College Offers Easy Way to Chat Online with a Career Counselor
Butte College has added a time and money saving service for its students and the community with its Online Live Chat “Ask A Career Counselor.” The new service provides a career counselor for online real-time chats regarding career assessments, goals, opportunities and career training and degrees and is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 – 3 p.m.
“The idea is to offer a flexible way for students and potential students to get career life planning assistance without having to come to the campus for a meeting,” said Debbie Bachman, Butte College Career Counselor. “I love to meet with people in person and sometimes that is necessary, but not everyone needs or wants an individual appointment; but they do need information or assistance.”
Bachman said the online support is especially convenient for those with quick questions and those who live far from campus or have a work schedule which precludes them from meeting during regular business hours. It also allows Bachman to serve more people. While each chat is private and confidential, the Career Counselor is able to work with multiple people simultaneously.
“I can chat with several people at the same time so I can help more people,” she said. “The chats may be as quick as one question and one response or may take as long as 20 minutes. Sometimes I’m chatting with two or three people at the same time.”
Requests range from asking for information about choosing a college major or study program to questions about what careers one can get with a specific major to questions about what licenses, training or certificates are necessary for a particular career.
“My goal is to answer their questions or refer them to the appropriate resources and counsel them in how to best use those resources for their needs,” said Bachman.
If students are unable to get online during the live chat times, they may send an email with their questions. Those emails are answered within 24 hours except on holidays and weekends.To access the Ask A Career Counselor Live Chat visit http://www.butte.edu/careerservices/.