March 22, 2017

University of Kentucky 1982 alumnus Dwayne Buckles was “stalled” in his career with a company “that really didn't fit the culture and interest I was looking for,” he said.

Buckles credits Job Club with helping him jump to that next stage in his career. Job Club is a collaborative effort between the UK Alumni Association Career Services, UK Human Resources Staff Career Development and the Fayette County Cooperative Extension, created to help those unemployed and under-employed with their job searches.

“Even though it took about 12 months to land a new job, the information I received from Job Club was invaluable,” Buckles said. “The position I was looking for was a higher level business development position and I was also switching industries which added to the length of my search. I believe what I learned about networking and LinkedIn directly contributed to me landing my job.”

Buckles is one of many who have been aided through Job Club, which was started to help job hunters get career counseling during the economic downturn in January 2013.

“The purpose of the Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn,” said Diana Doggett, Fayette county extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

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Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302