2011 is coming up fast. Now booking presentations.
The high rate of teen and young adult unemployment is only partly due to the bad economy. Our youth can still find good jobs, achieve their education goals and build satisfying lives. But, these accomplishments won't happen without hard work.
My presentations will educate about the causes of high unemployment and what young people can do to beat the odds.
Knowledge is power: too many young adults have had their career dreams ambushed by obstacles that could have been anticipated.
Teens, parents, teachers, counselors and community members must get up to date at warp speed about the challenges to achieving their personal and professional goals in the second decade of the economically tumultuous 21st century.
If you'd like to book a presentation, workshop or longer training, do get in touch:
My talks, workshops and trainings are customized to a group's interests and its member's curiosities about the issues of teen and young adult career choice and job search. But, listed below are a few that have been so well received that they are worth repeating.
High School Matters - From a career development perspective, the four years of high school are consistently underutilized. This is unfortunate for many reasons. Chief among them is that high school may be the only time when young people have all the time they need to explore all the jobs that interest them. While parents are paying the bills is the best time to explore careers and make a detailed plan for post high school success.
Why 15? - Research has shown that 15 is the best age to begin developing teens career maturity. Learn high school students can do each year to develop achievable career plans.
Don't Settle - Who wants a half-life? Passion, interests and what you enjoy matter greatly when picking a career, changing jobs or careers and even in volunteer work. The old dichotomy, do something you love or do something practical that will bring a paycheck is no longer valid (if it ever was). When connected with activities that excite, people come alive, accomplish amazing things and earn quite a bit of money too.
What's Going On? - Over 17 million college graduates are working at jobs that don't need their level of education. Half of all recent college grads are getting jobs they could have gotten right out of high school. Some high school drop outs are earning more than high school grads. Learn the trends that have made this happen and how young adults can still achieve their education goals without going broke.
Cost: Depends on travel expenses and type of presentation (keynote, workshop, etc.)
Carol is a frequent speaker at youth leadership, career and professional conferences. Her information about helping teens and young adults transition successfully from school to work is also sought by schools, parents, youth mentors and community groups.
In addition to keynote talks, Carol has a special gift for creating interactive presentations for teens, parents and educators that cover the basics career planning topics and are fun too.
Carol enjoys participating in fundraisers for libraries, community youth programs and workforce related school or county programs.
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“The impact of Carol Christen’s presentation at St Cuthbert's College, Auckland New Zealand was immense, and all positive. Carol’s breadth of knowledge and range of experience saw her share invaluable insights into the journey young people embark on through school toward the world of future study and work.
“… her real strength was her ability to capture an audience’s attention: parents and adolescents hanging on her every word. Carol’s infectious love of life and warmth coupled with a most credible research background makes it impossible not to sit up and listen. At times you could hear audible sighs of relief for parents and students alike as Carol debunked myths about career planning and took the fear out of considering the future.
Especially encouraging was Carol’s emphasis on not seeing the first post-school destination as one that would set a student’s future in concrete. Her gentle, gracious encouragement of the young to celebrate the fabulous world that lies ahead and to seize opportunities without hesitation or fear was empowering. Equally her interest in the parenting process and empathy for parents watching their children evolve saw parents nodding as she spoke.
“It was a privilege to host Carol at our school and our doors will always be open to her in the future, should we be that lucky that she ventures this way again.”
—Jenny Scott, Career Counselor St. Cuthberts College Auckland, New Zealand