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Online Career Coach: Help is Closer Than You Think

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Whether you’re just starting your career or reinventing yourself, the job search process can rank right up there with apartment hunting and online dating: sometimes interesting, oftentimes tedious and draining.

Enter Career Coach, a new career-search tool that allows you to complete a personal interest assessment that then links you not only to career options, but educational opportunities, earning potential, job outlook, and recent job postings. Sound too good to be true?

Daniel Ortego didn’t think so. The new Career Services Coordinator at McHenry County College, Ortego launched this initiative in September to offer students, alumni and community residents the best options possible for career success.

“I’ve been in career service for 14 years, and I like this tool, because it uses an assessment and links careers to what McHenry County College has in the way of educational opportunities—either certificate programs or associate degrees,” Ortego said.

The program also links to job postings in geographic areas extending into the greater Chicago area and even into Wisconsin.

Ortego also is rebranding MCC’s internal job posting site, now called Hire a Scot, which lists jobs that employers from the area post on the MCC site. Students, alumni, and community members open an account on the site, and postings include internships, part-time and full-time jobs. “It’s like Career Builder or indeed.com, but it’s regional,” Ortego said.

Other career services for students and community members include one-on-one appointments with a career coach to cover goals and practice interviews and search strategies, four career development workshops scheduled during the fall semester, and a career fair Nov. 7 with local and regional employers.

“We’re always eager to have companies come on campus for information tables,” Ortego said. “It’s a great opportunity for our students and companies to meet each other. We’re trying to instill in students the value of gaining experience in their career areas through internships, jobs, and apprenticeships. It aligns with what they’re doing here at MCC.”

Visit www.mchenry.edu/careerservices or contact MCC Career Service at careers@mcnenry.edu or call (815) 455-8576.

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