Workforce Wednesday: Youth career exploration
Getting the career of your dreams doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time, so it doesn’t hurt to get a head start.
Cari-Ann Ketterling with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), and Jesi Schwarz, a recent West high school graduate, joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about why it’s important for kids to start career exploration at an early age.
“Studies show us that students start deselecting careers as early as elementary school,” Ketterling said. “As soon as we can get them exposed to different types of careers and occupations, one of the greatest things we can do, no matter our occupation, is to have that one-on-one contact to expose students, to demystify some of the career options that are available to them. This helps them to choose activities that would be of interest to them.”
For kids to get a jumpstart on their dream career, parents are asked to call APICC’s Outreach Coordinator, Martha Peck at (907) 770-5250.