How do we provide incoming generations of young professionals with the hands-on experience that companies so badly desire? The answer is short and sweet: internships. Internships are great opportunities for younger generations to gain the experience they need so badly and the real-world exposure required to function professionally.
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As technology continues to evolve from traditional ‘turn-the-crank’ engineering to total autonomy, the gap in experience and desired skill level seems to widen each day. Today, organizations are seeking engineers with 5+ years of experience, when in reality, the technology companies want the engineers to work on is only now becoming a standard in engineering processes and workflows. How does our industry overcome this gap in experience? What can companies do to communicate this gap to potential employees?
Career enhancement is not always easy to achieve. When we talk about career enhancement it doesn’t always entail moving to a better position, but instead, it encompasses expanding your skill set, distinguishing yourself from others, and getting more involved where you see fit. Some people aim to move upward in a company, advancing to every new opportunity they can find. While others who, instead of moving upward, just want to enhance themselves in order to excel in the position they currently have.
The first two blogs in this 3-part series were all about investing in yourself and understanding how to research a company before you got an interview. Now, it’s all about making sure the actual position you applied for, is really the position you want. Follow along in the third part of this series to understand why finding the right position is just as important as finding the right company.
In the first blog series - Investing in Yourself and in Your Resume - we discussed how to prepare for an interview by investing in yourself. We learned that resume preparation is essential to catching the eye of a recruiter or potential employer. Understanding what you want in the future, and where you want to be is also crucial. By understanding where you want to be in five or ten years, you will be able to frame out how your skills can help an organization grow. In part 2 of the blog series, we dig a little deeper to help job seekers understand the critical elements during a job search.
Seeking a job in any industry can be challenging, but one of the most challenging industries to break into is the automotive industry. With advancements in technology, process, and tools happening nearly every day, hiring managers are forced to be very particular and precise in what they are looking. Candidates are required to have specific qualifications, skill sets, and adequate of experience. While experience and a well-rounded skill set are important, job seekers must be able to take the first steps to finding the correct job and going about the application process correctly. This will be a three-part blog discussing three major tips for job seekers.