FAQ: Career Day at IYRS on Saturday, March 24, 2018


Over 50 Employers Hiring for Over 200 Jobs at Free Career Event on Saturday, March 24th at IYRS in Newport, RI

Co-sponsored by IYRS School of Technology & Trades, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), Polaris MEP, Composites Alliance of Rhode Island; Over 50 companies hiring from Rhode Island and across various parts of the country.

A strong jobs report earlier this month that holds employment at a low 4.1% is fueling a high company turnout for Career Day on March 24 in Newport. A large field of 50 companies with 200 job openings will be at this one-day event to connect with job seekers.

Career Day will take place at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades on Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to 1 pm. The event is free. Companies attending are from nine states and do business in the marine, composites, or manufacturing industry. All three industries have a strong presence in Rhode Island, as well as educational programs that train workers for these businesses.


IYRS School of Technology & Trades
449 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840


9:00 am   | Navigating Your Job Search (Free Career-Focused Lecture)
9:00 am   | Maker Gallery Featuring High Craftsmanship Items Opens
9:30 am   | Rhode Island’s Mobile Maker Lab Opens for Tours & Demo’s
9:30 am   | Career Day Exhibitor Floor Opens to the Public
12:00 pm | 9×5 Flash Talks, 9 Speakers for 5 Minutes Each + Lunch
1:00 pm   | Event Concludes

Career Day at IYRS is a free & open to the public job fair, networking opportunity, & career exploration event in Newport, RI for individuals interested in jobs and careers across industries such as the marine trades, composites, manufacturing, design and innovation.

Review event details, exhibitor list, and register to attend for free at http://www.iyrscareerday.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Who is Career Day for?

A:  Career Day is for all levels of job and career seekers–whether you’re searching for an entry-level job, you want to transfer your work experience to a career working near the water or working on interesting composites projects in fields such as renewable energy and automotive, or you are a senior-level professional looking to network and plot your next career move.


Q: What happens at Career Day?

A: There are nearly 50 companies coming to Career Day with over 200 jobs to fill. Unemployment in the U.S is at a record low right now, so companies have jobs to fill and want to talk with job seekers like you. You can speak with companies to learn if they are a good match for your skills and interests, starting at 9:30 AM. But plan to arrive by 9 AM to hear a valuable talk on “Navigating Your Job Search,” which will have information you can use throughout the day. Five-minute “Flash Talks” for job seekers and exhibiting companies will also be held throughout the day.


Q: What types of companies are attending?

A: Companies attending Career Day work in either the marine trades or the composites industry. Marine trades companies include boat builders that work on both traditional wooden craft and cutting-edge vessels, boat yards and marinas that service boats and offer dockage and other services, schools that teach on-the-water skills and certifications as well as career-training institutes like IYRS School of Technology & Trades, and companies that have specialties in electronics, onboard electric, and other areas. Composites companies produce light, strong structures for a wide range of industries. You can also learn more about these industries through the trade associations at the event, including the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), the Composites Alliance of Rhode Island, and Polaris MEP, which works with Rhode Island manufacturers.


Q: What is the composites industry? What do these companies do?

A: The composites industry produces structures that need be to light yet strong. Composite materials and building methods have a wide range of applications—from aerospace to boats/marine, renewable energy, architecture, automotive & transportation, and even musical instruments. Rhode Island boat builders became early innovators in the field when they successfully used composites to build high-performance boats, so Rhode Island has a high concentration of composites companies.  This is a growing field that employs over a half-million people in all 50 states. If this field interests you, stop by the tables for TPI Composites, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), and Clear, Carbon & Components. RIMTA will have information on job openings at Rhode Island composites companies that could not make it to Career Day.


Q: Where are the Career Day companies from?

A: Most are from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, but several companies are coming from farther afield—including Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida. See the entire list of companies at www.iyrscareerday.com.


Q: What types of jobs can I look for at Career Day?

A: Career Day is for all levels of job seekers. Many companies are looking for individuals who are good at working with their hands—whether that is working with wood or fiberglass or working on engines, electronics and other onboard marine systems. Companies are also interested in individuals who have skills and job experience from other fields–such as carpentry or automotive. Don’t forget that companies can value soft skills as highly as technical experience—including a strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, communication skills, or the ability to work as part of a team. Professionals with career experience can also benefit from talking with companies at Career Day; these companies have functions such as sales & marketing, finance/accounting, information technology, customer service, and other areas.


Q: I have no experience in the marine or composites industry. Is it worthwhile for me to attend Career Day?

A: Certainly. Many companies are willing to train and are looking for employees with the right soft skills–such as a willingness to learn, strong work ethic, good communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team. If you have work experience in fields such as construction or automotive, your skills can transfer to the marine industry. There are also training programs where you can gain skills that lead to employment. Make sure to visit the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) while at Career Day; RIMTA runs free training programs for Rhode Island residents that last several weeks and lead to internships and jobs. If you want to train for a higher level of expertise, talk to representatives from IYRS School of Technology & Trades. IYRS programs run from 6 to 20 months.


Q: How can I get the most out of Career Day?

A: Read our blog on “How to Get the Most Out of Career Day.” The event is a great opportunity to learn, make connections, and sell yourself—but it takes some planning and preparation on your part to get maximum benefit out of the day. Read our blog here. [ADD LINK]


Q: Should I bring my resume?

A: Yes! Make sure it is up to date and represents your strengths and most recent experience. Bring several clean copies as companies will want to look at it while speaking with you.


Q: I already have a job. Is Career Day still worth my time?

A: Certainly—unless you plan to stay in the job you are in now for the rest of your working life! Career Day is a valuable opportunity to network and learn about your industry and companies of potential interest to you. The biggest benefit of Career Day is that company staff members set the day aside to speak to job and career seekers. You can gather a lot of information and make important contacts that may serve you in the future as you plot your next career move.


Q: I graduate from High School this year. Is Career Day worthwhile for someone my age?

A: Yes, of course. High School students sometimes opt to train with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) or IYRS instead of going right to college. Career Day is a good way to learn about training programs and potential jobs. Many marinas also hire seasonal workers, so Career Day is also a way to learn about summer jobs near the water.


Q: I am not great at making conversation. What questions should I ask the companies at Career Day?

A: First off, these companies come to Career Day because they want to talk to job seekers like you! You just need to step up and introduce yourself to start. Tell the company in a brief sentence about your background. Ask the company about their operation: what they do, what they look for in an employee. Be prepared to talk about your strengths and goals and answer the question, Why should I hire you? Career Day is a professional event but one with a relaxed atmosphere. Many people who work in the marine or composites industry love what they do, so they enjoy talking to people with the same interests. Enjoy the conversation!