This week Mount Wachusett Community College unveiled EMSI’s Career Coach, a tool that “takes the mystery out of the job search process,” said MWCC Coordinator of Career Placement and Planning Patricia Brewerton (pictured right; see here).
Career Coach helps students understand the labor market outcomes for education and training. And it’s ideal for the AmeriCorps Job Ready program, a partnership between MWCC and nearby Fitchburg State University. The goal of the program, according to MWCC’s website, is “to increase the career awareness, job readiness and career exploration skills of north central Massachusetts residents.”
To further the mission, MWCC has made Career Coach available to AmeriCorps program members. After a brief training, AmeriCorps members will use the simple tool to assist students and jobseekers in the community in their career searches.
The program’s use of Career Coach was highlighted Tuesday in a local newspaper article:
Monday morning found AmeriCorps members at Mount Wachusett Community College training to use Career Coach, an online tool that reveals employment data and earnings potentials, and pulls data from the job-search website Indeed.com to focus on what’s available within 100 miles.
Fagan Forhan, the college’s director of experiential learning opportunities and civic engagement, said the training “helps them do it more efficiently.”
She said the AmeriCorps program has a three-year commitment with Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., the [Idaho]-based company that runs Career Coach.
Forhan said the AmeriCorps members will have other tasks within the organization to which they are assigned, but will be able to lend their familiarity with Career Coach to members of the public, including students and the unemployed.
For example, if someone was interested in becoming a chemist, Career Coach could tell them what positions are open, what that position tends to pay, and what sort of additional training the person would need for it.
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