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Research Highlights the Competition for Global Talent

As competition for talent heats up worldwide, UNC Charlotte researcher Qingfang Wang has identified critical factors that appear to give some communities a competitive edge.

Wang’s research considers highly skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs – what attracts them, what fosters their growth and what deters them from fully using their skills and knowledge.

"Obviously, highly skilled people are the major force in this new knowledge economy," said Wang, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. “At the national and global level, I think this is really important to look into this issue in the context of this global competition.”

University Career Center Launches Hire-A-Niner

The University Career Center has launched Hire-A-Niner, a new online system with a host of advanced features designed to connect UNC Charlotte students and alumni with employers.

Students and alumni can use Hire-A-Niner to connect to more than 7,000 positions each year, including full-time-jobs, 49erships (internships), co-ops, and part-time jobs. New features for students and alumni include a built-in resume creator, resource library, hire reporting, and online career tools, such as Going Global and CareerSpots. Students can log in to Hire-A-Niner using their NinerNet credentials, making access to the system quick and easy. Additional features will be rolled out over the next year, including faculty accounts and career fair registration.

The University Career Center’s Director, Denise Dwight Smith, shares, "Hire-A-Niner exemplifies the focus of our office on supporting the diverse needs of students and employers. By implementing this new system, we will continue to enhance our programs and services related to full-time employment, experiential learning, off-campus student employment, service learning, and mentoring and shadowing."