So what is New Collar?

New Collar is about skills, not degrees. If you have the right skills, there's a career for you at today's IBM.

Today’s New Collar IBMers

Gabriel
(New York City)

Gabriel is among the first graduates of P-TECH, the innovative grade 9-14 academic program that combines the best of high-school STEM coursework with community college, mentoring and hands-on training to build sought after career skills. Gabriel’s interest in technology has taken him from hacking his high school IT system, to coding online commerce experiences.

Rey
(Houston, TX)

Rey was determined to expand his horizons beyond work in the fast food industry. Through an associate’s degree and completion of various industry certifications, Rey attained sought-after skills in network management. Today, he helps oversee network infrastructure for Bluemix, IBM’s cloud-based development platform.

Savannah
(San Francisco, CA)

Savannah pursued an education in creative writing, but developed a fascination with programming and computer science. After completing an immersive six-month coding bootcamp, she became one of the first employees at IBM’s Bluemix development garage in San Francisco. She’s still creating, but at the intersection of art and code.

Randy
(Austin, TX)

Randy one day, while writing hip hop lyrics, Randy spontaneously decided that a technology career would afford him the best opportunity to provide for his family. From there, his new collar journey took Randy from California to Texas, and included a mix of college education and software development camps. Today, he’s part of a team helping IBMers worldwide employ new technologies and methodologies to better serve clients.

Cecelia
(Rocket Center, WV)

Cecelia when she couldn’t find work as a teacher, Cecelia decided it was time to reinvent her career. She joined IBM as a project staffing professional, but was soon intrigued by fast-growing opportunities in cybersecurity. Through on-the-job training and coursework at her local community college, Cecelia built the skills she needed to take on a new role – securing sensitive workloads for U.S. Government clients as an IBM cybersecurity professional.

Joshua
(Austin, TX)

Joshua built skills in graphic design through community college, and then worked on projects ranging from mailers to magazine layouts for a number of employers. Now, as part of IBM’s Security division, he’s bridging the gap between the unit’s product and marketing teams, and helped lead a total rebranding of the department.

Ty
(Austin, TX)

Ty started his design career illustrating comic books and animating mobile apps. After transitioning to digital design, Ty found his way to IBM. Today, he manages a team of professionals that design seamless and efficient user experiences for developers utilizing the IBM Cloud.

Today’s New Collar IBMers

Today’s New Collar IBMers

Gabriel
(New York City)

Gabriel is among the first graduates of P-TECH, the innovative grade 9-14 academic program that combines the best of high-school STEM coursework with community college, mentoring and hands-on training to build sought after career skills. Gabriel’s interest in technology has taken him from hacking his high school IT system, to coding online commerce experiences.

Rey
(Houston, TX)

Rey was determined to expand his horizons beyond work in the fast food industry. Through an associate’s degree and completion of various industry certifications, Rey attained sought-after skills in network management. Today, he helps oversee network infrastructure for Bluemix, IBM’s cloud-based development platform.

Savannah
(San Francisco, CA)

Savannah pursued an education in creative writing, but developed a fascination with programming and computer science. After completing an immersive six-month coding bootcamp, she became one of the first employees at IBM’s Bluemix development garage in San Francisco. She’s still creating, but at the intersection of art and code.

Randy
(Austin, TX)

Randy one day, while writing hip hop lyrics, Randy spontaneously decided that a technology career would afford him the best opportunity to provide for his family. From there, his new collar journey took Randy from California to Texas, and included a mix of college education and software development camps. Today, he’s part of a team helping IBMers worldwide employ new technologies and methodologies to better serve clients.

Cecelia
(Rocket Center, WV)

Cecelia when she couldn’t find work as a teacher, Cecelia decided it was time to reinvent her career. She joined IBM as a project staffing professional, but was soon intrigued by fast-growing opportunities in cybersecurity. Through on-the-job training and coursework at her local community college, Cecelia built the skills she needed to take on a new role – securing sensitive workloads for U.S. Government clients as an IBM cybersecurity professional.

Joshua
(Austin, TX)

Joshua built skills in graphic design through community college, and then worked on projects ranging from mailers to magazine layouts for a number of employers. Now, as part of IBM’s Security division, he’s bridging the gap between the unit’s product and marketing teams, and helped lead a total rebranding of the department.

Ty
(Austin, TX)

Ty started his design career illustrating comic books and animating mobile apps. After transitioning to digital design, Ty found his way to IBM. Today, he manages a team of professionals that design seamless and efficient user experiences for developers utilizing the IBM Cloud.

Today’s New Collar IBMers


Today’s New Collar IBMers

Gabriel
(New York City)

Gabriel is among the first graduates of P-TECH, the innovative grade 9-14 academic program that combines the best of high-school STEM coursework with community college, mentoring and hands-on training to build sought after career skills. Gabriel’s interest in technology has taken him from hacking his high school IT system, to coding online commerce experiences.

Rey
(Houston, TX)

Rey was determined to expand his horizons beyond work in the fast food industry. Through an associate’s degree and completion of various industry certifications, Rey attained sought-after skills in network management. Today, he helps oversee network infrastructure for Bluemix, IBM’s cloud-based development platform.

Savannah
(San Francisco, CA)

Savannah pursued an education in creative writing, but developed a fascination with programming and computer science. After completing an immersive six-month coding bootcamp, she became one of the first employees at IBM’s Bluemix development garage in San Francisco. She’s still creating, but at the intersection of art and code.

Randy
(Austin, TX)

Randy one day, while writing hip hop lyrics, Randy spontaneously decided that a technology career would afford him the best opportunity to provide for his family. From there, his new collar journey took Randy from California to Texas, and included a mix of college education and software development camps. Today, he’s part of a team helping IBMers worldwide employ new technologies and methodologies to better serve clients.

Cecelia
(Rocket Center, WV)

Cecelia when she couldn’t find work as a teacher, Cecelia decided it was time to reinvent her career. She joined IBM as a project staffing professional, but was soon intrigued by fast-growing opportunities in cybersecurity. Through on-the-job training and coursework at her local community college, Cecelia built the skills she needed to take on a new role – securing sensitive workloads for U.S. Government clients as an IBM cybersecurity professional.

Joshua
(Austin, TX)

Joshua built skills in graphic design through community college, and then worked on projects ranging from mailers to magazine layouts for a number of employers. Now, as part of IBM’s Security division, he’s bridging the gap between the unit’s product and marketing teams, and helped lead a total rebranding of the department.

Ty
(Austin, TX)

Ty started his design career illustrating comic books and animating mobile apps. After transitioning to digital design, Ty found his way to IBM. Today, he manages a team of professionals that design seamless and efficient user experiences for developers utilizing the IBM Cloud.


Key New Collar Job Roles

Through programs ranging from coding camps to community college courses and innovative vocational schools, our New Collar colleagues have built marketable skills in some of the technology industry’s fastest growing fields from Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing to Digital Design and Application Development. Their experiences underscore that new collar jobs offer pathways to career success, and also the importance of expanding career-relevant skills training programs to help more Americans fill the more than half-a-million technology jobs currently open in the United States. Please click on each role for more information.

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Hot Locations for New Collar Jobs

IBM continues to hire in nearly every state across the US. Check out some of our hot locations for New Collar job opportunities.


Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up new skills – and lots of them. When you join IBM as an apprentice it is not just about training and qualifications. We have your long-term professional career in mind.

We'll help you grow through an intensive work-based development program, with comprehensive learning, focused hands-on training, and mentorship. It's the kind of experience you simply couldn’t get anywhere else.

What sort of apprentices are we looking for?

Energy, creativity and passion are really important to us. We also work in teams all the time, so you need to be someone who’ll thrive in that kind of environment – a great communicator and someone with the ability to lead others. There are other characteristics we look for, too. We call them competencies - think about whether, and how, you can demonstrate them during our application process. Some of the competencies we look for are Adaptability, Communication, Client Focus, Creative Problem Solving, Drive, Teamwork, Passion for IBM and Taking Ownership.

What does the experience look like?

As an apprentice, you'll join with other apprentices in a local cohort. You'll go through your first few weeks together, learning about IBM and the skills you'll be attaining throughout your apprenticeship. Then, you'll work with your managers and mentors to progress through your personal skills roadmap, learning and demonstrating new knowledge and competencies through hands-on application with your project teams. You'll complete milestones along the way, earning digital credentials to validate your skills, and will come back together with other apprentices to participate in on-going training and development focused on your professional and technical skills. Best of all, you are a contributing member of your team, putting forward ideas, taking on responsibilities and making choices about how you get the job done just like any other IBMer. And, yes, we pay you too!


Veterans in IBM


Veterans

Veterans make great IBMers and are an integral part of our workforce! Be represented in the executive ranks, management, and throughout every business unit or division in IBM. Veterans are highly skilled and we view our veterans as essential and invaluable contributors. We welcome you to apply and become a part of our community.

Veterans Event Calendar

Date Name Location

June 7-8

Lakehurst, NJ

June 21-22

Fort Gordon, GA

August 22-23

Charleston, SC

August 29-30

Camp Pendleton, CA

September 13-14

Fort Carson, CO

September 26-28

Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA

IBM's Veterans Employment Initiative

A 5-day analytics training session on IBM's I2 fraud analytics software.


IBM's Veterans Employment Initiative

Funded by an IBM grant program, the initiative will connect IBM expert software trainers with qualified participants for five days of instruction on IBM i2® Analyst's Notebook.® At the conclusion of the instructional session, participants may take the exam for certification as an advanced data analyst. Employers are expected to fill nearly 200,000 jobs over the next few years with those holding credentials like those provided by this new program. Nonprofit and veteran's groups — including our lead partners Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) — joined IBM to develop the project in collaboration with i2 clients. These enterprises rely on i2, and recognize the critical need for new hires with advanced data analyst skills. In tandem with IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, our i2 clients will seek to align certified trainees with open positions, and provide special assistance with navigating the hiring process.


University Veterans Collaborative

Directly connecting with veterans through the college/university veteran affairs office.

University Veterans Collaborative

Veteran focus information sessions at selected colleges/universities. IBM works through the VA Office or SVA to connect with college veteran candidates. Both IBM and the campus unit(s) establish a collaborative and flexible format to attract and meet with participants. Sessions are usually on campus and are scheduled for either a 1 or 2 hr time frame. If your veterans group or college/university VA Office would like for IBM to collaborate with you, please contact your IBM University Recruitment Representative or send an email of interest to bdiverse@us.ibm.com.


Veterans Externship Experience

If you are 6 months from transitioning out of active duty military and would like to participate please contact us.

Veterans Externship Experience

This program provides up to 6 months of paid work experience in an IBM position. Candidates must meet the requirements of the job and will need to apply for the short-term/part-time positions on-line. For additional information regarding location specific opportunities and available positions please email bdiverse@us.ibm.com.