Last week, the University of Alaska was featured on KTVA’s Workforce Wednesday for helping students and jobseekers explore careers through Career Coach, a “one-stop shop to explore potential careers, get training, and apply for jobs.”
The live demo illustrated how students and jobseekers can use Career Coach to take an interests assessment, explore matching careers, browse live job postings, and apply for jobs on the spot.
“It’s difficult…to locate all that current labor market information [in one place],” said Fred Villa, associate vice president of the Workforce Program at the University of Alaska. “The university recognized that. As the university’s mission is to disseminate researched information, we…partnered with Emsi to bring it to the state.”
As colleges and universities seek to help prepare students for good careers, it often isn’t enough to offer a career services center (which only 16% of students visit and find helpful). Schools must proactively help students find high-paying, in-demand careers, figure out the programs they should take, and complete their studies.
That’s where labor market data comes in. And that’s what University of Alaska is all about by offering Career Coach. We applaud the university’s work and encourage other institutions to follow its example by putting valuable, concrete information in students’ hands.