Prepare for Beyond the Classroom
At JCTC, we believe preparing students for life after college requires meaningful personal connections and work outside the classroom. The CREW Career Center, as well as faculty and staff, have numerous resources to support this goal.
Understand the Job Market
JCTC students should understand the job market to know what jobs are available now and in the future; what skills are necessary for these jobs; the salary you can expect when you enter the field as well as in the future; degree or certificates you must have to qualify for the job; and professional associations related to the career field. Use these resources to learn about about the job market:
- Explore local, regional, and national job market and compensation information on ONET and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Use the NACE Salary Calculator to calculate the salary for your desired career.
- Use the Career Calculator to find jobs and education data for the greater Louisville area.
Develop Strong Soft Skills
Soft skills are those desirable qualities that apply across a variety of jobs and life situations—traits such as integrity, communication, courtesy, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility, and teamwork. Employers say that soft skills are just as important as hard skills. Follow the steps below to take full advantage of the resources on this website:
1. Click here to register on "Am I Job Ready?" You do not need an access code to register.
2. Complete the "Job Ready" section. In this section, you will be able to test your soft skills.
3. Complete "Develop Your Soft Skills" section. In this section, you will watch a series of videos in which you will learn about using and improving your soft skills.
You can also showcase your results on social media, including LinkedIn. Click here to share your results.
Network with Professionals
Networking is an essential part of advancing career goals. Graduating from college is just one part of working toward your career goals. You need to connect with others, be vocal about your interests and career goals, and build relationships with people who can share their knowledge. Review these activities to get additional information on several networking possibilities:
- Connect with a professional in an industry you are interested in pursuing and conduct an informational interview to learn more about the career field.
- Create a LinkedIn profile to network and connect with professionals in your industry. LinkedIn has over 100 million users and is the world’s primary professional networking website. Review the LinkedIn Profile Checklist (pdf) to make sure you have the best possible LinkedIn profile.
- Participate in volunteer work and co-curricular activities to gain related experiences in your career field and enhance your skills. Review the Volunteer and Co-curricular Handout to get started.
- Register for the E-mentor program to be connected with an employer in your industry for an online resume, LinkedIn, or career portfolio review. Coming soon.
Demonstrate Basic Computer Skills
When you are deciding on a career path, it is also important to strengthen your skills. Computer skills are critical in most occupations. If you need assistance with learning about Microsoft Word and PowerPoint 2016 or strengthening your knowledge in these areas, then view these interactive online training videos below. Contact JCTC's Learning Commons to learn when the in-person sessions of these trainings, and Windows 10, will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2016, which includes:
- How to format and structure a paper
- How to insert images and media
- Editing headers and footers
- Spelling and grammar checking
- Reviewing and tracking revisions
Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, which includes:
- How to add and edit slides
- Choosing a theme
- Using slide transitions
- Using animation
- Best practices for creating presentations