On March 8th we had the opportunity to visit Downeast Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket, the source of Shiru Cafe’s unique coffee blend. The Director of Business Development and Training, Matt, was kind enough to give us a tour of the roastery and teach us the basics of coffee production and tasting. The space was full of fascinating levers and pulleys, and we learned a lot about all the complex processes that go into making a quality cup of coffee, from the cleaning process to the roasting process to the process of combining different ratios of beans together to create unique blends.
Finding a job right out of school is always daunting. Many students apply to as many jobs as they can in hopes that just one of them will result in a hire. However, this strategy often backfires, backlogging the employment market and reducing productivity for students and employers. According to the Hays Global Skill Index, companies have trouble filling many of their openings even when they get numerous applications.
Almost everyone understands that the job hunt is stressful, so how can participants in the employment market come together to mitigate this? First, it is important to acknowledge that this problem cannot be solved by a single company or individual--it has to involve cooperation between companies, educational institutions, and students. With this in mind, it’s possible to think of holistic approaches to combating talent mismatch.