Archive for January, 2016

Top 5 STEM Cities for Employment

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=Atlanta&oq=Atlanta&gs_l=img.3..0l10.1870.2693.0.2908.7.7.0.0.0.0.107.683.5j2.7.0....0...1.1.64.img..0.7.675.v90D3VBe3BY#imgrc=0n329v_p0fYLlM%3AThe start of 2016 is a new year for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Industries. It is suggested that by 2020 there will be a 22% growth for the technology field alone. With growth comes more job opportunities. Where are all of these open positions going to be? Check out the top 5 cities for Employment when looking for STEM positions.

The fifth runner up is Houston. Houston is one of the most populated cities in America and was nominated “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes in 2006. On top of this, Houston also has 23 Fortune 500 companies located within the city. This provides you with a plethora of open positions ranging from entry level STEM work – to jobs that you can only apply to if you are the best of the best.

Number four – Boston. Boston makes it in the top 5 cities to live in for STEM positions during 2016 because of its average wage, and more importantly, because of its education and job opportunities. Boston has over 23% of STEM positions available in the job market and they have the 5th highest STEM wages. The average STEM employee makes around $84,000 income in Boston. On top of all of the job opportunities that Boston provides, they also have two amazing technology schools – Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Right in the middle is Washington, VA. Washington made it into the top 5 because of its second highest percentage of jobs that require Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Degrees and Certifications. Over 14% of all jobs in D.C. are STEM related and the average 2011 STEM wage was around $89,000 a year.

The 1st runner up – Atlanta, GA. From 2011 to 2013, technology jobs available in Atlanta grew 11%. On top of this growth, an average Software Engineer makes around $93,000 a year. Atlanta has many growth opportunities and some of the top technology companies that are located all within the perimeter. What makes them stand out even more? The Georgia Institute of Technology, which has been ranked #1 in the nation for their Tech’s Industrial Engineering program for over two decades.

Finally, number one is San Jose, California. San Jose is the best city to look for STEM related employment companies that lay in Silicon Valley. Companies such as Google, Inc., Intel Corp., and Cisco Systems are based in the area providing a vast amount of job opportunities for the STEM Industry. The average wage of a STEM worker with a Bachelor’s Degree is $115,743, putting San Jose at #1.

Do you live in one of these Top 5 STEM Cities? Tell us about your experience in the workforce.

 

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How-to Stay Connected With Your Company and Colleagues in the Technology Age

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=remoting+in&oq=remoting+in&gs_l=img.3..0i24l10.6165.8394.0.8689.11.11.0.0.0.0.133.1104.8j3.11.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.11.1094.0hSqh8-B7XY#safe=active&tbm=isch&q=telecommuting&imgrc=2OqGvEqcdFdhnM%3ASince 2005, the amount of people who now remote in to work has increased by 60%. Over 2 million people are able to work flexible schedules and choose whether or not they want to go into the office five days a week. This increase is due to more companies allowing flexible schedules. How could they not? Employees are 20% more productive when performing creative tasks at home and most of them work more than 40 hours a week. Just because they aren’t physically in the office, doesn’t mean the work isn’t being completed, in fact, it’s the opposite.

There are a few obstacles to overcome if you work from home as it can be easy to forget that there are actually faces behind the computer screen. How can our team members get to know us and create professional relationships – when we don’t actually meet face-to-face? Below are a few suggestions that can help you stay connected with your team in the technology age.

It can be easy to misinterpret emails and Instant Messages. Sometimes, emails can seem a little unclear and may not be detailed. Utilize programs such as Skype for Business to help communicate effectively with group members. Skype offers both verbal and written forms of communication. You can set up conference calls, Instant Message, and update your work status (available or not) all with Skype. Even if you are just changing your availability status, you will be communicating with your team.

Know WHAT you are trying to get accomplished and stay on track. It can be easy to lose track of time when you are devoted to what you are doing and work alone. It helps to set time limits on projects for both yourself (and team members) when working remotely. By track your own productivity, you can ensure you are keeping up with the team and progressing forward on the whole project. Calling in and giving a daily progress report with your boss could also help. It lets them know what you have gotten done and you can communicate any progress or setbacks that you have encountered.

A great visual resource to use when you’re out of the office is Screen Share. It can be difficult describing a problem, situation, wordy paragraph, etc. over the phone. Screen Share can help you communicate with your team visually by giving you the ability to share your screen with others. Sometimes, visual collaboration is the only way to solve a problem and this resource can help you stay connected.

Stay available. Whether you finish your work early for the day or if you worked till 9:00 at night, keep up with your emails and your phone calls. You may have completed your task at hand, but that doesn’t mean the day is done. Checking your email and answering your phone will help you stay connected to not only your team but your company as well.

Lastly, check out your company’s social media. It’s a great way to engage with the brand and learn about what other projects or initiatives are happening within your organization and not just your team. Do you have suggestions on how to stay connected to your colleagues or company when you work remotely?

 

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