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Career setbacks: Are they helpful or hurtful in the long term?

How do early career setbacks affect our long-term success? Failures can help us learn and overcome our fears. But disasters can still wound us,...
NEEDING MORE: R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott R. Jensen says the new federal overtime rule for salaried employees, while an improvement, doesn’t reflect “modern realities.” 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does new federal overtime rule go far enough for salaried workers?

An additional 1.3 million U.S. workers – including tens of thousands in Rhode Island – will be eligible for premium overtime pay now that...

This looks like the start of a great time for labor...

The tight labor market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between labor and capital, giving more leverage...
BUILDING A CAREER BY HAND: Rebecca Slater, left, design project director at Blakely Interior Design in North Kingstown, helps Brianna Chace, a New England Tech interior design major and intern at Blakely. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Q&A: Rebecca Slater

Rebecca Slater | Blakely Interior Design design project director In 2015, Rebecca Slater left an MFA program at Suffolk University and discovered she could pursue...
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Justin Sirotin
OCTO Product Development founder

Justin Sirotin | OCTO Product Development founder Justin Sirotin’s resume shows a large range of industrial design clients, from industrial equipment to sporting goods, pool...
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Q&A: John Sinnott

John Sinnott | Gilbane Building Co. vice president and Rhode Island business unit leader A college intern at Gilbane, John Sinnott took a short detour...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...

Building the workforce

Has your company’s workforce increased over the last five years? Yes: 87.5% No: 12.5% What programs does your company use to find potential workers? (Select multiple) Other: 75% Local...
As blumshapiro’s industry leader for its construction and real estate group, Luke Ebersold has significant responsibilities. But his move to Rhode Island has given him personal satisfaction, as well as exposure 
to the state’s workforce-
development programs. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Responsive government helps develop workforce in way industry needs

Luke Ebersold | Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC Rhode Island managing partner Even though I’ve spent the last several years living and working in Connecticut,...
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