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Welcome to Southwestern's Career Center!

Meet our staff.

Our experienced career coaches help you discover your interest and identify skills, explore careers, see what credits you've earned so far can apply towards, help you write resumes, do mock interviews, and find jobs and apply for them. Each member of our staff have access to school, community and state resources that help you get your career on track, but they also have specialities that may suit you best:

  • Forrest Akers, 541-888-1647, specializes in education and career path navigation for non-traditional and ESL students
  • Tina Carpenter, 541-888-1622, our co-located SCBEC career specialist, can access additional state resources for you
  • Teri Grier, 541-888-1620, is focused on the skills and preparation for landing the job after training

Come see us in Southwestern's Stensland Hall next to the Bookstore!

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When you are ready, come see us in Stensland Hall, inside Student Services.  
 
 
If you used  the Oregon Career Information System in high school, you should connect with the more advanced version of it through our partner Southcoast Business Employment Corporation!  We will get you into the advanced version that allows you to explore job interest and skills that map to post-secondary programs, schools, and scholarships along with valuable tools for planning your life beyond your educational path.
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Career Blog:

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  • 07/18/2016 in Live It Blog

    Checklist for Developing Strong References

    BY Teri Grier SOUTHWESTERN Oregon Community College Professional references are often an overlooked part of the job search process. This is unfortunate, because prospective employers place a lot of weight on what your references say. It is important that you spend as much effort selecting and developing your references as you do preparing your application packet. What do employers look for from a reference? Who might be a good reference? How do you approach potential references? Do you contact...
  • 06/16/2016 in Live It Blog

    Ten Tips for Turning an Interview Into a Job Offer

    In today’s competitive job market, only the best candidates are invited to interview for a job. The average number of people who apply for any given job is 118 . Statistically, twenty-percent of those applicants get an interview, but repeatable anecdotal evidence puts the number of interviews over applicants at a much smaller number, usually only 3-4 people, because organizations don’t have time availability to interview more. Needless to say, then, making the most out of every interview...
  • 05/25/2016 in Live It Blog

    Do You Know Your Networking Style?

    It makes a difference in your work life. By Teri Grier Southwestern Oregon Community College When students first begin college, they may think that obtaining their degree will be enough to have the kind of career they want. While earning a degree is a huge accomplishment, other factors play a huge role into getting not only the first job, but all jobs after. Who you know can be a big part of it. How you utilize who you know is an even bigger part of it. In a National Public Radio interview...
  • 05/06/2016 in Live It Blog

    Powerful Tools for Overcoming Nervousness or Fear of Speaking or Performing in Public

    Great tool for managing nervousness before, during and after interviews too! By: Teri Grier Southwestern Oregon Community College Harvard Professor, Psychologist and Author, Amy Cuddy advocates that “Striking a Pose” is a way to shape your emotions rather than your emotions shaping you. Her recently released book “ Presence ” expands on the concepts she introduced in her popular 2012 TED Talk, “ Your Body Shapes Who You Are” . She begins by telling her TED Talk audience to “Fake it until you...
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