FastForward Blog

Making A Career Out Of Career Coaching

Published: July 16, 2018
With 15 years of career coaching experience, it’s safe to say that Lisha Wolfe knows what she’s talking about. Wolfe is a FastForward Career Coach at Paul D. Camp Community College. She comes to work every day with a purpose: to help people figure out their career goals and find the ways to achieve those…
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The Number One Most Important Soft Skill in The Workplace

Published: July 5, 2018
If you’re on the hunt for a new job, you may notice a handful of “soft skills” alongside specific technical skills listed in a job description. These soft skills, including work ethic, interpersonal skills and accountability, can be just as important to an employer as the technical requirements of the job. We talked to our…
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The Value of A Credentialed Employee

Published: June 21, 2018
There’s a lot at stake when it comes to hiring a new employee. Will they have the skills required to do the job? What’s their workplace attitude like? Will they reliably show up to work? These are the realities businesses across the country are facing when it comes to finding skilled workers. In fact, 69…
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From Farm Hand to FastForward

Published: June 18, 2018
Luke has always been something of a ranch hand. Growing up in Southside Virginia, he’s worked the fields and farms that crisscross this rural landscape and become a bit of an agricultural expert in the process. There hasn’t been much else to do. Job opportunities have historically been relatively scarce in this neck of the…
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Getting Over the Past and Starting Over in A New Career

Published: June 11, 2018
People make mistakes. Opioid abuse, drug addiction and past criminal decisions derail millions of American lives. It’s not easy, but lives can be repaired. Through job training, former felons or addicts may have the opportunity to right the wrongs of bad decisions by starting over in a new career. When starting over, it’s best to…
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FastForward Trainees See Increase In Pay With New Careers

Published: June 4, 2018
You may already know FastForward is one of the quickest, most affordable training programs in Virginia, but did you know that with FastForward training, you may also see an increase in take-home pay? According to early data from Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credentials Grants, workers who completed FastForward training have seen a typical increase in…
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Building Up A Career Through FastForward Training

Published: May 21, 2018
Before Micah enrolled in a welding training program at Tidewater Community College, he was working a job at a septic company. Only six months on the job, he decided to change his career path and get trained in something different. “I thought that welding would be a good job to go into,” Micah said. “I…
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Employers Are Looking For These Four Soft Skills

Published: May 8, 2018
Ethical hacking, certified nurse aide, arc metal welder. These careers all have technical skills that are attainable through FastForward training. Employers will look at a person’s ability to measure blood pressure or weld cylindrical, tack-welded pieces – but they’re also looking for certain “soft skills” that aren’t necessarily written on your resume. Soft skills are…
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Three resume mistakes preventing you from starting the career you want

Published: April 30, 2018
You’ve done the work and completed your FastForward training. You’ve even attained a few certifications, but now what? It’s time to kick-off your job search! But before you start applying to job listings that fit your career path, you’ll probably need to update your resume, with information about your FastForward training program and the certifications…
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FastForward and the “gig economy”

Published: March 29, 2018
In a rapidly evolving economy that increasingly relies on freelance workers, having up-to-date and certified skill sets can mean the difference between thriving and just getting by. So said a Richmond business consultant at a recent educational conference devoted to workforce training. “Make no mistake, the gig economy is here to stay,” noted Glen Jones…
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