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! But experts tell us the summer job market might be tight this year. Looking for some tips to pass along to your favorite job seekers? Here’s a typical message sent to Faith, XAP’s career and education advice columnist: Read more…
College is not the only route to a satisfying, well-paying job. Apprenticeship training, which allows you to earn a salary while learning job-related skills, may be a good option for your teen.
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?
Looking for a fun activity to try with your teen? Have you considered volunteering together? Teens who serve as volunteers benefit in the same ways as adults. They learn skills associated with the volunteer work they choose. Encouraging our teens to reach out and help others is not only a great bonding opportunity for you and your child, it can help their future. Read more…
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…
What are the odds I will be a professional basketball player/baseball player/hockey player?
A lot of students write to XAP asking about their chances of playing professional sports. And who can blame them? Read more…
“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.”
Great advice, Yoda gives. These words were first spoken a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — or on a movie screen in 1980, depending on your perspective — but they can be used in every part of life, including career counseling.
Not only is Yoda a quotable philosopher, he is also a great teacher. In fact, his relationship with Luke Skywalker is a good example of an apprenticeship program in action. Read more…
With an eye on college admissions, how can today’s students balance the demands of school, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs – and still fit in some occasional downtime? And what can parents do to help their teens manage their time?
Educational consultant Brittany Maschal says that while students should be encouraged to explore their interests, get involved with their community and be active, their focus should start to narrow as they move through the high school years.
As 2015 starts drawing to close, it’s time to start thinking about what lies ahead in 2016.
Well, in a perfect world, January 1, 2016, will be the day every high school senior sits down to file the FAFSA. After all, it’s important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Some schools and states award aid money on a first-come, first-served basis.