Our SWFT  team works diligently to make sure you have access to a wide range of advising and career resources.  It is our mission to make sure you develop your skills in the classroom, and your ability to land a job in your field.  

SWFT Career Advising gives you access to information that can help start or reshape your career and provides you with avenues to receive career advising from human resources.

SWFT Career Focus

Check here for information on SWFT events and current initiatives.    

Employment Connections: Connecting You To Employers
Ace Your Job Interview - Workshop & Webinar

Employment Connections: SWFT is currently focused on making sure you are prepared to take advantage of career opportunities.  The department is currently connecting with employers who are interested in you.  Keep an eye out for email updates about jobs in your field.  If you need assistance putting together resumes or cover letters, please set a career advising appointment here

Ace Your Job Interview: This is a two-part webinar/live-workshop that will be facilitated by Dr. Valencia Moses.  The goal is to assist you in identifying your strengths, learning how to self-assess from a skills standpoint, and being effective at highlighting your strengths and skills when you land an interview.  To learn more about the facilitator (Dr. Moses), you can click here.  

In order to sign up and attend the webinar or workshop, please send your request by email (jmcclusky@parkland.edu), and use "Workshop Registration" in the subject line.  You should also indicate which two parts you would like to attend (times, dates, and formats shown below).  

Part I will be held on two dates (Sep. 29, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST - online webinar) (Oct. 1, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST - live workshop), with an option to choose the format that suits you best.

Part 2 will be an online webinar held on Oct. 6, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST.

The ongoing SWFT Career Workshop/Webinar series consists of webinars in the following areas:

** Video segments from these webinars can be seen on YouTube if you click here. **

Skills Identification  |  Job Search Strategies  | Resume Writing & Development

Interview Readiness  |  Remote Interviewing (plus HR Tips)                   

Remote Career Advising

You are currently able to set career advising appointments (SWFT Career Advising Sessions) with the career advisor via SWFT Bookings, which can be accessed by clicking here.  Career advising sessions focus on assisting you with identifying career opportunities, as well as facilitating your understanding of effective ways to land the job you are seeking.


You can follow these steps to setting up career advising appointments:

  • Visit the SWFT Bookings page using the ("clicking here") link shown here or above
  • Find an open time and schedule an advising session with the SWFT Career Advisor
  • Read the confirmation email for your scheduled advising session for additional instructions

Remote advising sessions will take place using Microsoft Teams.  You can access and use Microsoft Teams for free by visiting this website (https://teams.microsoft.com), or if you click here.  Once there, you will log in using your Parkland email credentials.  Advising sessions will be available at the time you schedule using Bookings.  Live appointment availability will resume once students and faculty are able to return to the Parkland College campus.

Academic Advising

You may also want to connect for assistance with questions about your courses and related content.  The Center for Academic Success (CAS) has academic coaches, tutoring options, and other academic support resources available to you for free.  You should visit the CAS Bookings site to arrange an appointment, which can be found by clicking here.  To see a more complete list of CAS offerings, please click here.  

Career Advising Session Preparation 

  1.  Identify the areas your career advisor can best assist you.
  2.  Be prepared to take notes.
  3. Take ownership of your career advising sessions and inquire about challenges you are facing.

Companies Currently Hiring

The following section contains companies that are currently hiring for positions that match Parkland's SWFT programs.  Note: this is not a complete list of companies that are actively/currently hiring.

In the state of Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker has facilitated the establishment of an online site (GetHired) to assist displaced workers impacted by the pandemic.  You may find this website useful in your career search.

Phlebotomists/Lab Assistants | Sterile Processing Technicians | Certified Nursing Assistants

Truck Drivers

Industrial Welding

Pharmacy Technicians

Office Assistant

Technical Support (IT)