CAREER ADVISEMENT AND TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS
J-Tech provides comprehensive career advisement and a transitional program to the workplace. Student advisors provide career guidance and assist students in developing a transitional plan to the workplace. Assistance with job placement is also provided. A current list of available positions is continually updated and accessible to all J-Tech graduates. The Outreach Coordinator, in conjunction with the Program Manager, will assist in graduate job placement.
One of the strengths of the J-Tech program is the integration into the daily curriculum the soft skills required for successful transition to the workplace. What are soft skills? Knowledge of expected work ethics, time management skills, the ability to communicate, problem-solve, and contribute to improving the work environment and customer service. Today’s employers are seeking employees that not only have the technical skill set for the job, but have the capacity to understand the work environment and contribute to the quality of service of a business. A recent survey indicated 75% of employers stated that soft skills were important, or more important, than technical skills.*
THE J-TECH TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM INCORPORATES THE FOLLOWING:
- Resume development.
- Learning to conduct a job search.
- Instruction and practice in the on-line application process utilized by most companies.
- Developing interview skills through mock interviews with corrective feedback.
- Emphasis on developing writing skills.
- Developing an awareness of the work environment and the soft skills that contribute to success and sustaining employment.
J-Tech offers a required course as part of the Automotive and Diesel Technology Programs in preparing students for transition to the working world. This course provides an overview of the culture of the workplace and prepares students for transition to the work environment. Topics include professionalism, leadership and team building, time management and organizational skills, internal/external business communications, and developing an employment plan. The employment plan includes targeting employment opportunities, practice in interview techniques, writing resumes, and mastering the on-line application process. An abbreviated seminar in workplace readiness is provided in the Commercial Truck Driving Program to ensure the students enrolled in that program are prepared for the transition to the commercial trucking industry.
*Seattle Jobs Initiative. (2013). The Importance of Soft Skills in Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success: Perspectives from Employers and Community Colleges. Author: Jennifer Pritchard.