Career Development for Youth

— Written By Leah Joyner and last updated by Elisabeth Purser
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One of the many things 4-H helps youth do is find their passions that they can develop throughout their lives. When they reach middle school and high school, they can start using those passions as the fuel to search for suitable careers. In many activities we offer, we bring in guest speakers in different fields so young people can learn from their experience. 

Students taking picture with AwardOne program that we offer during the fall season is Beyond the Curve: Career Development which prepares high school students with the tools needed to research a career and develop the skills necessary to apply for a job. After they take a career assessment quiz to learn what fields of study would match their interests, they work on researching a career in that subject matter. They learn about goal setting, how to write resumes, communication and social skills, and applying for college and scholarships. At the end of the series, the participants take a trip to local colleges and universities in the area to get a sense of college life. It is a very fulfilling and sometimes eye-opening experience. 

Once they graduate out of the 4-H program and start thinking about college, NC State University has started accepting applications for Career pathways in Agricucultuyre for Community College Students. This program is designed to assist NC Community College students in exploring academic and career opportunities in food and agricultural sciences. Participants will be mentored by NCSU faculty, graduate students, and industry professionals in agricultural careers and career pathways. Applications are due January 21. For more information, visit under Career PACCS Application. 

If your youth is interested in discovering their passions and following their desired career path, consider signing them up for the 4-H Program. Contact us at 704-283-3740 or 704-283-3735.