|MPCC can help those considering career change|
In these turbulent economic times, people who find themselves considering a change in careers may be wondering what the current job market looks like and if they have the skills necessary to qualify for jobs that are in demand.
Although Mid-Plains Community College does not have a crystal ball to tell the future, they do have a Career Services Center that offers one-on-one, focused attention in all aspects of career planning.
“Our career specialists can help people discover a wide range of things including their skills, their interests, and their work values” said Berva Arensdorf, Area Career Specialist. “We can also provide information about the current job market and offer resources that can help people decide on a career path that is well suited for them.”
According to Arensdorf, the first step for individuals interested in a new career is to get a realistic picture of what their interests are, what they value, and what their current skills are.
“We have an assessment that can help us see in black and white what their personality, skills and interests are,” Arensdorf said. “We then take that information and match it with a broad career field that would be suitable for individuals with their particular aptitudes and abilities.”
Arensdorf said it is then up to the individual to decide what direction to take based on the assessment.
“We have a large variety of options available at that point,” she said. “We can get them new training or retraining if they need it for their chosen career path.
“We can give them COMPASS tests and set them up with an academic advisor if they decide they need more higher education classes to reach their career goals.
“We can help them with their GED (General Educational Development) testing if they need to earn a high school diploma or get them started in Adult Basic Education classes if they need to brush up on their skills.
“Sometimes we simply end up reaffirming what they already knew, help them clarify expectations for themselves, and set some goals–and that’s okay, too!”
Arensdorf noted there is also plenty of assistance available for those who are current in their job skills and have a career path in mind.
“We can help those individuals locate job openings and provide online resources for nationwide job opportunities and numerous self-help tools,” she said. “We also offer assistance in planning a job search, creating or critiquing a résumé, and practicing their interview skills.”
Arensdorf said she strongly encourages anyone who is interested in a career change to take advantage of the services provided by MPCC Career Services Center. For more information, call (308) 535-3618 or (800) 658-4308 ext. 3618.