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  We are looking forward to working with you.


TO BECOME A MEMBER

Please enroll in one of the Info Sessions listed below. You will receive a confirmation email with a conference call number and PowerPoint. 

TO REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP

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Guests are invited to enroll in public programs.

Alumni will need to register for programs as guests. Prior passwords are no longer valid.

Covid Protocol for Wednesday In Person Programming:

  • If Vaccinated: present your CDC vaccination card prior to building entry.
  • If Unvaccinated: Provide Covid PCR or Rapid Test dated 72 hours prior to building entry.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.

For assistance contact us at 312-906-9908 or info@ctcchicago.org


Upcoming events

    • 12/06/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Virtual (By Conference Call)
    Register

    OUR MISSION: To empower professionals to find meaningful employment.

    This meeting provides an overview of HOW we do this at the Career Transition Center.

    CTC staff will introduce our unique "team-based" approach to career transition services including all the resources and ways we support professionals to navigate to new careers and jobs: including weekly coaching, training, peer support and access to new networks.

    We serve diverse professionals whatever your current job status may be: 

    • un-employed, 
    • under-employed, or 
    • un-fulfilled, i.e., seeking to change from a job you already have.

    We look forward to meeting you and learning about your career goals and needs.


    • 12/07/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom Link Sent After Registration)

     Developing Your Emotional Intelligence (EQI) Assessment and Debrief

    Led by: CTC Coach Jessica Worny Janicki, Founder and Owner, JWJ Consulting LLC

    ATTENTION: You Must Pay and Take Assessment by December 1st to Attend the Debrief.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to EQi

    Research says that EQ awareness and development is a differentiating factor for upwardly mobile employees and business owners.

    CTC offers this sophisticated program and assessment, the EQi 2.0. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence will go deep into the five dimensions of emotional and social functioning and their application in YOUR job search and career management. Expect to set initial developmental goals through an action plan, and interpret your individual EQi 2.0 assessment.

    If you have any questions about accessing the workshop please contact:

    Tracy Patton, Client Services Coordinator (Cell: 312-882-3089 or info@ctcchicago.org)

    Blanche Roberts, Program and Coaching Director (Cell: 773-983-1369 or broberts@ctcchicago.org)

    Anita Jenke, Executive Director (Cell: 708-785-1938 or ajenke@ctcchicago.org)

    • 12/13/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Virtual (By Conference Call)
    Register

    OUR MISSION: To empower professionals to find meaningful employment.

    This meeting provides an overview of HOW we do this at the Career Transition Center.

    CTC staff will introduce our unique "team-based" approach to career transition services including all the resources and ways we support professionals to navigate to new careers and jobs: including weekly coaching, training, peer support and access to new networks.

    We serve diverse professionals whatever your current job status may be: 

    • un-employed, 
    • under-employed, or 
    • un-fulfilled, i.e., seeking to change from a job you already have.

    We look forward to meeting you and learning about your career goals and needs.


    • 12/13/2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom Link Sent After Registration)
    Register

     Building Skills # 3: Networking: An Essential Tool for Career and Life

    Led by: CTC Coach Libby Smoler and Marketing Specialist,

    University of Chicago (MBA Programs)

    Networking is a critical skill to develop for job search and ongoing career success - in truth, we believe it is essential for work and life! Yet, it is one of the least understood (and most feared) of all professional skills.  This session helps CTC clients gain insight, perspective and practice useful techniques for better, more effective networking. You will also learn how networking is used throughout all the stages of career transition: Discovery, Planning, and Action.

    What Clients Say:

    "I would strongly recommend this class to any of my peers."

    If you have any questions about accessing the workshop please contact:

    Tracy Patton, Client Services Coordinator (Cell: 312-882-3089 or info@ctcchicago.org)

    Blanche Roberts, Program and Coaching Director (Cell: 773-983-1369 or broberts@ctcchicago.org)

    Anita Jenke, Executive Director (Cell: 708-785-1938 or ajenke@ctcchicago.org)

    • 12/15/2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Either via Zoom or at 703 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register

     BOTH meeting options  available:

    Join us In-Person (711 West Monroe) or via Zoom

    If you chose to come in Person - Covid Protocol:

    If Vaccinated: present your CDC vaccination card prior to building entry.

    If Unvaccinated: Provide Covid PCR or Rapid Test dated 72 hours prior to building entry.

    Masks must be worn at all times.

    For assistance contact Anita Jenke, Executive Director at 312-906-9908 or acjenke@yahoo.com

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    The Secrets to Successful Salary Negotiations

    Led by: Sue Schmitz CTC Coach and Principal Greener Pastures Career Consulting*

    How should you answer the salary question on online applications? What do you say when asked about your compensation requirements during a screening call with a recruiter? And, what can and should you do to negotiate a fair compensation package before finalizing an offer?

    These questions, along with how to determine what’s a reasonable ask, where to go for salary information, and how to negotiate the best total compensation package including what other benefits can be negotiated, will all be discussed in this workshop. Be sure to come prepared with your questions!


    * CTC Coach Sue Schmitz bio:

    Sue is the Principal of Greener Pastures Career Consulting where she helps professionals of all ages and passions successfully navigate their careers. Prior to becoming a Career Coach, Sue spent 20+ years in marketing, working for Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, dot.coms and non-profits.  Sue transitioned to higher education and career advising in 2015 as the Associate Director of Student and Employer Engagement at Northwestern University’s Medill School. There she coached everyone from college students looking to build their first resume and LinkedIn profile when applying for internships and graduate school, to successful alumni looking to make a strategic career move.

    Sue loves sharing her personal professional experience and many contacts with others in an effort to help everyone find a career/job they enjoy as much as she enjoys Career Advising.

    Sue holds an MA in Integrated Marketing & Communications from Northwestern University, a BA in Journalism, focusing on Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from DePaul University.

    Her volunteer work includes currently serving as a coach and mentor to a first generation college student at One Million Degrees and Mentoring a young man aging out of foster care for Let It Be Us.


    • 01/14/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom link sent after registration)
    • 3
    Register

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER and TAKE ASSESSMENT (and Pay) is January 7th

    CTC StrengthsFinder (VIRTUAL Zoom) Workshop Intensive. 

    Led by: Bliss Hanson, CTC Coach, CliftonStrengths (Strengthfinders) Facilitator, and Owner BHF Coaching

    NOTE: It’s called INTENSIVE because the workshop debrief lasts 4 hours!  And by ZOOM.

    Yet, do not fear – it is very informal and overlaps with a “working lunch” – so please feel free to bring yours.

    You also will have time to work alone in the workshop and privately with Bliss.

    Workshop Description:

    People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life. - Gallup

    You may think you know what your strengths are, but putting them into words – and more importantly, to action – is critical to landing meaningful employment. The CTC StrengthsFinder Virtual Zoom Workshop Intensive is built around StrengthsFinder 2.0, created in 1998 and rooted in more than 40 years of research, this assessment has helped millions discover and develop their natural talents.

    The Intensive provides a unique opportunity for CTC clients to move through discovery to intentional planning and action. Don’t waste any more time with a scattershot approach to your search.

    Led by CTC Coach Bliss Hansen, participants will use the “power of the group” to illuminate their strengths and how they work with others.  In order to accommodate our new reality of social distancing, the Intensive has been reworked using the full versatility of Zoom so participants can feel just as engaged as if they were in person.  The VIRUAL Intenstive includes break-out sessions, a working lunch, and private access to the facilitator in real time, and other engaging tools and features.

    StrengthsFinder Assessment is ideal for professionals who:

    • Career Changers
    • Re-launchers (Those returning to work after extended time out of workforce)
    • New Professionals
    • Headscratchers (Unsure on direction)
    • Stuck and Stalled
    • Passive Job Seekers (Employed)
    • Unfulfilled and Uninspired

    The StrengthsFinder Virtual Zoom Workshop Intensive includes:

    • Access to online StrengthsFinder assessment
    • Interactive, 4-hour group Zoom workshop
    • One (1) individual coaching session post-workshop (to be completed within 3 weeks virtually)

    As part of this experience, you will:

    • Identify and understand your Top Five Strengths
    • Develop strategies to maximum your strengths on your resume, LinkedIn profile and value statement (verbal introduction)
    • Create success stories to support your strengths

    Client feedback:

    "Bliss is in the right career! Her five strengths were spot on. She was excellent at listening and summarizing back to us."  

    Clients who have registered and paid for the workshop will receive instructions on how to access and complete the StrengthsFinder assessment the Monday prior to the workshop. Clients must complete the assessment by the Thursday evening prior to the workshop so they can download it and email it to the facilitator the day before so she may review it. The facilitator does not have access to the online version.

Past events

12/02/2021 VIRTUAL: Discovering Your Path to Meaningful Work PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/30/2021 VIRTUAL: Need Upskilling? MicroTrain presents: Apply for a Federal Training Grant PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/29/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
11/19/2021 VIRTUAL: Clifton StrengthsFinders GROUP Intensive Workshop PUBLIC
11/18/2021 VIRTUAL: Building Skills # 3 Networking: An Essential Tool for Career and Life PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/15/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
11/12/2021 VIRTUAL: Mastering the Art of Informational Interviewing PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/11/2021 VIRTUAL: Secrets To Successful Networking – Even During a Pandemic! PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/11/2021 VIRTUAL: An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EQI) PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/10/2021 OPTIONS - IN PERSON or Virtual: SELF-TALK Matters: How the Messages We Carry Impact Our Job Search and Life PUBLIC WORKSHOP
11/08/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
11/01/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
10/21/2021 VIRTUAL: "Ultimate" Job Seeker Skills – Novel Ways to Research Your Next Position PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/19/2021 VIRTUAL: Managing Your Finances in Uncertain Times PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/18/2021 VIRTUAL: Building Skills # 3 Networking: An Essential Tool for Career and Life PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/18/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
10/14/2021 VIRTUAL: "I'm Not Done Yet!" - Seeing New Possibilities for Your Next Career PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/13/2021 NEW DATE: IN PERSON ONLY: Moving Through Change with Confidence PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/12/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
10/08/2021 VIRTUAL: Clifton StrengthsFinders GROUP Intensive Workshop PUBLIC
10/06/2021 IN PERSON ONLY: Over 40 and HIRED! PUBLIC WORKSHOP
10/05/2021 VIRTUAL INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
09/30/2021 VIRTUAL: Make the GIG Economy Work for You PUBLIC WORKSHOP
09/28/2021 VIRTUAL: New Beginnings: ONBOARDING - Your Next Transition PUBLIC WORKSHOP
09/21/2021 Your Step-by-Step Guide to An Impactful LinkedIn Profile PUBLIC WORKSHOP
09/20/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
09/13/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
09/10/2021 Strong Interest Inventory Assessment GROUP Intensive PUBLIC WORKSHOP
09/07/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
09/06/2021 CTC Closed Due to Holiday - Labor Day
09/01/2021 Building Skills # 3 Networking: An Essential Tool for Career and Life PUBLIC WORKSHOP
08/23/2021 Need Retraining? MicroTrain presents: Apply for a Federal Training Grant PUBLIC WORKSHOP
08/23/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
08/16/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
08/12/2021 Re-energize your Job Search/Transition: Build in PLAY! PUBLIC WORKSHOP
08/09/2021 INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
08/05/2021 Building Skills # 3 Networking: An Essential Tool for Career and Life PUBLIC WORKSHOP
06/27/2021 TEST PUBLIC WORKSHOP - For USER TESTING
06/26/2021 TEST Info Session - For USER TESTING
04/01/2021 Spring Gala


The Career Transitions Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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Office: +1 (312) 908-9908

Email: Info@ctcchicago.org

Address:

703 W. Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60661

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