April 13, 2018 BestCompaniesUSA

What does NERD stand for at Charles Schwab?

Imagine four weeks after graduating from college you are walking into your first day at a 16,000 employee company, your desk, hardware and peripherals are all set up and personalized for you. During your first nine-months, you spend 15% of your time on training and development to equip you with the skills and technologies required. The rest of your time is spent working on real products and features. You are part of a cohort of other recent graduates and there is a support team focused on your success. You have the opportunity to sit at the same table with senior leadership, hear what they do and why it’s important. You can ask them questions. Imagine being exposed to all the company’s products and services so you have a deeper understanding of your role and why it’s so important.

In 2017, with support from the Chief Technology Officer and senior leadership, Charles Schwab’s Technology Services organization started a unique program called the New Employee Recruitment & Development (NERD) Program. This program is different from other onboarding programs in the industry because it’s focused on the employee experience and equipping them with the technologies needed to succeed. The goal of the program is to ensure that the transition from college to work is as smooth as possible. Upon graduation from the program, NERDs will be productive, contributing members of their team on day one.

What’s in it for the NERDs?

The nine month program hires new college graduates and gives them personalized onboarding, extensive training & development on technologies and soft-skills required to be successful. NERDs have a host manager, a mentor, a buddy, a coach and others that are dedicated to their success. NERDs get hands on experiences to make them an innovative and successful techie at Schwab.

Who should apply?

The NERD program is currently offered at Schwab’s DFW/Westlake and Austin campuses.  This exclusive program may be just the ticket for very recent graduates looking to jumpstart their career in technology.

You should apply If you:

  • Enjoy leading-edge technologies such as micro services, cloud computing, AI, and big data.
  • Like the challenge of identifying and solving new, unique problems.
  • Want to be part of a fast-paced career development program using real-world leading edge products.

To learn more about Charles Schwab’s NERD program and see if it may be the perfect fit for you and your career goals, click here.