CED Solutions Reports from University of Georgia Job Fair

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The University of Georgia recently held a job fair for upcoming graduates looking to land a job. While there is abundant talent evident in today's college graduates, new skills are needed to succeed in today's economy.

"We're a growing company, in spite of--or maybe because of--the recession. We're here looking for enthusiastic and talented people who can help us to meet the incredible demand for IT certifications," said CED Solutions President and CEO Richard Rodgers

This week the University of Georgia held a job fair for upcoming graduates. CED Solutions, the largest provider of professional technical training in the Southeastern United States, reports from the job fair.

"We're a growing company, in spite of--or maybe because of--the recession. We're here looking for enthusiastic and talented people who can help us to meet the incredible demand for IT certifications," said CED Solutions President and CEO Richard Rodgers, 65, of Dunwoody, Georgia.

The IT industry has become quite standardized. The most reliable way that employers have to evaluate the skills of prospective employees is to see what certifications they have earned. These certifications are devised by industry leaders like Microsoft and Cisco, and essentially represent the standardized testing for the IT industry.

"There is obviously a lot of talent coming out of the University of Georgia," said Rodgers, who has over 35 years experience in corporate IT management and training, "though upcoming and recent college graduates should realize that they need specific skills to get a good job and have a thriving career. The undergraduate education helps people learn how to think, and it gives them basic skills, but it's not enough."

"We train up to 10,000 students a year, many of them mid-career professionals, and veterans taking advantage of their GI Bill benefits, Once people get clarity on what they want to do, and apply themselves, they generally do very well, even in this tough job market. Unfortunately, it seems to take many people several years before they realize that their undergraduate degree is not enough to get them the career that they want."

Rodgers recommends that students strongly consider a career in information technology. Job opportunities and salaries in IT remain very strong. There are very well developed training paths for students who want to get ahead and secure the best opportunities. "Even if IT isn't likely to be your specialty, you absolutely should know how to use many of the available tools. In addition to the Microsoft Office suite, young people should be familiar with applications like SharePoint Developer, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Exchange 2010, and they should know how to develop web sites and do basic programming."

CED Solutions garnered national media attention in recent months for offering free Microsoft Office classes to anyone who is unemployed and looking to improve their skills. For more information on this program see: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/06/prweb4070724.htm

"Obviously, we want to succeed as a business," said Rodgers, "but as much as anything we care about this community and we want to see people do well in their lives."

For more information visit http://www.cedsolutions,com.

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