Everyone’s buzzing about Boston Calling, Bonnaroo, Coachella, #Woodstock 50 and the umpteen other music festivals that are taking place all over creation this summer. But if you love live music but aren’t a fan of muddy fields, port-o-potties, and packs of selfie-obsessed Instagram influencers, join us at Jam For Jobs May 1 at Hard Rock Cafe Boston. It’s a corporate battle of the bands featuring Bluebird Bio’s JC and the Breakers; Bullhorn, Inc.’s Stampede; Monster’s The Spicolis; and Pega's The Layer Cakes.
The most recent numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the overall rate of unemployment is 3.9 percent but for young people aged 20-24 it’s 6.9 percent. Here in Massachusetts, we do much better, with an overall rate of 3.4 percent unemployment versus 3.7 percent for those age 20-24.
That’s due, in part, to the many programs in Massachusetts for young adults in need of job placement and career development. Here are Career Collaborative, we’ve been honing our program for a special subset of young adults looking for employment—those without college degrees.
Marsha Shaw recently landed a job as an employer and payroll reporting analyst with the Massachusetts State Retirement Board. Her responsibilities include processing pension plan enrollments for new state employees and assisting retired employees with enquiries about their pension benefits.
It’s a career move Marsha had long sought but that always seemed just out of reach—until she found Career Collaborative.
Nearly three years ago, Joana Nushi and her husband Armand moved to the United States from Albania. Shortly afterward, she found work as a teller at a local bank but she longed to work at a larger bank where she would be able to build a career. So she left her job thinking that it would be easy to find another one. To her disappointment and surprise, she searched for weeks without getting an interview, much less an offer. In this interview, Joana explains how she came to Career Collaborative and how it changed her life.
Steve Vittorioso has been a volunteer at Career Collaborative since May 2017, serving as a class instructor for our evening Job Readiness and Job Search Course, which we launched last year with funding from Robert Kraft. He’s taught participants how to prepare for job interviews, negotiate salaries, and—perhaps most valuable—how to network, among other important lessons.