LIMA — Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County job coaches are now on campus at the University of Northwestern Ohio, mentoring students through their job search and recruiting graduates for emerging careers in Allen County and beyond.
The partnership is the first of its kind in Ohio, granting Ohio Means Jobs recruiters direct access to UNOH students in a more personal setting than the traditional job fair or job board.
Job coaches will take on the role of university career counselors, assisting students with everything from resume writing to career development and job searches.
Joe Patton, executive director of Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County and the Allen County Department of Job & Family Services, said the new partnership will help the agency connect with college students who may be interested in starting their career in Allen County, adding more depth to the agency’s recruiting pipeline for jobs that require a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
Job coaches will also help students find jobs in other states or cities through LinkedIn and Indeed, Patton said.
The agency plans to maintain an emerging careers job board for UNOH students too, highlighting local jobs students may want to pursue.
“We’re hoping to capture some of the students with our low cost of living here,” Patton said.
The partnership follows a program pioneered by Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County in 2018, during which job coaches from the agency spent several hours each week in local high schools. The program allowed the agency to start recruiting high school students who planned to enter the workforce after graduation, while also exposing students who planned to pursue higher education to internship and early career opportunities available in the Lima region.
Tim Fitzpatrick, dean of the UNOH College of Business, Health Professions and Occupational Professions, said having Ohio Means Jobs job coaches on campus is an opportunity for students to identify jobs in their chosen field and an opportunity for the university to deepen its relationship with employers.