Category Archives: Career Exploration

Dear Faith, I want to find my first job this summer.

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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Case Study: XAP’s Career Pathways Work in Colorado

XAP’s current Career Pathways Initiative is a collaboration with our clients at College In Colorado and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. We have posted a case study describing the legislated challenges faced by Colorado and how XAP is helping address the needs and meet the goals in the areas of outreach and marketing of career pathways for student and adult career exploration and planning.

To learn more about how XAP can help with your career pathway program objectives, contact XAP at 800-281-1168 to learn more about our innovative solutions.

New Skills For Youth

The New Skills For Youth Initiative, Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

This year, a multi-disciplinary team of organizations created a new initiative which aims to create opportunities for economic success for those without high school degrees, and those who have graduated but do not have sufficient skills to begin a meaningful career. The New Skills For Youth (NSFY) program was created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and Education Strategy Group, and is funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Help Students Fall in Love With Their Career Plans

It is Valentine’s Day soon, so we’re going to hear a lot about love — whether we want to or not! There are many catchy phrases about love: all you need is love; love makes the world go around; love is friendship set to music.  In fact, some of the best quotes with the word “love” are actually about careers. A good one is from Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” In other words, if you love what you do, every day will be like a holiday. Isn’t that a great goal for students?

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Opportunities and Aging: The Bright Side

2016 has arrived. And no matter how many “get healthy” resolutions we might make, we can’t escape the fact that we will all turn another year older in 2016. Whether or not we publicly admit to having a birthday is another matter…but one thing about birthdays is they come around every year, no matter what we do.

In fact, the North American population is growing older. That’s largely because of the baby boomers. There are 76 million baby boomers in the U.S. Those baby boomers are getting older every year, even if they never tell anyone.  The result? The American Association of Retired Persons says the number of Americans over 65 will double in the next 30 years. Read more…