CPCC’s Career Coach tool features new improvements, is valuable employment resource

last modified Aug 05, 2014 08:08 AM

Career Coach is a free online tool, provided by Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), that allows local residents and CPCC students to explore potential careers. The tool may be accessed by visiting cpcc.edu/careercoach.

Since launching in 2013, the tool has expanded. It now includes a way for users to connect to today’s “hot” jobs and features an online questionnaire to help visitors identify their field of interest more quickly. Career Coach can help anyone looking for up-to-date information on college and job-training programs, careers and salaries and pay scales in a variety of occupations. The tool can be of particular value to current and prospective students, the parents of high school students and anyone wanting to pursue a career or make a career change.

In addition to these new resources, visitors may also conduct a simple keyword search to learn about the employment prospects of a variety of career fields. The tool provides local employment statistics in real-time and is customized to CPCC’s geographic region.

Site visitors can also view detailed wage estimates and recent job postings, connect to CPCC programs that match their specific job search, and search for similar jobs to identify skill gaps they need to fill in order to transition into a new career. Users can also search for careers based on the college’s training programs, or by the program or major that interests them most.

In addition to the many features mentioned above, the Career Coach tool includes a built-in résumé builder that can help students and job seekers efficiently put together an updated résumé that highlights their key skills and job experience.

“Career Coach will help our students and community members explore their career options while staying abreast of available job opportunities in the local marketplace,” said Sarah Wilson, Career Coach project coordinator for CPCC. “We’re excited about the impact this tool will have on the local workforce as it helps individuals fulfill their professional aspirations, such as transitioning into a new career, determining the academic career path that is needed in order to enter their selected field of interest or creating a résumé that communicates their knowledge and skills to potential employers.”

Thanks to the tool’s analytics, the college will be able to view the top career searches, as well as which resources visitors are using most. This information will help CPCC proactively respond to the demands of the local community and develop workforce training solutions such as new programs, classes and services that match residents’ needs.