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College and Careers 101 for Teens

You've graduated: Now What? Whether you are thinking about going to college or joining the workforce, life after graduating from high school can be scary. From writing a résumé to landing that first job to knowing how to use social media responsibly in your job or college search, to applying for college and for scholarships, there is a great deal you need to know that may not be taught in your high school classrooms. If you are looking to enter the workforce after high school, due to a rapidly changing economy, what it means to search for a job has changed dramatically.

If you're a first generation college student like I was, you may feel that everything related to applying to and going to college is like a foreign language to both you and your family.  The process of applying for both school and scholarships, what kind of financial burden to expect, and what to expect from the college experience itself cannot always be learned from the wisdom of family members. Similarly, in a new economy, attractive careers now exist that simply were not part of the conversation ten, or even five, years ago. Some of these require college degrees, but many require specialized or technical training that can be found outside the confines of a four-year institution.

With this in mind, Richland Library Northeast is hosting a series of College and Careers for Teens 101 workshops to help better prepare teens and their families for life after high school, no matter which path they are choosing. This month, we will be creating a Vision Career board, which is a fun and constructive way of mapping out potential career paths. Latoya Jeeter, Career Counselor at Columbia College's Center for Career Coaching & Professional Development, will be presenting this fun and information-filled workshop on July 19th, at 3:00.Please register here or call 736-6575 with any questions!


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