Helping exceptional college students prepare for and find renewable energy jobs.

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Dayaway is about thinking ahead and seeing the opportunity in change.

We believe that alternative energy will become more than an alternative.  Today's job shortage in alternative energy for college students will reverse, becoming a talent shortage tomorrow.  This talent shortage will be a problem for alternative energy and an opportunity for forward-thinking university students.   Dayaway intends to help solve the industry's problem by helping students see and prepare better for the opportunity.  My personal goal is to be valued by tomorrow's alternative energy leaders because I helped them get their first alternative energy job.  Dayaway will always leverage these relationships to support graduating students; hum, sounds sustainable, doesn't it?

Dayaway's Founder, Mike Brownell

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"It's what you do, not what you say.  If you're not part of the future, then get out of the way."  John Mellencamp

Here's why, how and what Dayaway does:

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The Tough Questions

What does Dayaway mean by "alternative energy?"  What's included?

Are graduates really getting jobs in alternative energy? I've heard it's hard.

Does Dayaway have personal contacts for jobs listed?

Online applications rarely work.  Aren't you giving students false hope?

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Questions & Answers (continued)

I don't see how Dayaway improves upon existing hiring networks--career centers, job fairs, corporate HR relationships.

How many students have gotten jobs by using Dayaway?

How does Dayaway work with university career centers?

How do you find the jobs you list?

You say you are helping students "prepare for" these jobs.  Please explain.

Why are you doing this and why for free?

Is Dayaway a charity, a 501c entity?

How would you rate your success so far?


About Alternative Energy - For us, this term includes (1) sectors producing energy and (2) specific sectors directly related to the producers.  Sector 1 includes:  solar, wind, bioenergy (biomass & biofuel), fuel cells, geothermal, hydro (traditional, wave and tidal) and CHP.  Sector 2 includes:  smart-grid, carbon management, EVs and battery storage.

About Getting Jobs - Some students are hiring directly into alternative energy, but most, in my opinion, will transfer in after building desired skills in their first job elsewhere.  This results from a sluggish economy and a still emerging industry.  These students know that their first job will be one of many and that a satisfying career comes from strategic job changes made possible by good vision and a valuable skill set.

About Dayaway's Contacts - Our HR/recruiting contacts are growing but pretty modest presently.  Our "future contacts" really excite us.  These are the spectacular graduates we've met since 2009 who now work at alternative energy companies.  While Dayaway did not place them, they have not forgotten what Dayaway has done and can do for them.  The best relationship is the C-level person you started working with when they were a rookie.  These are our contacts and there are lots of them.

About False Hope - Online job listings are valuable as leads and clues.  Resourceful students take these listing to their career centers and alumni networks to see how they can go beyond the online application and get an inside track.  The listings also are clues as to which companies are hot, what skills they are looking for, etc.  This intelligence also provides an inside track.

About Existing Hiring Networks - Presently, Dayaway adds modest quantitative value to employers' networks.  Labor supply exceeds demand; existing relationships are sufficient.  In the future, Dayaway believes that there will be a talent shortage and that employers will need to supplement their existing relationship network, especially if it is regional.  Dayaway's national network of relationships will add value in this context.  Beyond "numbers, however, traditional hiring networks find workers who are just looking for jobs, the Dayaway network attracts passionate individuals who are not just focused on paying the bills, they work hard because they want to change the world.

About Getting Jobs From Dayaway - The short answer is that few students, less than 5% of it's registered members, get jobs directly from Dayaway's listings.  But as stated, an impressive number of students now working in alternative energy have used Dayaway and keep in touch.  They and we see future value in this relationship.  As the economy and alternative energy warms up, so will the 5% number.

About Career Centers - We have few CC relationships.  I believe this is because the centers rightfully see that Dayaway offers little near term value to them and the majority of their students.  For now, Dayaway encourages its members to take Dayaway's listing to their CCs so as to get these terrific alternative energy companies on the Centers' radar.  If the students value Dayaway, the CCs will, too, as we both want to help the students.

About Finding the Jobs - We follow the money.  We target alternative energy companies with good revenue growth and/or who are getting funding from the government or private equity.  These companies also must be big enough to hire a recent grad.  We're always adding and pruning.  We re-list fresh listings from their websites and/or other job boards (with attribution).

About Preparing Students -  Several initiatives here:  we're interviewing recent graduates working in alternative energy to hear how they got hired and what they do; we're profiling the best university energy centers to report on their graduate, research and outreach programs; we're profiling the companies with the best track record for hiring recent graduates; and, we're data mining our job listings to identify the skills and experiences alternative energy employers regularly are looking for.  I also speak directly with students to answer questions as best I can.

About "Free" - I do this to drive my wife nuts!  More seriously, I think energy is one of the few things that influences a lot of things, not quite like air, water and food, but perhaps close behind.  Beyond that, I love:  to work with young people, to build things and to not follow the crowd.  I am hopeful that Dayaway will be able to get paid for placing experienced young professionals (i.e., the second job) and then use that revenue to provide free support to fresh grads and interns.  This is not going to happen any time soon, however.

About 501c3 - No.  Dayaway is organized as a for profit LLC so that it has maximum flexibility to achieve (and occasionally revise) it's vision without being burdened by the regulatory compliance obligations of being a charity.  Plus, we don't seek contributions.  So, we pay a modest price to be flexible and independent.

About Success - On the quantitative front, it's impossible not to blurt out some numbers, but I, too, fade at this point so I'll keep it short: 

  • Hundreds of Graduate and 3.0+ GPA Undergraduate student members from the best schools in the country
  • Thousands (about 2200) jobs/internships listed since late 2009, all entry level alternative energy
  • Half a Million hits to the site per year

On the qualitative front, I am more sure than ever that this idea is working.  Our brand, network and competency are growing.  We're simply proving that when you do good things for good people, they will do good things for you and each other.


Dayaway Contact Information

Dayaway Careers LLC
Skype:  dayawaycareers
Linked-in:  Michael Brownell
Twitter: DayawayCareers  Twitter Explained