Sabrina Lewis, a Communications transfer student, takes advantage of the resources MCC offers to help prepare students for today’s workforce, including Career Coach, an online resource to allow students and members of the MCC community access to skills that will help them become competitive in the economy, lead great careers and be successful in their professional journeys.
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In partnership with data company Emsi, Middlesex Community College presents Career Coach — an online resource to allow students and members of the MCC community access to skills that will help them become competitive in the economy, lead great careers and be successful in their professional journeys.

“Career Coach is a powerful tool to add to our resources for our current students and our prospective students and their families,” said Phil Sisson, MCC provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Career Coach provides helpful, user-friendly, career-assessment tools and detailed, real-time information on regional job markets, which will be invaluable to all of our students. We are pleased to be able to add this resource to further enhance career services at the college.”

The new program is part of the New England Board of Higher Education initiative at the college in partnership with Credential Engine. Career Coach is valuable for students who come to college undecided in their program of study or are still unsure of what career path they want to take, according to Sisson.

The partnership and program launch are intended to support the success of the students and the community Middlesex serves.

The program is also beneficial for adult-learners coming back to school to earn an Associate degree, certificate, or to take classes to jump-start a new career. For students who have been laid off or furloughed, MCC — and resources the college offers like Career Coach — can help get employees back on track.

Career Coach offers four essential functions to help narrow down programs of study to guide students towards successful and meaningful careers.

An assessment component offers three different questionnaires for students to explore their fields of study and work. Students answer questions based on interests and the assessment provides responses to connect those interests to matches in the workforce.

A career component lists current job descriptions prevalent in the workforce with such details such as career profiles, median salaries and required level of education. Careers are broken down into fields of interest to provide a wide-range of potential options.

Career Coach also provides a list of programs that MCC offers to help students find the best matched pathway based on interests and skills. MCC’s pathways offer a range of options, including Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health, Non-Credit Career Development, Public Service, Social Science and STEM. The program uses CIP-to-O*NET to connect programs with careers.

A resume-builder component helps students build professional resumes students can use as they apply to jobs or advance in their academic careers.

Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careercoach to get started with Career Coach. Email questions to MCC’s Office of Career Development at careerservices@middlesex.mass.edu.