Discover how these three people landed their dream jobs

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Tyler Coan is an Automation Technician at UPM Raflatac.

Katherine Parnell stands outside in the woods. She's surrounded by children of all ages, clapping their hands at her. She eludes pure joy, as she spins in a circle, throwing her hands together and clapping back at the kids. The former theater education major is now the Kanuga Conference Center's director of Camp Bob.

"I love serving others and working in a non-profit," Parnell said. "So this was a perfect fit here in the mountains. I'm changing the lives of all the campers that are coming through our organization. I get to be who I am and help them become who they want to be in the future."

It's been said that if you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life. But what do you do when you just can't seem to find a job you love? Or worse…you can't seem to find any job at all?

NCWorks has made it their mission to help the people of western North Carolina find their mission. They assist local employers in finding the perfect employees and match job-seekers to employment in their industries (or into industries they want to switch to).

They offer simple steps to aid people in choosing a new career, changing careers or simply satisfying curiosity about other career possibilities. NCWorks has a formula for connecting the best people to the most-fitting industry. From there, they can browse job descriptions, find average wages and the skills needed for that particular position.

Take Tyler Coan, for example. He's an automation technician at UPM Raflatac who grew up on a farm, and knew he wanted a job where he could work with his hands. He went to technical school, interned with UPM Raflatac, got a degree in industrial systems technology and was hired full-time. Now, he's taking full advantage of the company's paid classes to further enhance his education and his career.

"I think it's easy to get your foot in the door at one of these facilities, and, once you get your foot in the door, growth is exponential. I truly think you can go anywhere with a manufacturing job here in Henderson County," Coan said. "I think it's important for young people, as well as older people who may be interested in starting a career over again, to know that they can grow."

Down the road from Tyler in Brevard, North Carolina is Layton Parker, the general manager and owner of the Hampton Inn. He loves that the hospitality industry is a not only a fun environment, but one with exponential growth opportunities.

"It provides many diverse entry points and the opportunity for people to either stay within the industry and advance to supervisor roles or be entrepreneurs or start new outdoor recreation businesses," Parker says. "It's a great place to enjoy working and have opportunities for advancements and new careers as well."

Katherine, Tyler and Layton are just three of the many North Carolina residents who love what they do. NCWorks wants to add you to that list.

To browse jobs that are hiring now, visit different career pathways and learn skills to best market yourself in a competitive industry, visit MountainAreaCareers.org. There's a team of skilled workers waiting to help you earn a steady living and advance your career.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Come to the NCWorks Career Fair!

Over 125 employers in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, skilled trades, tech and IT and more are offering thousands of career opportunities in Western North Carolina. Mission Help, GE Aviation, MB Haynes, Biltmore Estate, Epsilon, Home Trust Bank and Arcadia Beverage are just a sampling of the high-profile companies looking for candidates like you.

This event is free to employers and job seekers. Bring copies of your resume and come dressed for success!

When: April 10 from 11am to 6pm

Where: WNC Agricultural Center, Davis Event Center.

To learn more, visit MountainAreaCareers.org.

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