How to start a life skills career for teens and young adults: What to know and how to do it.
[Editorial] The life skills industry is thriving and is a great place to find a job, said Stephanie Johnson, executive director of CareerBuilder, an online career services company.
[The] career opportunities available in this industry are unparalleled, she added.
She recommends that teens and younger adults start their careers early and get as much experience as they can.
For some, starting a career as an adult will be a challenging task.
Young adults who are in high school, according to a recent National Center for Education Statistics survey, are the most likely to have trouble with getting a job as a professional.
The survey also found that, among those who have completed high school but have not yet finished high school: A quarter are unsure of whether they want to pursue a career in life skills and one in four is unsure if they will need to do so in the future.
The National CareerBuilder Association, a career services group, says that it works with nearly 40,000 companies to develop life skills programs for teens, and it is looking to expand that list to more than 30,000 in the next year.
“We are working to get a lot of that information into the teens and our clients,” said Ann Linn, the group’s president.
“They really need to be able to navigate the career pathways, because this is the best career path they will ever have.”
If you are in the labor market right now, and your job is not available because you are 18, or you are 17, or your job has changed, you can apply for the E-Hazard Career Opportunities program.
[This] program is a partnership with CareerBuilder that is working with more than 40,00 employers to provide a pathway for teens to become professional life-skills professionals, said Susan S. Karp, director of the EHazard program.
“This program allows teens to take advantage of the workforce opportunity available to them,” she added, and she added that the program is available to those who are working or looking for work.
You will be matched with an experienced career coach who can help you understand the career opportunities in this area and what skills you can bring to your new position.
The CareerBuilder program offers a $1,500 scholarship to anyone who completes its career skills program.
A student who qualifies through this program may start in the summer of 2020, according the organization.
[E-Hazards is a nonprofit organization that helps young people start careers and careers with a focus on life skills.]
What to do if you are unemployed or not looking for a job.
Start planning now.
Job seekers should prepare to take the first steps toward a career.
The job market is hard.
There are a lot more people looking for jobs than jobs available, said Joanna L. Raskin, the director of career services at CareerBuilder.
And if you don’t know where to start, the best thing to do is to find someone to work with to help you get started, she said.
“The first step to getting started is to make sure you are thinking about what you want to do for the rest of your life,” said Raskins.
“Do you want a career, or are you going to be a stay-at-home mom?”
Job seekers also need to prepare to work hard.
“You can’t have your career start if you aren’t making a lot,” she said, adding that job seekers should consider their family, friends and co-workers when they are considering a career move.
For more career advice, visit the CareerBuilder site.
[For more on teens and career readiness, see the video below.]
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