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Why Grads Should Consider Manufacturing Careers

Why Grads Should Consider Manufacturing Careers
From Recruiter - July 18, 2016

For most members of the newly graduated class of 2016, the manufacturing sector likely ranks pretty low on their list of possible careers if it ranks at all. But while the competition might be stiff in many sectors that recent graduates are more likely totarget, the manufacturing sector is suffering from an ever-increasing skills gap. Part of the reason why is that manufacturing jobs have a bad reputation. They are dirty. Unskilled. The pay is low. The hours are long.

But the truth is, this isnt your grandfathers manufacturing sector.

Over the last few decades, many of the unskilled positions in manufacturing have been automated. This means that skilled, educated workers are often required to operate and maintain the robots and computers that now run the show. College graduates in areas like IT, science, or mathematics can find work in this field without even having to look too hard. In addition, every manufacturer is still a business, so a business degree might also land a solid entry-level career for a graduate.

Recent graduates looking to explore this avenue of employment would do well to get themselves some training to pad their resumes before applying to manufacturing businesses.

There are many avenues to obtain hands-on training as a job seeker, says Micah Statler, technical training program manager for Advanced Technology Services, a factory maintenance and IT consultancy. SkillPointTraining.com is one avenue, where individuals can secure a seat in any of our scheduled training courses. Original equipment manufacturers and distributors, colleges, and technical institutes also provide many training opportunities for those in the job market, but that training is often high-cost and product-specific.

While a recent graduate obviously would not want to enter a new college or technical school training program (or foot the bill for one while still paying for their first degree), shorter and cheaper online courses through companies like SkillPoint might give them an edge in the interview process and a better idea of what it is they are applying for.

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