Learn About the World of Work
What’s it like out there? The workplace today is a place of great change. How do you find our way and navigate the complexity and unpredictability of careers, companies, employers, industries and the work environment. Here are some useful tools to help you as you are moving forward with your personal career development.
1. Informational Interviews
Speak with someone successfully working in the field you are considering. One of the most effective ways to find what it’s like to work in a specific occupation. Meet with one of our career coaches to go over some guidelines, sample interview questions and strategies for a successful informational interview.
2. Mock Interviews
Some of our career coaches, advisory board members and faculty may be able to help you practice for interviews. Our Communications Lab can assist you with your public speaking and presentation skills: http://www.rrcc.edu/communication/comm-lab
3. Explore Careers
Find out about occupational descriptions, salaries, requirements, education and outlook for the future.
Here are some useful websites:
- ONet: www.onetonline.org
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco
- College In Colorado: www.collegeincolorado.org, (create and account and log in)
- Colorado LMI Gateway: www.colmigateway.com/vosnet/Default.aspx
- City Town Info: www.citytowninfo.com-careerstories
Glassdoor: www.glassdoor.com, (see link on this website for full access)
Develop Employment Skills:
Work with one of our career coaches to develop your resume, learn the power of networking, learning about companies and organizations and developing interviewing skills.
4. Internships and Experiential Learning
Internships enhance the education of Red Rocks Community College students by placing students in work experiences related to their academic major or minor. The staff of Internship Services works closely with students and employers to match students’ skills and classroom training with positions in business, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The Internship Program also works directly with faculty to ensure that internships meet the educational needs of our students.
5. Create a LinkedIn Account
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com - has become the professional social media of choice for career networking and for employers to explore potential employees. Attend a LinkedIn workshop or meet with a career coach to learn about LinkedIn’s potential. After creating an account and developing your profile be sure and join the Red Rocks Community College Alumni LinkedIn Group.