Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Job Seekers: Find your next career through free training and volunteerism. Become an LA Fellow!

Los Angeles Valley College Job Training is searching for unemployed men and women for the fourth class of the LA Fellows program. The program will provide unemployed individuals with skills training and volunteer opportunities while they seek full-time positions.

LA Fellows participants will be selected through an application and interview process. They will receive seven weeks of training at Los Angeles Valley College covering executive level topics including critical thinking, advanced job search skills, and how to generate effective business leads. In return, participants will volunteer their time and talents by sharing their professional expertise through project based roles at local nonprofits.

The LA Fellows participants will acquire new skill sets, encounter countless opportunities to network with professionals, and project a marketable career candidate impression while presenting a community-focused image.

We hope you can join us at our next orientation session on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:00am to learn more about the LA Fellows program and application process, and get your questions answered.

Orientation Dates and Locations

All orientation meetings will be held at Los Angeles Valley College at 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096. You may park in Lot B which is located at the corner of Oxnard Street and Fulton Avenue. Parking tickets will not be issued during the orientation meeting. You only need to attend one orientation.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
10:00 am
Faculty Lounge (located near the Cafeteria)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
10:00 am
Cafeteria Conference Room

Monday, April 25, 2011
1:00 pm
Faculty Lounge (located near the Cafeteria)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
10:00 am
Cafeteria Conference Room

An application is available online and you are encouraged to fill it out prior to attending the orientation – but it is not required to attend.

If you know other job seekers who might be interested in the program, please encourage them to attend.

For more information, please visit: www.lafellows.org.

Thank you,

Allison Deutch
LA Fellows Project Coordinator

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello and Welcome to Cohort 3

After a long interview and application process, we are pleased to officially welcome the outstanding members of Cohort 3 to the LA Fellows program.  Hailing from diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of industries, they already seem poised to take advantage of the training and skills they are learning in class.

We wish them well on their journey and look forward to their success!

Exciting News from Elsa Murillo

On Tuesday, we heard some fantastic news from Elsa Murillo of Cohort 2 that we couldn't wait to share.

Elsa secured employment in her targeted industry: Healthcare.  She will be working for a leading National laboratory services company that is focused on high science and innovative new products.

It is never easy to make a transition from one industry to another, but Elsa put in the hard work necessary to make this opportunity materialize.  We at the LA Fellows program celebrate this excellent news with her.

Congratulations Elsa!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Congrats to LA Fellow Nicholas Koutouras!

Nicholas Koutouras of Cohort 2 recently secured employment!  He is now a Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at a major National Bank.

Nick explained to his fellow cohort members that during his crucial last interview, the hiring manager wanted to know what he had been doing during his time off.  Without hesitating, and using the interview skills he had picked up during his training, Nick said that he had been taking part in the LA Fellows program.  He went on to talk about the volunteer commitment and how he was looking forward to helping out at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.  The hiring manager was so impressed that he had been taking part in a development program that fostered volunteerism, that Nick said he believes being an LA Fellow really helped him to secure his new job.

Congratulations once again to Nick Koutouras!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Above and Beyond!

When the LA Fellows begin volunteering at their Non Profit organizations, we always hope there will be a meaningful match on both sides.  Our Fellows hail from diverse backgrounds and their experience and career expertise cover a variety of industries, so it is always exciting when they are finally able to go out and demonstrate their skills to their Non Profit hosts.

We are proud to announce that JoEllen Krumm from Cohort 1 has just completed more than 278 hours with her Non Profit Organization, Valley Village.

Thank you to JoEllen for going above and beyond to help Valley Village with their mission to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities.

Way to go!

Two Weeks After

It’s funny, but since graduating from the LA Fellows a couple of weeks ago, I’ve never been busier!

Between (a little) online job hunting, (a lot) of networking events, (as many as possible) informational interviews and (a huge amount of) career development, I’m sure working will be a breeze compared to this!

We’ve been taught to keep the pipeline filled and make sure we’ve done a list of 25 proactive things, to think of ways we can become entrepreneurs, to build relationships and make sure everyone knows what we’re looking for.

I wish they’d taught me how to live without sleep.

But all of that aside, I am having a great time exploring companies and positions that excite me, finding places to get experience in my field, meeting and talking to people who have careers like the one I want and supporting my fellow Fellows in the same.

Today I submitted to an online magazine, published my first column on a hyper-local news site in LA, http://oncentral.org/news/2011/03/29/there-is-more-to-the-farmers-market-than-meets-the/ had an interview and followed up on some applications from last week, volunteered at my son’s school and at my church and worked at my part-time job.

What did you do today to advance your career? Do you know what to do? Do you know how?

There is one more Cohort this spring of LA Fellows coming up. Join us! It’s a lot more exciting than you might think!

Wendy Stackhouse, Cohort 2 and Blogger since 2005