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What is a Career Coach?

Understanding the local job market and related salary and wage information is an important part of the career-decision process. You may also want to know that local jobs are available in your field and that you can earn a good wage while making your career pathways decision. YC Career Coaches can provide the most current wage info, local job postings, and career pathway tools available to help you make your pathway decision.

Once coaches help you with you career pathway decision , we can set you up with your assigned Academic advisor who will help you design your academic plan and help you take the classes that will fill your YC program needs, and will transfer to a University.

Click here to contact a career coach

Coaches can also help with:

  • Deciding your best career pathway
  • Finding full- or part-time jobs
  • Setting up internships, job shadows, and informational interviews
  • Teach you how to write your personal statement, create a resume or cover letter

Planning and Assessment Tools

Virtual Job Shadow

Learn in-depth about different careers by doing a Virtual Job Shadow.

A job shadow can be a useful way to learn about a particular job of interest. It involves spending time following a professional in that job. Observing the life of the professional for anywhere from a few hours to as long as a week can help give you a sense of what that job is really like. This can be a great way to learn whether or not a job of interest is right for you. YC also has a website that you can do virtual job shadows. To get setup on Virtual Job Shadow contact Linda Brannock.


FOCUS 2

FOCUS 2 is a online career and education planning system. What is your major, and what do you want to do with your life? These are questions you might get from family and friends, or just hear in passing on a college campus. The answers to those question are not simple because you have many career options and a variety of educational pathways. Focus 2 offer assessment tools to help you answer the questions.


ONET Online

ONET Online is a free Federal Government provided tool for career exploration and job analysis. ONET online has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development, HR professionals, students, researchers, and more! Click on My Next Move to take Assessment

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook is a governments' premier source of career guidance featuring hundred's of occupations. The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay and job outlook for hundreds of occupations

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Job Shadows, Interviewing and Networking

In-person Job Shadows

A job shadow can be a useful way to learn about a particular job of interest. It involves spending time following a professional in that job. Observing the life of the professional for anywhere from a few hours to as long as a week can help give you a sense of what that job is really like. This can be a great way to learn whether or not a job of interest is right for you. YC also has a website that you can do virtual job shadows. For more information or help setting up you Job Shadow contact Career Services.


Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is an informal meeting with a person who has a job title or works in an industry that you aspire to get into. It is a meeting to get advice and information only: it is not to ask for a job. After you have made a decision about your career, the contacts you have met through informational interviewing may become helpful in your job search, but keep in mind, informational interviews are for advice and research purposes. Your intentions should be made clear when setting up the interview. If you need help setting up an informational interview careers services is here to help.


Networking

Professional networking is about making contacts and building relationships that can lead to jobs or other work-related opportunities. Thoughtful networking provides a focused way to talk to people about your job/pathway search. Done right, it can help you obtain leads, referrals, advice, information, and support.