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The President’s Band

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.


I bet not many universities have a president who leads not only the “band” but a real rock-and-roll band.  It is made up of Ph.D. faculty, including a couple of deans.  We have always known that there is typically a connection between mathematics and music, that is why we started our music program a few years ago and it is doing very well.  It helps provide an additional outlet for our students that play/sing and entertain for the rest.  The president, the drummer, named the band TWITCHY based on the initials of the original members.  Now that does sound like something an engineer would do.  But don’t be fooled, some of them are also professional musicians and the band is pretty darn good.  They even have a CD out.  They are available from the bookstore if anyone is interested—the CD that is, not the band.

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Job Outlook for College Grads is Looking Up

According to a recent article on Moneywatch.com , the job outlook for recent grads is the best it’s been in four years!

The Findings
The National Association of College and Employers survey indicates that businesses are gearing up to hire nearly 20% more college grads this year than they did last year. Check out the below graph

Job Outlook Hiring Projections

While this is great news for our recent grads, the job market is very competitive.  Here are a few tips from Moneywatch.com

Better doesn’t mean great. 
The uptick in hiring doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to find a job, so bring your A game. Thankfully your degree from Florida Tech is well respected in the workforce, giving you the competitive advantage you need to land that dream job.

Get Geographic
Prepare to relocate for a job.  Your best bet right now is the Northeast, followed by the Midwest and the West.  While the Southeast’s outlook doesn’t seem so rosey according to this survey, you have the benefit of being a Florida Tech grad.  Florida Tech has long standing relationships with local companies and with Career Services help, continually opening doors for our students and grads.

Listen to Warren Buffet
Did you ever read that book How to Win Friends and Influence People? Well you might want to run by the library and grab a copy.  Employers are saying that one of the most important traits they look for in a job candidate is the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization.”  Hopefully over the course of your time here at Florida Tech you took advantage of some of the CAPS sessions, like “Be a Social Butterfly.”  So if you ever thought to yourself, “why would I ever attend that session?”, now you know, to help you land that dream job!!

Remember your manners
It takes a lot of energy to find a job and landing an interview is only half of the battle. The interview is of course one of the most important parts of the hiring process, but don’t drop the ball on your post interview manners.  1 in 5 hiring managers said they would toss out any candidate if they didn’t send a thank you note after the interview.  Any communication you have with a potential employer should be thoughtfully strategized. The more authentic and creative you are, the better you can jockey yourself against the competition.

To read all of the tips from the article, click here.

Are you a recent grad and have a success story to share? Comment below.

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Aviation Management Graduate Flying High.

Austin Roland Holt Aviation Management

Austin Roland Holt graduated from Florida in 2006 with an Aviation Management degree.  Austin is currently a pilot, flying for Mesa Airlines, Inc. 

"I am an airline captain and at my job I could work 16 hours in a row and fly anywhere from two to eight legs for a total of 8 hours of flying."

Austin averaged 250-300 flight hours in his time at Florida Tech and was able to learn in great year-round flying conditions.

"The coolest thing that my friends and I would do is while we were building our flight time we would go to the airport early in the morning and fly somewhere for breakfast or fly down to the Florida Keys and spend the weekend."

To learn more about Florida Tech's Aviation program, click here.

If you or someone you know is an awesome Florida Tech alumni, we want to hear your story.

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University Astronautica

by T.D. McCay, Ph.D.

Winston Scott

I have seen at least a dozen ads from different universities about one of their graduates going into space.  At Florida Tech we have had a half dozen or so of those ourselves.  When I used to be a full-time faculty member I used to have a lot of students come with that as their goal and I would try really hard to make them see how difficult that is and not to plan a whole career at the age of 18 that had so little chance for success. Now several of those young people have made it and I now encourage rather that discourage.  The chances are still small but our graduates have a much better chance than those from other schools.  We even have three on our faculty, two that flew and one other that missed her chance due to the Challenger accident.  Those three have served as mentors for several others who made it.  With a new era dawning for space flight, we will have a new batch coming soon.  I am sure several of those will have Florida Tech diplomas.

Tags: It's Not Rocket Science

The Search is on for Florida Tech Football Coach

by Florida Tech Sports

Florida Tech Football

Florida Tech officially opened the search for a football coach Thursday.

There is already applicant interest, said Director of Football Operations John Thomas.

“We have tremendous interest from coaches at all levels, from high school to the National Football League. We’re excited about taking the program to the next level and want to bring on the coach as soon as it is practical for the new coach to get here,” he said.

The Board of Trustees endorsed the football program April 30, 2010. The first year of competitive play is slated for 2013.

Thomas said that the search is wide open and his office is pulling out all the stops to evaluate and “bring to Florida Tech the very best fit for our program. We are looking for not only a great X’s and O’s coach, but one who is a strong recruiter, community activist and one who cares about the success of the players on and off the field.”

Thomas oversees all aspects of the university’s football program including fundraising, hiring and supervision of the coaching staff, facilities and day-to-day operations. Prior to coming to Florida Tech in 2008, Thomas was the head football coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy where he began that program.

Florida Tech Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer T. Dwayne McCay said: “We’ve worked hard the past year to build a solid foundation for the program and our first recruiting class has exceeded our expectations. Our first coach will begin in a very good position.”

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