For anyone trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up, one career choice can be really overwhelming.
Often teenagers will listen to another adult’s advice before listening to their parents’ advice. So we like to offer some level headed advice on how to manage your career.
We start with a two hour session and ask that the youth return each year to update the plan and reflect on their experiences and how that might affect the career plan.
We have found it very helpful to set up a career plan that involves numerous career paths. The career plan involves focusing a career cluster on a set of transferable skills and building on that set to develop ideas for potential jobs, potential employers, and the education/training/certificates necessary to do that work.
Experience Working with Youth
Career Educator for Blade Runners, Nanaimo Youth Services
We created and facilitated 21-hour workshops on writing resumes & cover letters and on interviewing skills for high risk youth, who were out of school and attempting to enter the workforce in trades and construction. Workshops were hands-on and every participant finished with an individualized resume, sample cover letter, and practiced interview responses
Youth Career Educator for Comox Military Family Resource Centre
We developed and facilitated this 16-hour workshop on career development for youth. The workshop included identifying individual talents, resume writing, job search techniques, and informational interviews. A unique aspect of the program involved employers coming in to practice interviews with the youth and from that some were hired on the spot.