Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Look at the picture on the left - that is the new place. The Los Altos Office Plaza has 4 buildings, which share very large parking lot - no more parking troubles, ladies and gentlemen.
The new office will have its own dedicated air conditioning unit and much higher ceilings. Also, we are going to be on the first floor now, not second, which, I hope, will add to the nicer temperature regime.
I'll be going to the construction place (the entire space will be remodeled/reconstructed for our needs), taking pictures, and sharing them with you. I actually started to envision new office and classroom furniture, computers, nice 100 sq.ft. kitchen, professional grade vinyl floors in the classrooms. It looks so nice.
By the way, in the new office we will move to the 100% wireless Internet connections, including the student computers. My next concern if we are going to have any downturn time to move and put together all the necessary communications. Lets start working on that.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
In 2010 overall enrollment is going to be 50% up compare to 2009 and 2008 - I can see that already. The job market keeps growing and lots of career minded individuals are ready for the move. We are also coming with lots of improvements, new classes, more spacious classrooms, projects and classes offered on weekends, online courses, redesigned Portnov Computer School (http://www.portnov.com/) web site.
Today our premises were inspected by the organization (visa sponsor), which specializes in Trainee and Intern programs for graduates of overseas colleges and universities. They can come to upgrade their skills for as long as 12 or 18 months (depends on the program). They can even earn money within that period of time. That is another dimension in which we are planning to expend our services.
Friday, August 13, 2010
In that 9 minutes video Zig Ziglar, one of my favorite motivational speakers, talks about people with negative thinking. He calls that type of thinking "Stinking Thinking".
Running the Portnov Computer School, instructing graduates on how to get a job, I a am dealing with Stinking Thinking alot. It really kills every effort from inside, it drains people's energy out, it pushes other individuals away from that Stinking Thinking person.
Another important thing Ziz is talking about in that video - gratitude as a solution to the Stinking Thinking problem. Enjoy the video as we did today in the Job Search class.
Since October of 2009 the demand grew up 240%. At the same time number of resume declined 35%. So, overall demand/suply ratio more than trippled (about 370%) in 10 month.
Despite that many people we talk to, mostly prospective students, are thinking tha the job market is still bad. They apply high overall unemployment rate of about 10% to all the industries. Indeed, different segments of the job market are experiencing different, sometimes opposite, trends.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
And then I hear the reasons:
- Job market is not good
- To get hired one would need 5 years of experience
- I do not feel confidentI need someone to place me
- And many-many more of same kind
No matter how hot the market is – there will be folks like that. Recession or boom – they are withdrawing from any action to be taken.
A month ago former graduate visited our office. 4 years ago we placed her as an intern with a good company. Internship naturally converted into permanent position. But now the company moves out of state and she needs another job. The girl was crying in our office. She says “unless you place me again I never going to get a job”.
If people with 4 years of experience feel that much unsecure what can we expect from fresh graduates?