Dear Faith, I want to find my first job this summer. But all the ads I see are asking for experience. How am I supposed to get experience without experience?

Dear Faith,

I want to find my first job this summer. But all the ads I see are asking for experience. How am I supposed to get experience without experience?

Sincerely,

Wanna Paycheck

Most of us know a student who wants a summer job this year. After all, summer jobs are a great way to break into the working world! This is a typical message sent to Faith, our career and education advice columnist.  Here’s her answer:

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Job Application Lesson Plan

As spring turns to summer, many students are thinking about earning some money by taking on a summer job.  Help your students understand the basics of a job application with this lesson plan.

This lesson plan and many others are part of the career and college readiness curriculum found in the Resources section of the Professional Center.  There are six units with 10 lessons each.

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Postsecondary Planning
  • High School Academic Planning
  • Financial Aid Planning
  • Job Search
  • Lifelong Portfolio

The lessons can be taught individually or sequentially — whatever works for your situation.

Stop Summer Slump by Taking Action in the Spring

What grows in the winter, but dies in the summer?

If you answered “students’ interest in planning their future,” you’ll want to continue reading! You may have noticed that as the weather heats up, students’ motivation to think about college and careers melts like ice in July. (And if you don’t know the real answer to the riddle, that’s a hint!)  Spring is a tough time to keep students motivated. Read more…

The Value of Course Planning

Why do I have to do this now? I am only in ninth grade. How am I supposed to know I want to do?

Faith, our career and education advice columnist, received this question the other day.  It’s a common concern. After all, the world is changing quickly – what’s the point of making plans? Popular culture tells today’s students YOLO, live for the moment, and carpe diem – it’s easy to see why students question the value of making plans for the future. Read more…

Love and Careers: A Quiz

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Confucius

XAP’s products place a lot of emphasis on finding a career path that students will love by connecting their skills and interests to possible careers. And, because sustaining love takes some work, we give them the tools to make those plans a reality.

But students can also learn a lot on our sites about the careers that make love happen. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled a quick quiz on romantic careers. You can find out more about each of these careers in our career planning products.

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