This past week, Mayor Michael Nutter announced a new partnership between the city and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation to offer $3M to attract new startups and early stage businesses as part of a new initiative called Startup PHL. The program is seeking investment firms to match its seed capital and currently has an open call for proposals
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry developed a new job search tool that was released this week: the www.PACareerCoach.org website. It's meant to be a part of a larger "job-matching initiative" that will be expanded upon over the coming months. In addition to linking to job postings from other online job boards, the PACareerCoach.org website also enables users to view career outlook reports, wage information, employment skills, and top trends for specific career paths, and provides links to other state resources such as PA CareerLink, PA High Priority Occupations portal, and PA Workforce Statistics,
National Public Radio reported that, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring for this year's class of graduating college students is expected to be up 13% over last year. Some degrees have better prospects than others, the story said, "Pharmaceutical, finance, technology and insurance companies are looking first and foremost for people with numbers skills, so finance majors, computer science and accounting are among the top degrees in demand."