biotech and life sciences industry (ranked third largest in the country), as well as other large employers in IT, manufacturing and health care.

Join San Diego Union Tribune’s Jonathan Horn as he moderates a panel of industry experts discussing what skills they need most – and learn about their strategies to actively equip students with necessary skills through tech fairs and afterschool enrichment programs.

Watch The Job Landscape Today and Tomorrow: The San Diego View.

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