Career center helps provide direction

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Kenai Peninsula College Career Center saw many positive changes in 2003 and is looking to improve even more in 2004.

"We are working to increase our responsiveness to the broad needs of our community, as well as to the particular needs of under-served populations within our community and the ever-changing job market-economics in our region," said Krista Timlin, Career Center coordinator.

Timlin said the Career Center, the Job Center in Kenai and the Student Services at the Kachemak Bay Campus of KPC are partners committed to work force development locally.

"We are currently working together to determine where our services are redundant and where they complement one another, so that we may combine efforts to most effectively serve the residents of the Kenai Peninsula," Timlin said.

The Career Center's primary focus is on potential, present and past students, but it will provide service to the general public, as well.

"We get some unemployed people like students who haven't worked yet, people that have been stay-at-home moms or divorcees that are forced to go back to work," she said.

However, Timlin said the Career Center also serves a number of people already in the work force.

"Some may be people who are in a field that is dwindling or who are in jobs that aren't plentiful," Timlin said.

"We also get a lot of people in a state of transition. They want to do something different than their current line of work, but they're not sure what."

For those uncertain about what direction to go in, the Career Center provides personal assessments.

"We create customized reports. Then we try to match a person's potential occupation with their interests and skills," Timlin said. "My focus isn't just to find a job for a person, but to find the best job for them."

She said it's important to provide people with the best information possible, so they can make good choices about their future.

"People find out what they want to do, what they need to get there and then the tools to do it," she said.

The tools she is referring to are numerous. The Career Center can help with resume and cover-letter writing, job search letters and applications.

"We can help people who have never written a resume or improve their existing resume to target their specific goals, rather than just being broad spectrum or generic," Timlin said.

The center can help with interview skills, common dos and don'ts, as well as how to practice and prepare for questions that may be asked.

"We can also provide resources for at home research, such as a listing of 25,000 college catalogs and Web sites," she said.

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