Career Preparation

Finding work that’s right for us and makes us happy is important because the reality is that most of us will spend the best part of our day on the job. What careers are out there? What career is a good fit? What kind of education will I need? How do I prepare for finding and keeping a job? If these are questions you’re asking, 4-H’s career preparation opportunities, through events such as Exploration Days, can help you find the right path. 4-H also offers help preparing for the job market, through skills such as resume writing, interviewing, networking and more.

Go to the 4-H career preparation page to learn more.

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  • Has summer sidelined the soft skills of youth?

    December 12, 2014 | Thomas Long | Many teens lack the soft skills needed to succeed in life. MSU Extension and 4-H can help!

  • Learning about health services on college visits

    December 12, 2014 | Frank Cox | Consider taking a visit to the health centers to learn about the different services that are offered.

  • Speaking with confidence: go ahead and smile!

    December 12, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | Smiling is a life skill that can be connected to confidence and success. Learn to speak with confidence by exploring the five Ss successful lawyers master – smiling is one of them!

  • Youth and careers in agriculture

    December 4, 2014 | Beverly Przystas | Youth who grow up on the family farm may choose to stay there. However, 4-H provides opportunities to learn and explore additional choices in an agriculture related field.

  • Learning about counseling services on college visits

    December 4, 2014 | Frank Cox | Consider taking a visit to the counseling centers during college visits to learn about the services that are offered for personal and emotional support.

  • Has a child asked you where money comes from?

    December 3, 2014 | Beverly Przystas | Youth in grades 3-5 may begin to start thinking of money management and ask, “Where does money come from?” Learn about resources that can help answer that, and other questions.

  • Free or low-cost resources to teach money management concepts to youth

    December 1, 2014 | Laurie Rivetto | Adults do not have to be an expert in financial education to help youth learn about money management topics with these helpful free or low-cost resources.

  • Two types of career exploration

    November 28, 2014 | Dave Radloff | To effectively pursue career exploration, an individual should explore both their internal and external environments. The Build Your Future curriculum offers youth this opportunity and provides resources for exploring and developing a career path.

  • HOT TOPICSpending wisely during the holidays

    November 25, 2014 | Debra Barrett | The holidays are a good time to review the importance of budgets.

  • Career exploration theories

    November 25, 2014 | Dave Radloff | What is the most effective method for youth to explore careers? Research indicates that in addition to exploring their own interests and aptitudes, youth in a career exploration process must also identify goals and develop steps to achieve them.

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