Bonnie Pfister

Check out our Facebook photo album for more images from the fall 2016 Pittsburgh student tours.

ImaginePittsburgh.com is getting Pittsburgh students off campus and on location at some of the coolest employers anywhere.

Google, UPMC Enterprises, PNC, startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, software maker Truefit and design/engineering studio Deeplocal were among the workplaces visited in two tours this fall.

Student journalists visit Deeplocal in the Strip District.
Student journalists visit Deeplocal in the Strip District.

“These students are getting up-close and personal with hiring managers, heads of startups and innovators in organizations large and small,” said Linda Topoleski, vice president of workforce programs for the Allegheny Conference, which operates ImaginePittsburgh.com. “These companies are hiring dynamic college graduates as well as attracting young professionals from around the country who’ve heard about Pittsburgh as next Brooklyn.”

The hope is that young journalists, podcasters and bloggers will share insights about career and lifestyle opportunities in the region with their readers, viewers, listeners and social media followers. Computer science students participated in a tour earlier this fall, because their skills are in especially high demand across all industry sectors and in nearly every company.

It can be hard for students to make time to explore beyond campus, and ImaginePittsburgh.com research indicates that even people who grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania are often unaware of the wealth of career opportunities right under their noses. Among the jobs in high demand across the 10-county region include information security analysts, software engineers, accountants, auditors, HR specialists, nurses, medical assistants, engineers and industrial technicians.

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In October, computer science students from Pittsburgh colleges toured regional employers with including UPMC Enterprises high up in the U.S. Steel building.

Pittsburgh is also a fun place to launch a career. The new Graduate Opportunity Index compiled by LinkedIn and Trulia ranked Pittsburgh as a top city for new entrants into the workforce because of its affordability and wealth of entry-level jobs and educated Millennials. The most recent tour broke for lunch at The Andy Warhol Museum – a destination for visitors from around the globe. Students got to mingle with young professionals who have chosen Pittsburgh about the career opportunities here, as well as and hear from Venture Outdoors staff about the wealth of outdoor recreation options here – including great skiing and snowboarding less than an hour’s drive from Oakland.

ServiceToOpportunity.org

It’s back, and better than ever. ServiceToOpportunity.org is a powerful matching tool that connects veterans directly to managers ready to hire for in-demand jobs at regional energy and manufacturing companies.

Now, the site features a simpler, more user-friendly interface, interface, videos of the types of open jobs, and a direct and personal connection to employers.

And for a limited time — by creating a new profile on the site or accessing one they’ve already created — veterans will receive two free tickets to a Pirates game at PNC Park.

If you’ve already created a job seeker profile on the site, click here to reset your password (as part of the site revamp) to begin connecting with employers ready to hire. Not sure if you made a profile? Enter your email address in the log in page; if you’ve already created a profile, you will be prompted to update your password. If you haven’t, or if your new to the site, it takes about five minutes to create a basic profile; you can always come back later to tell employers more about your skills and experience.

VETERANS: Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. Sign up here, or pass the word to veterans or returning servicemen or women in your personal and professional networks, on Service To Opportunity®’s  social media platforms: Facebook.com/ServiceToOpportunity and Twitter.com/Srv2Opportunity.

EMPLOYERS: Want to post your Pittsburgh region energy or manufacturing jobs on ServiceToOpportunity.org? Contact kmckenzie@alleghenyconference.org.

Like ImaginePittsburgh.com, ServiceToOpportunity.org is a program of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to connect people with family-sustaining careers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Joshua Devine

Looking for a new job to add some extra sizzle to your summer? Well, look no further. Pittsburgh’s bright with plenty of opportunities, and ImaginePittsburgh.com will help you take a shine to finding the just-right job. More than 25,000 positions are open today across the 10-county region, and posted on ImaginePittsburgh.com: a one-stop shop for information about employers and careers. With a powerful regional jobs aggregator that is updated nightly from more than 1,000 job boards and corporate websites, ImaginePittsburgh.com will help you find your first job or advance your career. You can also explore the site’s Featured Employers, as well as many great places to live, play and learn in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Here are a few of the jobs available now with Featured Employers:

Operations Administrator at Covestro

Real Estate Agent at Northwood Realty Services

Oracle EBS – Financials – Senior Consultant at Deloitte

Commercial Finance Manager at Elliott Group

Structural and Steel Project Engineer at Mascaro Construction

Too busy to check these out now? Bookmark ImaginePittsburgh.com or save us to your favorite read-it-later app. You can also sign up for career news about the region through our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or monthly newsletter.

The ATHENA Awards are the networking event of the season for men and women of all backgrounds! Tickets available here: Athena-Pittsburgh.com

Eight women – five veteran managers and three emerging leaders – have been selected as finalists for the 2016 ATHENA Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh. They will be among the many nominees recognized for their professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women at the annual ATHENA Awards luncheon on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The awards are presented by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. One finalist from each category – the traditional ATHENA award, and the ATHENA Young Professional Award – will receive her respective award at the event.

The finalists for the traditional ATHENA award compose a varied and distinguished group. Each woman uses her leadership to create professional excellence and positive regional impact. The finalists are:

  • Audrey Dunning, CEO, Summa Technologies, Inc.
  • Kelly Gray, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, FedEx Ground
  • Diana Reid, Executive Vice President, PNC Real Estate
  • Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Seneca Valley School District
  • Yvette Williams, Senior Patient Advocate/Program Manager, Allegheny Health Network/The Open Door, Inc.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award (AYPA) will be presented to a woman 35 years of age or younger who exemplifies the traditional ATHENA qualities, with an emphasis on being a role model. The finalists are:

  • Marteen Garay, Director of Entrepreneurship Programming, Urban Innovation21
  • Caitlin Green, Vice President, PNC Bank, N.A.
  • Katie Kopczynski, Marketing Analyst, Eaton

A complete list of nominees can be found at ATHENA-Pittsburgh.com.

Also at the luncheon, ATHENA officials will announce the recipient of the new Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship, named for the ATHENA program’s founder and retired president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (an Allegheny Conference affiliate). The scholarship will be awarded annually to one woman age 35 or younger to attend, tuition-free, the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. The deadline to apply is July 29 for the academy session that begins Sept. 23. Learn more about the scholarship and the academy here.

Last year’s Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards luncheon drew nearly 900 attendees. That makes it among the largest stand-alone events of its kind among the 500-plus communities around the globe that present the award each year.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased online at ATHENA-Pittsburgh.com. Sponsorships are still available; contact ATHENA@alleghenyconference.org.

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Laura Arnold, 31, left a lucrative but unrewarding paralegal job as to pursue a job with more learning potential in advertising, for which she won an award. Photo by Matt Steffen via USA TODAY.

USA TODAY is among the news sources reporting that a majority of Millennials says they would rather have meaningful work than higher pay. According to a Fidelity survey of 25- to 35-year-olds, doing work that is interesting, rewarding and imparts new skills matters more than a cozy paycheck.

“I look for a role where work actually gets done and I’m challenged,” 31-year-old Laura Arnold, of Cincinnati, told the newspaper. “Getting new skills and things you can take with you if things go south or you wanted to leave is really more valuable than an extra couple thousand dollars.”

Conducted in February, the Fidelity Investments survey queried 1,500 respondents ages 25-70 who work full-time, and whose employer offers a defined contribution workplace retirement savings plan.

Read the USA TODAY story here.

Read the Fidelity news release here.

 

Bonnie Pfister

As winter sputters to its rainy ending, there is a lot to look forward to. The days are getting longer and lighter, birds are chirping in the mornings again and jobs are popping up like crocuses. (Croci?)

Right now there are nearly 30,000 jobs open on ImaginePittsburgh.com across southwestern PA in finance, IT, healthcare, education, electrical utilities and much more. Here are just a few of the jobs offered by some of our Featured Employers:

Project Engineer at i+iconUSA (Joseph B. Fay)

Merchandising Analyst at Giant Eagle

Digital Product Manager at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Executive Assistant to the CEO at Peoples Natural Gas

Production Worker at ATI/Allegheny Ludlum’s Flat-Rolled Products facility in Monaca, Beaver County

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of jobs other young professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors for networking  via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles.