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. 

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