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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: At its inception in 1980, New Directions Career Center was the only organization dedicated to career development for women in central Ohio. We are change partners, encouraging indviduals to change their lives. We endorse and support efforts toward self-sufficiency, paid employment, and increased independence. Skills gained here are useful at work and home. We empower clients to knock down barriers to employment, face challenges to job retention and open doors to career advancement. We walk our clients, from wherever they are to where they want to go. In our 30 years of experience we have touched over 60,000 lives, including multi-generational families. Our programs build capacity to be resilient in the face of the changing job market. Lives get changed here. Our programs are overseen by licensed counselors and career development experts. Our cornerstone program is called, "New Directions", a four week program for women in transition designed to reduce barriers to satisfying, long-term employment and to guide clients in development of a career plan. Additional group programs exist which focus on everything from resume writing and job search strategies to networking and career change or advancement - and more. Graduates of our program may access Career Placement and Individual Career Counseling Services. We also offer monthly workshops which address a variety of topics including financial literacy, communication skills and life-long learning. We are a relationship-based organization. In any given year, we may have 250 or more volunteers providing over 2,000 hours of service in roles, such as: program faculty, guest speakers, committee members, board members, fund-raisers, event planners, office workers, etc. To ensure that we execute the best programs and services for our clients, the Center has been board-governed since its inception. Our board of community partners and business professionals is diverse by race, gender, religious and ethnic background, sector representation and skill sets. New Directions Career Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a diverse funding base. We assist individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

Geographic areas served: New Directions Career Center serves the central Ohio region and beyond. This includes Franklin County as well as its contiguous counties.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A genuine place for women in transition at any stage in their lives.
Remarkable faculty and programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got connected to New Directions Career Center through networking. I was searching volunteer opportunities I could get involved with while job searching. New Directions was a great fit.

I got involved quickly teaching classes for their clients Networking, Resume Development and internet job searching. It was great way for me to reach out and help others and still keep myself motivated.

Their clients are fun and motivated. I enjoyed talking having the chance to help people and share my expertise.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After getting laid off, I was at a networking meeting where a New Directions staff member presented info about the organization. Immediately I knew that I wanted to help. I found the staff to be friendly and committed to helping their clients. I was honored to be able to help the clients in their journey to find meaningful employment.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Directions has a program which educates participates on career options. Part of the program is a session with a panel of employers. We discuss the types of jobs we offer and the opportunities in the market. We also provide tips for a professional job search. I have been volunteering since 2006. It has been a wonderful experience to share my insights with those that have a desire to learn. New Directions makes this exchange possible. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer for this program, but I am seeing wonderful support in this community for people involved in a job search and the need for "hands on help." Everyone is professional and dedicated to finding all avenues available for enrichment, guidance, and empowerment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at New Directions Career Center in 2008. I immediately felt comfortable with the professional staff and the clients they serve. I help out with conducting mock interviews, and teaching classes on effective interviewing, resume writing and cover letters. The clients are always eager to learn and open to advice for their job searches and career advancement. I usually meet the clients after they have ompleted the program and find they are extremely well prepared to begin the next phase of their professional lives. It is exciting to see their enthusiasm and self confidence. As a former recruiter in the local Columbus market, I find that everyone is very professional and prepared for interviewing and securing a new opportunity. I look forward to my continued work with New Directions in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Directions Career Center provides comprehensive career counseling to individuals, mainly women, and is staffed by licensed counselors who assist clients on an individual basis. The center offers several programs to individuals in transition, regardless of ability to pay, including an extensive 4-week program entitled New Directions. Since 2008, I have volunteered and, most recently completed an internship at the center. In leading/observing such classes as Communication & Assertiveness, Computer Basics, Goal Setting, Understanding Your Career Personality, Identifying Work Values and Networking and Informational Interviewing, I have observed many lives changed, barriers to employment successfully eliminated and economic independence achieved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with NDCC since 2006. I teach different classes on such topics as: communication and assertiveness skills, networking, and informational interviewing. I also enjoy delivering the graduation speech. As a former graduate of a similar program, and someone who now works as a professional career coach, I have found these programs to provide invaluable training to the community. They help individuals to secure not just employment, but positions that will enable them to become economically self sufficient.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Center for New Directions for going on 5 years. My work with the organization is very meaningful. I teach a course on “Feeling Fear and Getting the Job Anyway”. I am always so grateful for the work that New Directions does. I wonder what the woman who participate in the programs would do without the Center to help send them on course. The women need so much and I do believe the Center for New Directions provides invaluable guidance and direction. I am always welcome as a volunteer by the staff and participants and all the details for my meetings are well planned and coordinated. This is simply a terrific organization whose mission I cherish for helping people who need so much. Please let me know how I could be of greater service. Merry P. Korn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a guest speaker for this program since January 1999. As a professional speaker, I motivate and inspire the women to cope with change and deal with their adversities. I also encourage them to continue their education as they work towards their careers. The class sizes are small and the women seem to bond strongly in a short period of time together. Based on their interaction in class, they are supportive of one another and sympathetic to the problems of their classmates. Occasionally one of the women that was in my class will come up to me in the community and say hello. I am always pleased to know that their life situation is better than when I first met them in class. The people who ask me to speak to the classes are very professional. They are also protective of the privacy of each person in the class. During class discussions, the students share what they have focused on in the various class sessions and refer to their resources given to them in the class. They have a "can do" spirit and a sense that life will be easier in the days ahead. They have always spoken highly of this program and are grateful that they could be a part of it.