Plan Ahead: Schedule an In-class Presentation!
Our staff welcomes the opportunity to provide a wide array of presentations to the students in your classroom. If you know in advance that you will be unable to teach a class, why not plan ahead and schedule an informative workshop? Let us come and share what we know about topics including effective resume development, interviewing tips, overall job search strategies, effective career choice and Focus 2. We are also happy to provide a short overview of our programs and services to raise the awareness level of our students on using available resources and how to effectively manage a job search. To request an in-class presentation, please contact one of the MCC Career Services staff (at least two weeks in advance) to discuss available times and topics.
FOCUS 2 is a career guidance tool that assists students with self-assessment and career exploration. This is a self-guided and interactive web-based program designed to help students select college majors and plan their career based on assessed personal interests, values, skills, personality and aspirations. The program boasts 1500+ detailed and current career title descriptions and 600+ videos. Exploratory tools include a job board network, an occupation search by name and industry, and “What can I do with a major in…?”. There is also a career portfolio feature that summarizes students’ assessment results with their preferred majors and careers and personal comments/rankings, goals and achievements.
Benefits of using FOCUS 2: Students have…
- More confidence in their choice of a major area of study.
- More participation in behaviors supporting their career development, e.g., volunteers activities and internships.
- More specificity about plans for advanced degrees.
- More specificity about their occupational goals and plans.
- More communication with their college’s Career Services staff.
Please Note: Student Services Center, L107 can accommodate up to 27 students at a time. A workshop on Focus 2 includes an informative piece on career choice, as well as a hands-on demonstration regarding the features the web-based tool offers. A workshop can run between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on participation levels. To schedule your class for a Focus 2 Workshop in L107, please contact Julie Greene to determine feasibility (based on room and staff availability). » Learn more about the FOCUS 2 Program
This new web resource is a leading practice interview system that allows students /job seekers the opportunity to record and review their own interview sessions, with no fee involved! Using a webcam, students /job seekers can simulate job interviews by responding to pre-recorded and selected interview questions while practicing both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. All recorded interviews are accessible to the student/job seeker upon completion, at which time they can be shared via email with faculty, mentors and/or career services staff, for evaluative or constructive feedback. These practice interviews can easily be incorporated into a course curriculum to complement a career or job search related component. Such an assignment could be used in place of a mock interview or in support of a career development activity. Please contact MCC Career Services for more information and, of course, feel free to access MCC’s Interview Stream portal at http://mcc.interviewstream.com/.
Alumni Career Panels
Each year, MCC Career Services collaborates with faculty and program coordinators to organize alumni career panels. This is a unique opportunity for MCC alumni who are currently working in their field of study to return to the college and share, in a panel format, “What They Wish Someone Had Told Them” when they were a student. We have had great success with these programs over the years, and because faculty and staff often develop lasting mentor-type relationships with students, we strongly encourage their participation as liaisons between our office and the alumni, to assist in the planning process.
Who would you like to see represented at an upcoming career or volunteer fair?
If you have ties with a particular employer or community-based organization, and feel that they would benefit from participating in an on-campus recruitment event such as the Part-time Job Fair, Community Service Fair, Summer Job Fair or Regional Job Fair, we welcome your referrals as well as any contact information you might be able to provide.