This month’s post is from Linda Engelke,Young Adult Librarian at the Paul A. Biane branch of the Rancho Cucamonga Library.
I recently completed a series of career workshops for teens called “Careers in the Real World.” It was developed through a grant from the California State Library to help teens get a more up-close and personal look at a variety of career paths. The grant allowed me the funding to prepare surveys, pathfinders and other documents as well as pay for paper, printing and marketing. I was able to ask professionals in different career fields to volunteer their time to speak to the teens at one of the career panels.
Working in partnership with the school librarian at one of our local high schools, the program set up four career panels that presented to teens at the school library. The career paths we chose were Education, City Government, Emergency Services and Health Services and I had specialists in those fields come into the school to tell teens about their jobs. The success of these panels in this pilot program will allow us to continue the project into the future – looking at more career possibilities and possibly involving other high schools in the area.
At this time I am compiling the statistical data and correlating the students’ comments to get a more detailed account of the impact of these workshops on the teens who participated. I had over 200 teens participate in this program over the four career panel discussions.
Below are links to copies of my documents that may be useful for others who might want to try this program.