The ACCC staff offers the following services:
- Initial intake to discuss current situation and career/life goals
- Administration and interpretation of assessments and inventories, which may be helpful in identifying interests, values and skills
- Guidance through the process of exploring various careers through Web searches and homework assignments outside of sessions
- Job-hunting strategies, interview techniques and assistance with the development of a resume and cover letter
The ACCC does not offer job placement and does not work with students of Oakland University. Students should go to OU's Career Services
Below are some scenarios to help you decide if you need our services.
I have been laid off and would like to find a new job in a similar field.
If you've been laid off, you can use our help in a number of ways. First, we would look at what your goals are, both long and short term. We would also work on updating your resume and refreshing your interviewing skills. We would need to identify skills that you used in your previous job that could be transferred to a new position.
I have been busy raising my family, and would now like to reenter the workforce.
One of the things that we would do for someone in your position is to identify your job skills by discussing them and administering various assessments with the intent of exploring potential areas of career interest. We would then update your resume and put your interviewing skills into practice. We would also teach you how to network with potential employers.
I'm new to the working world, and would like some help in deciding what I'd like to do.
Using card sorts, the Bridges computer program and through discussions we would identify your job interests, abilities and values. We would then create a resume and work on your interviewing skills. In addition, we would work on networking with potential employers.
I'm recently retired, but still want to work. I think I'd like to try something new and different.
In this situation, we would need to identify what the new roles in your life will be. We would then assess your ability to withstand the transitions you will probably go through. Using the Strong Interests Inventory and through discussions we would assess what your interests are, both related to work and non-work.
What are the benefits?
The advisors at the ACCC offer personality, interests, and skill assessments, as well as computer-based career resources to support your career decision-making efforts. These systems, in combination with discussion, will help you in self-awareness, career searching, identifying life roles, gathering career information, decision-making, education-planning, and writing resumes and cover letters.
Do I have to be an Oakland County resident or graduate of Oakland University?
No. The ACCC has served clients from throughout the Greater Metro Detroit area.
How much does it cost?
The services at the ACCC are at NO COST to members of the community.
Can you find me a job?
The ACCC is NOT a job placement service. We specialize in providing assistance in the areas of decision-making and devising a career plan.
What are the qualifications of your advisors?
ACCC Career advisors are graduate students and PhD candidates in the Master of Arts Counseling program, supervised by a counselor who has earned the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Career Counselor (NCCC).
How many sessions will I have?
The number of sessions you have will depend on your needs. On average, our clients can expect three to six sessions.
What are the hours at the ACCC?
Normally the ACCC is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.
How long does the appointment take?
Appointments are scheduled for 50 minutes.
Can I bring a friend?
We encourage you to share information about the ACCC with all your friends. To ensure that your friends get the most of their time, be sure to have your friend schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.