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Step 2 to Your New Career:  Networking

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Have you ever heard that it’s not just what you know, but also who you know that can help you find success in your career? According to a report from ABC News, 80 percent of jobs today are landed through networking.1 Networking is the art of using contacts in your personal and professional life to help you advance your career. Is this a skill you have? Reach out to people you already know. Your family is your very first network! Let them know what you’re doing now and what your plans are for the future. Whether you’re looking for a new career, or hoping to advance in the one you already have, you’ll want as many people as possible to know what your professional goals are. Tell family, … [Read more...]

Take the First Steps to a New Career

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Are you thinking about a new career? With an improving economy and vibrant new job opportunities on the horizon, now might be the perfect time for you to make a move. Learn how to get started! At Porter and Chester Institute, we know that the thought of starting on the path to a new career can be pretty scary. That’s why we don’t only provide our grads with the skills they’ll need for a new career; we also give them lots of tips and training about the soft skills that today’s employers are looking for. In this article we’ll share our career services secrets with you! Follow our Steps to a New Career series to learn how you can begin to build a bright new future. Step 1: Train for … [Read more...]

Will Fabrizio: From PCI Grad to Hiring PCI grads

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Now that Will Fabrizio is in charge of hiring heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians, it makes total sense to him to reach back to the school where he was trained. “We’ve actually had a few people come from Porter and Chester now,” said Will. “We’re always looking for qualified technicians and we have found them at PCI. The guys who come out of their program are always well-prepared.” Will knows exactly what to expect from those graduates because he’s one himself. He finished the HVACR program at Porter and Chester Institute in 2012 and said he had jobs lined up before he even graduated. “They helped me a get a job before I even left,” said … [Read more...]

6 Traits of a Good Automotive Technician

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Are you passionate about cars and interested in turning that passion into a career? Find out whether or not you have what it takes to become a good automotive technician. Here are the 6 traits you’ll need: Problem Solving Skills: To be a good automotive technician, you’ll need to identify what’s wrong with the vehicles you service and provide the best possible solutions. You’ll have to look at problems from many different angles to diagnose and repair whatever comes into your garage. Perseverance: Even with the most finely-honed problem-solving skills, you’re bound to encounter issues you can’t solve on the first go-round. Your ability to stick to it until you find a solution won’t … [Read more...]

What would I do as a Security Alarm Technician?

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In 2014, there were more than 1 million fires and 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. With these staggering statistics, it’s no wonder so many businesses and homeowners are hiring companies to install fire and security alarm systems. After all, alarms help save lives and prevent property loss. The men and women who work as security alarm technicians bring those property owners a sense of safety and peace of mind. Have you ever considered working as a security alarm technician? Here’s what you might do: [Tweet "There were more than 1 million fires and 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. in 2014"]Meet with clients to assess their alarm system needs. As a security alarm technician, you’ll help … [Read more...]

Adam Mann: A Career as an Automotive Technician Thanks to Porter and Chester Institute

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Adam Mann graduated from the Porter and Chester Institute Automotive Technology program and is already employed at a Ford dealership. He says he likes to treat every vehicle that comes into the shop as if it belonged to a member of his family. “I like to take my time with the cars so I don’t make any mistakes,” said Adam. “Really, I treat it like it’s my own car, or my mom’s car.” That thoroughness and attention-to-detail is something that was encouraged at Porter and Chester’s  Canton campus where Adam attended school. The Porter and Chester Institute Automotive Technology program taught Adam how to diagnose and repair major vehicle components like engines, electronics, fuel and … [Read more...]

An Electrical Career: Is This Bright Future for You?

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Have you always been fascinated by the amazing power of electricity? You could turn that interest into a career as an electrician with enough skills, training and time. Maybe an electrical career is right for you. Electricians install, maintain and fix electrical devices and wiring. They’re the go-to people when the power goes down and know all about the importance of safety whenever the power is up and on. If you’re up for a challenging, but rewarding career in the electrical field, learn more now from this Porter and Chester Institute … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

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Do you want a career where you can really make a difference? Medical assistants are valued members of the modern healthcare team, helping to improve patient care and the lives of others. If you’ve ever considered working in healthcare, here are 4 reasons to consider becoming a medical assistant: 1)  Your career will be all about helping others. Medical assistants support  physicians in their practice as well as other healthcare professionals. Most importantly, they get to help patients! Medical assistants take patient histories, answer questions, show patients how to access their health insurance benefits, and often act as a liaison between the patient and other members of the healthcare … [Read more...]

Drafting and Design –are you ready for a career in CADD?

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Drafters who work in computer aided drafting and design (CADD) use computer programs to create, analyze and modify designs for buildings, products and structures.  The work they do is vitally important and touches upon every aspect of modern life from the games you play to the cars you drive and the bridges they cross. Could a career in CADD be right for you? Learn more now in our new CADD … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Ace your Phone Interview

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In today’s busy, digital world, the chances are that your first job interview with a new company won’t be face-to-face. Employers often use email to communicate with job candidates and then phone interviews to narrow the field of prospective employees. If you want to advance to a sit-down interview, you might first need to get by a telephone interview. Here’s how to ace your phone interview: Smile: Even though the person at the other end of the line may not be able to see you, a good attitude comes through on the telephone. Pretend the hiring manager is right there with you. Smile, have good posture as well as a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Research the company: Find out all you … [Read more...]