By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaA college degree doesn’t guarantee a job. It may take months for graduating students to find employment, unless they’re willing to take a harder course load, invest time in internships and talk themselves up at career fairs.This is true even of fields such as engineering. Companies look for graduates who can slide easily into the work force.The University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering recently hosted companies represented mostly by UGA engineering alumni. Several had tips on how students can stand out from other job applicants.”Obviously, they’re technically capable,” Jim Tiller said of UGA engineering students. “We’re looking for people who can fit in well in a professional environment, who dress nice for work, who have professional etiquette, who are creative people.”Several of the companies at the Nov. 8 career fair offer internships. Tiller was an intern for CertainTeed Insulation before they hired him as an electrical-mechanical project engineer after graduation from UGA in 2004. He pointed out why internships are so important.”You get a good idea if engineering is right for you. You find out what aspects of engineering you want to pursue,” he said.”Obviously, you earn money while you’re in school,” he said. “The pay is much better than delivering pizza. And you gain experience. If you don’t get any experience, you haven’t learned a lot of the little things you need to develop into a professional.”Internships enable companies to screen future employees. “It gives us the opportunity to check people out,” said Bobbi Carter, who works under the ecology branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Athens. She graduated from UGA several years ago with a degree in forestry.The EPA has a specific federal career intern program specifically for students within nine months of graduation. “It gives students loads of experience,” Carter said. “We have a lot of hiring successes because of the program.””Our company, when they hire, looks for engineers,” said Brandon Marlow, a manufacturing engineer for Rockwell Automation. “It doesn’t matter what career — everybody knows how to do everybody else’s job.”Companies are hiring more engineers because the U.S. industry has seen an economic upturn, said Marlow, who graduated from UGA in 2000.”There’s an increased demand for engineers, period,” said Cary Nagler of B.P. Barber & Associates Inc.But getting hired isn’t a cake-walk. “The business environment is so different” than it was a few years ago, said Casey Adams, an engineer with Eaton who graduated from UGA in 2002. “You have to have stuff outside of that degree, a higher level of degree, maybe an MBA, to take yourself to the next level. It’s so competitive out there.”Companies are looking increasingly at the UGA engineering program, said Tim Foutz, a professor and undergraduate engineering program coordinator in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Our degrees (in biological and agricultural engineering) are designed to provide a basic engineering education, to instill engineering as a way of thinking,” Foutz said. “That’s why we have so many students employed, because they have such a broad perspective.”A few years ago, he said, a Macon company discovered UGA’s engineering program. “Now they hire nothing but our students, because they’ve got enough of a background, a fundamental education,” he said. “Our guys can maneuver from project to project.”At UGA, engineering students get balanced experience across several engineering fields. That gives them a versatility that’s increasingly rare in engineering.”According to national data, engineering and technical jobs are increasing at five times the rate of any other work force,” Foutz said. “A lot of current engineers are reaching retirement age. Plus, the United States imports 12-15 percent of its engineers, and Georgia is at the lead of that trend. The demand for engineers is there.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
SNOWSPORTSFREESTYLE DOUBLE CROSSWINTERGREEN, VIRGINIAJanuary 27, February 10 and 23Over the course of the season, Wintergreen hosts three different competitions on its slopes, the results are tallied and an overall winner is crowned after the finale. The races themselves consist of multiple heats of four skiers or snowboarders at a time barreling through their specially designed terrain park over jumps, gaps, and banked turns at top speed. The inclusiveness and unpredictability of the races is what organizer Sepp Kober loves about the race. “It’s open to all ages, as well as skiers and snowboarders,” he said. “Anything can happen.” In the double cross, the right tactics can become as crucial as speed on the course, since, as they say, “rubbing is racing.” The event takes on a carnival atmosphere with music pumping at the top of the hill and the race director calling out the results in real time. wintergreenresort.comTOTALLY 80s RETRO WEEKENDBEECH MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINAFebruary 22-24, 2013Prepare to hit the way-back button with this retro weekend at Beech Mountain outside Boone, N.C.; you’re going to have to break out the aviators, neon, and one-pieces if you want to fit in at this party. Just be sure to stretch before you assault the mountain with spread eagles, daffies, and backscratchers. Last year’s event featured a mechanical bull, best outfit competition, and hair bands lighting up the stage. Deep, 80s-themed discounts are as prominent as leg warmers and chest hair throughout the resort. New events this year include an 80s trick contest and a rail jam with a DJ spinning your favorite hits from the decade. Get your dance on at an after party with no cover. beechmountainresort.comWV OPENSNOWSHOE, WEST VIRGINIAFebruary 23, 2013Snowshoe Mountain is the largest resort in West Virginia, and the region for that matter, so it is no surprise that the resort hosts the largest slopestyle competition of its kind in the area. The WV Open draws the best talent from the state and beyond to Silver Creek’s Mountaineer Terrain Park for one night of spins, flips, and grinds. The event takes place under lights, which only adds to the competition’s electric atmosphere. Also included in the festivities is a demo by U.S. Airbag, a maker of giant pads for ski slopes and terrain parks. The bags are set up in the landing zone so skiers and snowboarders will get their chance at launching huge or practicing new tricks without the threat of a slam on the ice. snowshoemtn.comMOTOWN THROWDOWNMorgantown, West VirginiaHalloween Weekend, 2013Each Halloween, Morgantown is overrun with young kids in wacky get-ups looking for handouts and getting hopped up on sugar. No, we are not talking about trick-or-treaters; we are talking about the crowd at the MoTown Throwdown. The annual rail jam competition is the earliest opportunity to slide on snow, even if it is 20,000 pounds trucked into downtown. The city shuts down High Street, and the Seven Springs park crew erects an elevated tower system to launch the riders. Bails and slams are cheered just as loudly as stomps as riders push the limits of street style. A DJ is on hand to entertain the crowd and pump up the competitors, and previous musical performances include Mix Master Mike and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, but the party does not end when the contest does. pathfinderwv.comSUGAR FESTSUGAR MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINADecember, 2013North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain pulls out all the stops for its annual Sugar Fest, now over a decade old. Usually held in the early season as an official winter kick off, Sugar Fest is a diverse celebration of winter activities. Sugar Mountain Director of Marketing Kim Jochl says Sugar Fest is designed to appeal to everyone: “We’ve evolved it over the years to be more inclusive of all winter activities, not just skiing and snowboarding. We have fireworks, live music, and performances by Paul Wylie, [figure skating] Olympic Gold medalist.” Along with Wylie, Sugar brings in other Olympians like skier Diann Roffe to teach clinics and meet the crowd. A rail jam caps off the event with over $4,500 in prizes and giveaways. skisugar.com Best of the Rest CUPP RUN CHALLENGESnowshoe Mountain, West VirginiaFebruary 4, 2013 • snowshoemtn.comTHE MARYLAND OPENWisp Resort, MarylandFebruary 23, 2013 • wispresort.comWILD THING WEEKENDCanaan Valley Resort, West VirginiaMarch 1-2, 2013 • canaanresort.comSNOWY LUAU FESTIVALTimberline Resort, West VirginiaMarch 15-17, 2013 • timberlineresort.comSHRED FOR THE CUPAppalachian Ski Mountain, North CarolinaAll Winter • appskimtn.comFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlatives
With a roster of current Nigerian stars in the EPL – such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Isaac Success – Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, owner of FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Managing Director/CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, still believes there is work to be done.“We want to raise the game and increase opportunities for our Nigerian youngsters,“ said Dr Ubah. “Every boy and girl in Nigeria that aspires to play football must to be given the opportunity and we want to show the world that the domestic football in Nigeria is very much on the up. Our partnerships with West Ham United and iGamingSports.com provide us with the tools to learn from the best, and are a catalyst to enhancing awareness of our wonderful national game in Nigeria.”“We’re privileged that FC IfeanyiUbah has chosen us to represent them and excited to show what Nigerian football has to offer,” said Peter. “It’s time to tell the world that Africa has arrived.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Newly crowned 2016 Federation Cup winners, FC IfeanyiUbah, has selected the UK-based agency iGamingSports.com, to help raise the international profile of Nigerian club football.The appointment comes after iGamingSports.com helped broker the partnership between FC IfeanyiUbah and West Ham United, in a move that saw the club become the Hammers’ first ever Nigerian Football Partner, and has already seen the launch of a number of key initiatives designed to improve coaching, skills and grassroots football in Nigeria.“There isn’t a footballing talent pool in the world that’s deeper than Nigeria,” said Managing Consultant for Africa & Asia at iGamingSports.com and the former First Secretary to the British High Commission in Nigeria, Peter Stephenson OBE. “Couple that with the levels of drive and ambition that have been exemplified at FC IfeanyiUbah, and you have a potent combination that could be incredibly exciting on the global footballing stage.”
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