Welcome to Great Careers Groups
The Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group (PAGCG) is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based nonprofit organization in the Greater Philadelphia Area, NJ, and DE offering over 750 to 1000 events per year and meetings are currently all online during COVID-19.
You must RSVP typically on two links to participate in our meetings: the bitly link for our Salesforce and the meetup or perhaps a host link.
Opportunities and Sponsorships
Recognizing that the organization requires funding and not all services can be free, we will:
- offer enhanced services for a membership fee
- partner with experienced qualified subject matter experts for some paid workshops with revenue sharing
- will offer accelerator group boot camps on career topics
- will offer webinars and/or workshops (live) and record them for later use
- will offer instruction and make it available online at a future time
- will offer advertising and sponsorships
- will seek grants and corporate funding encouraging corporate social responsibility
- Our ED was awarded the Q3/2014 Innovative Award from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors
- Our ED was awarded the Empowered Woman Award from the Chester County Women’s Commission in 2014
- Our ED was nominated for the Extraordinary Woman Awards in the State Senator Warren Kampf’s 157th District in 2015 and 2017
- Our ED was awarded the EveryDay Hero Award by TE Cares in 2017
- Our ED was awarded the Citadel Community Hero Award through a nomination by RSVP in 2019
- Our ED was awarded the Community Enhancement Award by the YWCA Tri-County Area’s 25th tribute to Exceptional Women
- PAGCG was awarded 1st place as the Best Networking Group in Montgomery County by Montco Happening
- PAGCG was awarded the SCORE Small Business Award at the in 2020
Everyone deserves an opportunity to earn an income.
Great Careers Groups Mission
To provide professional development through career education, resources, support services, and networking connections to individuals, including veterans.
Who We Serve
PAGCG serves individuals in career transition who may be employed, unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, or military veterans seeking career assistance. PAGCG also serves the employed, self-employed, solopreneurs, and small business owners with career management tools and resources.
Whenever possible, we focus on the underrepresented, those unique in entering the civilian workforce, and the disadvantaged (including minorities, gender identity populations, veterans, and those impacted by ageism).
Our Value Proposition Statement
We empower an inclusive and diverse multigenerational workforce to optimize the evolving workplace and gig economy through awareness and preparation.
We serve the area workforce and create alliances with businesses and nonprofits to empower everyone who wants to earn an income, including:
- workers in transition
- first-time job seekers
- career professionals
- The underrepresented
- The disadvantages
- Others who are less resourced
as they seek employment, advancement, reinvention, or changes in their career.
We do this using
- proven education and support methods
- tapping into the best resources available to us
- taking advantage of new technologies and methods as they emerge
- and continual measurement of our successes and reviews of our ‘lessons learned’
- Our core services of non-speaker Career Success Groups are free to all
- We embrace the diversity of the workforce
- We acknowledge and respond to the individuality of each person and the unique needs of each organization we serve
- We seek to serve all appropriate geographic areas within the metropolitan area
We provide support to individuals seeking help with career transition (jobseekers, the underemployed, and entrepreneurs) and career management (self-employed and employed).
We strive to provide free and affordable resources, professional services, and tools for improving employment marketability and opportunities.
We do this through:
- Career Success Meetings
- Career Education
- Expert Speakers
- Social Events
- Purposeful and structured networking
We seek to add value without regard to an individual’s financial resources using free resources and volunteers wherever possible.
Build & Enhance Your Network
It is important to connect with people and engage in networking.
Join the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group (PAGCG) meetings if you want to network with anyone who may attend our meetings. We are an all inclusive, diverse, and equitable organization and our meetings are open to everyone and we support veterans.
Learn better networking techniques. Develop your personal brand. Perfect your elevator speech. Build a more effective resume. Create a one-pager. Move your resume past applicant tracking systems.
Our membership resources can help you navigate through your career transition or career management updates with expert advice and valuable resources.
The volunteers and leaders of the organization curate the best of the best and make them available to you. That saves you numerous hours in researching and wasted efforts.
Leverage Your Network with Members
Who Are Great Careers Groups Members?
Great Careers Groups members include those in career transition, employed professionals, and self-employed entrepreneurs, and business owners.
Members work in a variety of industries.
For Those in Transition
Great Careers Groups provides employment information, access to tools to accelerate your job search, support, and guidance.
For Currently Employed Individuals
Benefits include access to employment opportunities and tools for accelerating a job search and for career management. There also is the opportunity to help companies identify highly qualified candidates, and to assist others in their job search.
For the Self-employed and Business Owners
Benefits include potential staff, partnerships or clients, and an ability to help others achieve their career and other life goals.
Attend One or More Career Success Group Meetings Weekly or Monthly
Great Careers Groups have Career Success Groups, which meet weekly or monthly in various locations. Of course, members are encouraged to attend as many events and meetings from neighboring Career Success Groups as they like, including the Nonprofit Career Network Philly chapter, which is focused specifically on people with an interest in nonprofit careers, volunteering, and Board positions.
Great Careers Groups History
The Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group was established on April 7, 2010 as a meetup group by Eric Kramer and Ford Myers.
On August 4, 2015, the meetup group was given to Lynne Williams to run with 1722 members and 8 Career Success Groups..
In December 2015, Lynne Williams consulted with a nonprofit attorney from Chester and Delaware County SCORE for advice on how to turn the organization into a nonprofit and Lynne worked on the plan and ideas throughout 2016.
In January 2017, a Master’s Degree Change Management class at Immaculata University led by Sam Talucci, DMan, PCC, took Lynne Williams on as a client to help transform the sole proprietorship and meetup group into a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit. Students from Vanguard, Comcast, CHOP, and other organizations worked on various components including bylaws, roles and responsibilities of Board members, the organization chart, filing of the 1023, offer letters to potential Board members, and coaching an about-to-be Executive Director who had no prior nonprofit experience other than as a volunteer.
The IRS approved the 501(c)3 status of the organization on April 18, 2017 and the first Board of Directors meeting occurred on June 11, 2017 with six board members and Lynne as Executive Director.
In April of 2019, the Nonprofit Consultants Network Philly merged with the organization to become the rebranded Nonprofit Career Network Philly chapter.
In the fall of 2018, a volunteer began building the Salesforce CRM for the group.
By April of 2020, the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group Meetup membership had grown to almost 4500 members. The Board of Directors of the Business Executives Networking Group (BENG), a 501(c)4 nonprofit, a national organization of mid to senior level management, proposed a merger with the Great Careers Groups with its own members and alumni of 1800 and 16 active and 3 inactive chapters in 8 states and the merger announcement took place on May 1, 2020, increasing the Board of Directors to 13.
What Should I Bring to a Great Careers Group meeting?
- Copies of your One-Pager to share, if desired (see FAQ page for example)
- Table-tent card with your name on it (comes as part of the Bronze membership)
- A name tag to wear (comes as part of the Bronze membership)
- 3 to 4 copies of your resume or CV
- If you represent a business, bring business cards and/or brochures
What is offered through the Great Careers Group?
Career Success Groups without speakers are networking meetings. They offer you the opportunity to get dressed and ready to stay in a routine as if you were going to work with other professionals. You practice your elevator pitch and get feedback, share accountability in what you did in your job search last week, what you will do in your job search this week, share networking contacts with other attendees, find a potential job search accountability partner, and learn about upcoming events.
Career Success Groups with speakers are networking meetings where you get to introduce yourself and state what you are looking for and what your target companies are in addition to learning from a career expert on a topic of interest. The topic could be related to career transition for jobseekers or career management for employed or self-employed individuals.
Hands-on workshops and seminars on career education topics are available for working adults who have a desire to learn as a life-long learner. Topics are presented by subject matter experts related to career transition for job seekers and career management for employed or self-employed, solopreneurs, or small business owners.
Interviewing Techniques seminar and follow up one on one mock interviews provided by one of our most-esteemed and most appreciated volunteers, Leslie Segarnick, otherwise known as The Interview Doctor.
Socials are organized to bring members and guests together for informal networking and we sometimes have a silent auction as a fundraiser to support the organization.
Job Search Accelerators for focused classroom instruction on four career essentials – resume. LinkedIn, Elevator Pitch, and Networking. These workshops are provided by themselves or during a full day, typically on a Saturday. Many employees are downsized and do not get outplacement services and need small group pricing with some individualization to help them get their career documents optimized.
Veterans Career Success Groups provide veterans intense workshops that are strictly limited to veteran attendees for support with their transferable skills and preparation of their career documents.
Veterans Career Information Panels provide veterans and military spouses the opportunity to attend a small career fair, learn from veterans who successfully made a career transition to corporate positions or entrepreneurship. This is hosted by Penn State University Great Valley in Malvern or at the Navy Yard with additional volunteer support from the Alumni Association and My Career Transitions.
We bring programming into many libraries: Chester County Library in Exton, PA, the Central Free Library BRIC in Philadelphia, PA, the Andorra Free Library in Philadelphia, PA, the Phoenixville Library in Phoenixville, PA, the Spring City Library in Spring City, PA and many other locations that provide meeting space to our nonprofit pro bono. Meeting space is also provided by Northwestern Mutual in King of Prussia, PA; American Executive Centers in Plymouth Meeting and Malvern, PA; PA CareerLink in Norristown, PA; The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Mutual of Omaha in Blue Bell sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, Lansdale School of Business in Lansdale, PA and we gather at other coffee shops or public locations.
How Can I Best Take Advantage of the Career Success Group Opportunities?
- Become a Bronze Member
- RSVP on the Salesforce bitly link or host link
- RSVP on the meetup
How Can I Volunteer to Help Within the Organization?
Paying it forward is the foundation of the Great Careers Groups’ success. Whether you view it as good karma, payback for the benefits you have received, or just want to be part of the greater good, we welcome you to take a more active role.
Fill out the form at http://bit.ly/PAGCGVolunteer On LinkedIn, you should have a “-present” job in order to find a job so you may volunteer for our organization to ill in that gap.
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