Category Archives: Employment

Knowing the Basics Pays Off

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Connor Fitzgerald, a student from from Lennon, Michigan, had a co-op as a machinist at Gleason Works in Rochester, New York. He had learned the basics and more in his Computer Intergrated Machining Technology classes and was able to apply his knowledge to the job right away. Connor was offered a full-time job at Gleason Works, which he accepted and he's on his way to a bright future. more

RIT named by U.S. Dept. of Energy to lead new Manufacturing USA Institute on clean energy

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition of leading universities and companies that will forge new clean energy initiatives deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive. More.

The value of networking during break

The value of networking during break

by John Macko

Director, NTID Center on Employment

While RIT is on break until January 23, there are some things your student can do during that time to plan for the future, and one of them is networking to find a co-op or permanent job. It’s a fact that one of the best ways to find jobs is networking, as statistics show between 75 and 80 percent of jobs are found that way. Many jobs are not advertised to the general public and may only be known by the people working at the company. These jobs, called the hidden job market, are often found through networking.

Students should take advantage of winter break to make contacts. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach out to folks at home about connections they may have that are relevant to your son’s or daughter’s interests. And building their network now will help in the job search after graduation.

Here are a few ways you could be helpful to your student and become part of his or her network:

  1. Network with people you know to provide some leads for your student. Your contacts can be at work, at the athletic club or gym, or even friends and neighbors—whomever you think might be a possible employment contact.
  2.  Encourage your son or daughter to contact at least two people over break.

For information about networking strategies for your student, visit http://www.ntid.rit.edu/nce/students/networking.

A Career in Biotechnology

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Michelle Mailhot, a lab science technology major from West Newfield, Maine, spent her summer on co-op at the Merck High-Throughput Screening Facility in North Wales, Pennsylvania. Her co-op, the LST program and all of the courses she has taken and the instrumentation skills she’s developed  will provide a strong foundation for her success in RIT’s College of Science.

Hundreds of students attend RIT/NTID’s annual job fair

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Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations met with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, on October 19, at RIT/NTID.

“Employers had the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Companies represented included Google, Yahoo, Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”

Check out the video from this year’s job fair.

Ways to Learn About Government Jobs

On Campus:  Good Ways to Learn About Government Jobs for Co-op and Full-time Work

by John Macko, Director, NTID Center on Employment

 

Workforce Recruitment Program

If your student needs to look for a summer co-op and wants to work for a government agency, one of the best ways is to apply for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).

WRP connects government agencies with college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are looking for work. To be eligible, your student needs to be a U.S. citizen. Your student can be in any major at any degree level. Each year a number of RIT/NTID students find co-ops and full-time jobs through WRP.

Representatives from WRP will be conducting interviews remotely by telecommunications in the NCE office October 27 – November 18. Students should contact their NCE employment advisor to start the application process. The deadline to complete and submit applications is October 14.

 

The STAR Program

For several years, RIT/NTID has been a participant in the Department of Defense (DOD) Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) Program. The NTID Center on Employment is the supervising department for this program, which allows NTID to hire a student to work part-time during the school year as a representative to help other students become more informed about the DOD and more aware of DOD’s various employment and scholarship opportunities.

This year’s representative is Kelly Jo Hilleshiem, a fourth-year student majoring in marketing with a concentration in public relations in RIT’s Saunders College of Business. Her job is to help students with their federal resumes; assist with navigating the federal job application system; and help search for scholarships, internships and job opportunities as well as provide information about other resources. Interested students can drop by the NTID Center on Employment Office in LBJ Hall, Building 60, Room 2806 to schedule an appointment with Kelly Jo.

RIT/NTID job fair will connect deaf students with employers across the country

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Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations will meet with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, 12:30–4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The event will be held in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus.

“Employers will have the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Interpreters will be available at each table, and in many cases, the company recruiters are NTID alumni. Companies include Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

NTID’s Center on Employment will also recognize companies who consistently hire deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. This year’s honorees are Solar Turbines based in San Diego, and Ohio Health Corporation based in Columbus, Ohio.

“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”

There are a few openings available for employers who want to participate. For more information, email Mary Ellen Tait or call 585-475-6426.

Enjoying a Challenge

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Benjamin Polstra from Noblesville, Indiana, completed a summer co-op at GEICO in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that turned into a fulltime job. Polstra, who will graduate in sping 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, worked as a GEICO summer intern.

Polstra was responsible for a significant information technology (IT) business project—bigger than any project he had ever worked on before, and to complete it, he had to learn different tools and concepts along the way. He used his information technology skills on individual assignments and team projects, attended meetings and gave presentations. He was able to reach out to and receive mentoring from  team members and members of the IT management team. By the end of the summer, Polstra felt he had become a better developer with the increased confidence that came from handling a project of that size. He also learned how an insurance company runs and how they practice customer service.

He says that taking courses that taught the fundamental and advanced level of object-oriented programming, such as Java or C#, was valuable. The courses he took that teach client and server programming were necessary as well. The software design, principles and patterns, organizational behavior and apps development practices courses all were greatly helpful in his summer responsibilities, and taking on a leadership role gave him valuable experience in how to work with a team. He also learned that no matter where you work, asking a lot of questions is a must-have skill.

Polstra believes his degree will open doors to many opportunities. The coursework associated with it has prepared the fundamental bedrock, which he can use to demonstrate his knowledge of the IT field, and to work confidently with new concepts and ideas. He says that GEICO is the manifestation of how he’s been preparing himself; it has been changing, abandoning old traditions and embracing new ideas. The company has expanded its IT department rapidly to enable their growth spurt. That’s how he sees himself—growing rapidly to become not only a better IT person, but a more accomplished software developer.

Polstra offers the following advice for other students. “Don’t just work hard; play with what you like to do. If you are majoring in photography, play around with a camera.If computer science is your major, play around with a computer. Share with your friends and find mentors who can help you grow. You shouldn’t be discouraged by a challenge. Just try hard, and when you are successful, you will end up enjoying your success a lot more. Don’t think about grades so much because you will already excel at what you do, if you enjoy whatever you are doing.”