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~ Career Clarity Pod will provide customers with specific knowledge of career path options ~

 TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) is holding a demonstration for the news media and invited guests of a new resource called the Career Clarity Pod for career seekers.  The demo will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, starting at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CSTB Tampa Center located at 9215 North Florida Avenue.

The Career Clarity Pod  is in a focused area of the resource room located in the Tampa Center.   The Career Clarity Pod will allow individuals to explore different careers, identify the career path they want to take, help them increase their marketability, and connect them to employers.

“The Career Clarity Pod is especially a wonderful area for people just wanting to explore a new career,”  said CEO John Flanagan.  “We also are focusing the area on industries that we need to fill in Hillsborough County.  The Virtual Reality tool gives people a personal touch to exploring a potential career.”

The following tools and resources will be available to customers:

  • Virtual reality career exploration tool
  • Career Pathways Portal (which can also be found at this link:

https://careersourcetampabay.com/job-seekers/career-pathways or www.CSTBPathways.com

  • Industry insight videos into different careers
  • Skills assessments and review
  • Tools to review industry-specific employment opportunities in Hillsborough County
  • Career connection sessions led by industry experts

This new section of our resource room will help connect customers with knowledge about different career paths and the top career industries in Hillsborough County:

  • Healthcare & Life Science
  • Information Technology & Call Centers
  • Logistics & Manufacturing
  • Trades & Transportation
  • Education, Finance, and Professional Programs
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Retail

The virtual reality (VR) tool will provide career seekers with hands-on simulations showcasing different career paths and allow them to understand their career options through an interactive experience. Career industries available to explore with the VR tool include manufacturing, warehousing & storage, skilled trades, public safety, hospitality & tourism, diesel technology, aviation maintenance, electrical construction and automotive.

“Virtual reality makes a great tool for exploration of in-demand careers in a safe, very realistic environment,” said Paul Casebolt, the One Stop Operator. “We had a Veteran who was a welder complete the virtual reality module for welding and he said it was very realistic.”

Individuals or groups who would like to schedule a time to explore a career in the Career Clarity Pod you can contact Paul Casebolt at [email protected].

MEDIA HANDOUTS:

Clarity Pod walkthrough: https://youtu.be/ydMu104PzRA

Clarity Pod b-roll: https://youtu.be/Ll3sfn57PHo

 

About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $26,386,241.

CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 173,319 services to 37,054 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2019-2020.  CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our five career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates.  We work closely with all Veterans.

Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services that include recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network to learn more, visit www.careersourcetampabay.com.

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