Career Coach helps job hunting

By Byron Patten - Staff Reporter



Highline is offering Career Coach to help students connect with employers. 

The program Career Coach is a search engine provided by Emsi, a labor market advising company focused on the student-to-employment journey. 

For over 15 years now, Emsi has worked with colleges and universities on connecting their students to workforce agencies. 

At an event at Highline, students got to learn more about the program. 

 "We combine traditional labor market, governmental sources and real-time market," said Emsi Account Manager Gabrielle Skeate. "With our tools, we're trying to make it easier to get started in your career." 

There are three main ways to use the tool. 

The first part is the quick assessment. This is primarily for students undecided about their degree and career. 

"The assessment will help narrow the field," Skeate said. "It will keep track of your interest and skills, applying them to a degree and career options." 

"Undecided students are a huge part of Career Coach," Skeate said. "We want to help them figure it all out." 

The second part is data provided about various careers. 

"Career Coach will look at your career goals and show the necessary skills, related fields, wages and education level required or recommended," Skeate said. 

Data also includes projections, showing potential wages over the next several decades, the growth of the career and most common times openings occur within a specific field. 

The last step is applying. Connected through Indeed, a job search site, students can apply directly to open positions they are interested in. 

Beyond easily providing the application, Career Coach will even help you design the proper resume for the job. 

"This isn't just for those that don't know how to create a resume," Skeate said. "This resource can help polish your current resume." 

The tool will have you list all past experience and provide descriptions of said experience that might stand out to the employer. 

"It takes the writing out of resume building for you," Skeate said. "Then you can download the copy of the built resume or begin submitting it to jobs on Indeed." 

At Highline, the tool has been customized to its website and is geared toward the data within the area. All information provided will be based on the region between Everett, Tacoma and Bellevue. 

Also, degree and pathway options at Highline have been added to the tool, making it easier for students to find programs relevant to them. 

In an example, Skeate selected the Business Pathway to reveal all degree options at Highline under that category. From the options, she elected the accounting degree. 

The tool easily presented all careers under accounting, information about the general trade and future projections. 

There are six Pathways at Highline that are available to students, ranging from Arts to Health and Wellness, all of which Career Coach encompasses. 

College counselors are even seeing the resource applicable to high school students. 

"Students I see are at the high school level," said Jen, who did not wish to disclose her last name. "When students are unsure of what they want to do when entering Running Start, we use it to help pick a degree or pathway for them." 

Emsi has also taken to marketing their Career Coach at high schools. 

Students who are interested in jumpstarting their career can use Career Coach on the Highline website. 

Spring job fair to help students find work

Highline students will be able to network with professionals and meet with mor...


College tweaks policies on guns, booze, pets

Highline is in the process of changing some campus policies involving drugs, a...


Students like diversity but not long lines

Students say the healthy enrollment at Highline is simultaneously a blessing a...

Highline student dies from hiking accident

Memorial services for a Highline student who passed away after falling during ...


Students suffering from depression

It all became too much for Liz Bumpous. "I have depression and anxiety," said...


Highline alumni get political

The number of Highline alumni making their marks on local politics is increasi...


Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

Women's Programs giving tree brings gifts to children

The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

Academic Success Centers open house

The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.

Career Coach helps job hunting

New bill will help indebted students

Chorale connects through music

Women's basketball ready for playoffs

Spring history seminars on the horizon

Spring job fair to help students find work

Finals approaching, study right

Plunder the world in 'Sea of Thieves'

Women's fastpitch ready for start of new season

Students fight hackers in new competition

College tweaks policies on guns, booze, pets

'Black Panther' really claws at the heart

Struggles of musical genius makes for lovely music

Women's tennis team eyes title

Student committee seeks legislative action

Students like diversity but not long lines

The man who changed the war

Fashion, fun and rock 'n roll come into town

Men's basketball narrowly misses playoffs

Keywords important to get accurate searches