Find solid career guidance for teens
Try these three key suggestions:
USE FREE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES. MyNextMove.org is a flagship in murky waters that helps users make and anchor promising career choices. Next, scoot to another federal website, O-NetOnLine (onetonline.org) where you'll click on "Bright Outlook" listed under the "Find Occupations" section, and then select "All Bright Outlook Occupations."
READ WHAT COUNSELORS READ. College Spotlight, a publication of College & Career Press in Chicago, is a highly respected counselors' newsletter that's published nine times a year. Available only in an electronic format, College Spotlight delivers up-to-date reporting on career-related education resources that high school students need to make promising choices. A few capsules taken from the current issue illustrate. You can read the entire nine-page issue free until May 15 at collegeandcareerpress.com.
-- College offers free tuition: Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is offering free tuition to any student who is accepted in the next three years. Current tuition is $26,500, or over four years, $106,000.
-- Genomic Careers: The website Genome.gov/GenomicCareers, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, provides an overview of more than 50 careers in genomics, including bioinformaticians, biomedical engineers, clinical cytogeneticists, environmental geneticists, forensic investigators, genetic counselors, genetics engineers, genetic nurses, nanotechnologists and reproductive veterinarians. For each career, an overview of job duties, the employment outlook, educational requirement, and earnings are provided.
-- Private nonprofit: PublicServiceCareers.org is sponsored by three professional public service organizations. It provides information on education and careers in what it calls the new public sector -- government, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, consulting, contracting and academia. The site offers an overview of the educational credentials needed to enter these fields (a bachelor's degree for certain positions, but more often a master's of public administration or a master's of public policy), information on internships, typical career paths and profiles of workers in public service careers.
-- U.S. Army, Marines to downsize: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) plans to cut the number of military personnel in the Marines and Army to reduce costs. The DOD plans to reduce the Army from 570,000 members to 490,000 in the next five years, with the number of Marines being cut from 202,000 to 182,000. This will translate into more selective criteria for admission for aspiring recruits. Visit Todaysmilitary.com for detailed information about careers in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.
DEAR JOYCE: As a first-time job hunter (after 13 years at one workplace), I could use some help in making a list of websites to look for job listings. Thank you. -- M.J.S.
Alison Doyle, About.com's accomplished guide for job search, has done the heavy lifting on your question. Doyle names the best sites to find job listings on job search engines, job boards, company websites, niche job sites, social media and professional networking sites, as well as for jobs listed by type of job seeker and location. Search for "Job Listings Directory jobsearch.about.com." Your thanks go to Alison Doyle for saving you hours of research.
(E-mail career questions for possible use in this column to Joyce Lain Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org; use "Reader Question" for subject line. Or mail her at Box 368, Cardiff, CA 92007.)