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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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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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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.

XAP at the National Career Pathways Network Conference – Our Goals and Progress

blogbannerrXAP’s Chief Product Strategist, Don Phillips, is attending the National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week. XAP is excited about our work with career pathways and the opportunity to learn more and share our ideas at the conference. We asked Don to put together a blog entry explaining what we’re working on. Look for Don at Booth 37 at the conference!

While the concept of career pathways has existing for a long time, numerous national and regional economic and social realities have made career pathways even more relevant and important today. Read more…