With many industries struggling to find workers with the right qualifications on their resumes, the head of Amazon.com has announced a college tuition reimbursement program that will help employees not only advance within the company, but pursue careers in high demand fields such as health care and manufacturing.
Founder of the online retail giant, Jeff Bezo, said the Amazon Career Choice Program will offer up to 95% tuition reimbursement in areas that are considered well-paying and high demand according to employment statistics from such sources as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
At Amazon, we like to pioneer, we like to invent, and we’re not willing to do things the normal way if we can figure out a better way, Bezos stated on the company website. “It can be difficult in this economy to have the flexibility and financial resources to teach yourself new skills. So, for people who’ve been with us as little as three years, we’re offering to pre-pay 95% of the cost of courses such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, nursing, and many other fields.”
With the BLS reporting that professionals who add a postsecondary degree to their resume can earn up to $20,000 more per year that those with no college education, the news continues to be good for college graduates. A recent report by TriNet’s SMBeat found that job growth for recent college graduates increased by more than 12% over the second quarter of this year.
People thinking about going back to school to pursue a career in health care or other high demand industries may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if they have the skills needed to enter a specific field.
Meanwhile, college graduates who haven’t been able to find a job area of expertise may want to consider a paid internship in order to gain job experience and boost their resumes. A recent study by the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) found that approximately 60% of 2012 college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer.
Students with a paid internship have a decided advantage in the job market over those who did an unpaid internship or didn’t do an internship at all.” Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, noted. Paid interns spend much of their time engaged in ‘real’ work; employers prize that kind of hands-on experience.”