Young children begin acting out their futures through play with limitless imaginations about their talents and interests. As youth grow, teenagers inherit desires to self-explore while developing a unique definition of individuality. With self-exploration comes an increased expectation of responsibility and a greater understanding of one’s community, culture and society. It is throughout one’s adolescent years when career exploration becomes a decision-making process, which aligns values with talents in order to pursue a career that meets needs while also providing satisfaction.
Summer vacation is a great opportunity for teens to focus on career exploration.
Interview people who are employed in an occupation.
Job shadow someone in a career appealing to you.
Serve an internship or apply for a part-time job with a business or organization.
Volunteer with an organization, doing tasks relevant to your possible future career.
Attend a career fair or a job fair.
As you go about your exploration, be sure to pay attention to detail and take notes. Career decision-making will require a lot of personal reflection to best determine what opportunities are a good fit. Some things to consider include:
What personal characteristics, qualities, skills, and abilities are needed to work in this career?
What are two or more characteristics of this position that appeal to me?
Describe a typical work day or work week?
Would I enjoy doing this every day? Why or why not?
What steps must I take to prepare myself to work in this career (such as education, licensing, certification)?
What can I learn in school that will help me in this career?
What are the working conditions and physical demands of this career?
What are the benefits of this career (such as salary, health, and travel)?
What are future prospects and outlook for this career?
In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three youth say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.
That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to “Raise Your Hand” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
The state with the most hands raised will win $20,000 for their local 4-H programs. Help bring high-quality 4-H experiences to even more youth right here in Kansas!
4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to make a difference in their community. We’re asking you, friends and alumni of 4-H, to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Kansas!
“Voting” is easy – simply go online to www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand. The contest ends May 15, so Raise Your Hand now and select KANSAS.
Join the Post Rock Extension District at the Lebanon Community Library for Family Fun Night! Through playful learning activities, each child and adult will grow and learn together. Activities will be focused on young children ages 0-5 years; however, all children are welcome. Each child must be accompanied by a caring adult throughout the entire program. Questions? Contact the Lebanon Community Library at 785-389-5711. To learn more about this and other upcoming experiences, check out our website at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.
Nora Rhoades, Post Rock District Family and Youth Development Agent, is featured on Nex-Tech’s Extension Ed Talks. She provides insight about coping with tragedy in a world surrounded by a wide variety of technology and digital communication strategies.
Brainy Babies in an interactive child + parent story hour for children birth through age 3. Through playful learning activities, each child and adult will grow and learn together. The interactive series encourages and stimulates learning while enhancing the relationship between adult and child. Brainy Babies programs are scheduled to take place at the Public Libraries in Kensington and Mankato this winter. The Post Rock District is also involved with the Sprouts 0-3 program at the Osborne Public Library. For complete details about Brainy Babies visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.
Mankato Public Library
Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30
Kensington Community Library
3rd Monday: January 15, February 19 & March 19
The mission of the Better Brains for Babies initiative is to improve the potential of young children by promoting the use of early brain development research in everyday life experiences. Better Brains for Babies is a collaboration of national, state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children. The initiative began in Georgia, and has become available to Kansas professionals through a partnership between University of Georgia Extension and K-State Research and Extension.
Train-the-trainer participants will learn about brain development, adult-child interactions, toxic stress, and other elements of young child development. After completing the training, attendees will be eligible to disseminate information on early brain development throughout their communities. The Better Brains for Babies curriculum is a tool which provides a clear and consistent science-based message about the impact of early brain development on children’s overall growth and development.