All posts in category Youth Employment

What is the Mosaic Economy?

A couple of years ago I wrote “The Mosaic Economy,” exploring the question “where are the jobs in today’s economy?” I like to describe the economy as a “mosaic economy.”  The economy is clearly not made up of just one source of jobs, but many different sectors that come together.  Rather than an economy in […]

Youth Development and Summer Jobs

A reflection on the concept of “youth development” in the context of youth summer jobs ….. The concept of Youth Development is used to design youth programs through a positive lens, viewing youth as positive assets to the community and understanding the positive experiences that contribute to personal development.   Youth development theory emphasizes the idea of […]

Creativity + School-to-Career Experiences

At the May 19th Massachusetts School-to-Career Connecting Activities conference, school partners in the Massachusetts Creativity & Innovation grant program displayed the projects that they have developed.  Displays included projects about robotics, design & innovation, math, physics, biology and the arts.   Participating schools have designed curriculum that engages students in “design thinking” and in the opportunity to experiment, tinker […]

First Career Steps Survey: Career Development Opportunities

What are schools in your community doing to help students explore career options and plan for the future?  How could your community do more? The First Career Steps Survey asks students about the career exploration and planning activities they have done, as well as asking an open-ended question about what their school does that is […]

Seven Skills for Parks and Landscaping

What are the skills learned in jobs and internships in parks and landscaping?  How can summer jobs in park maintenance and landscaping be designed to help youth build skills and explore career options?  What types of projects and tasks enhance learning?  Here is an example of seven skills, with associated tasks, taken from a sample of […]

First Career Steps Survey Results: Building Confidence About the Future

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In 2012, the Skills Library launched a survey called “First Career Steps Survey.”   Since the survey launch, over 2,500 students have taken the survey.   The original survey was shared with Massachusetts students through a network of career programs.  Since then, the survey remained online and has been “discovered” by many different schools, programs and […]

Seven Skills for Arts Internships

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What are the skills learned in arts-related internships and summer jobs?  How is the practice of creativity and artistic skills in a professional art studio different from in a classroom setting?  What are the practical skills used in careers in the arts? Internship experiences in the arts can allow students to work with mentors on arts projects — learning about the […]

Seven Skills in Graphic Design

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Many students use graphic design in their work-based learning experiences, both as the primary focus — in graphic design internships — and as a key skill within internships, summer jobs and student-led projects in the arts, community service, entrepreneurship, journalism, education, museum work and other fields. Students may be engaged in creating logos, signs, brochures and […]

Seven Skills for Fashion Internships

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In honor of Boston Fashion Week* here is a feature on skills for fashion-related internships.  Examples of fashion-related internships (from sample Massachusetts work-based learning programs) include: Working in fashion retailing. Working as an intern in a fashion design setting. Working in a student entrepreneurship program focused on apparel and jewelry design. Helping to teach in a sewing program for […]

Seven Skills for Physical Therapy Internships

A physical therapy intern has an opportunity to become familiar with professional skills used in a physical therapy clinic while providing support for the staff and patients through a variety of office and clinical tasks. Interns can become familiar with office procedures, including record-keeping, scheduling and billing, with equipment operation and maintenance, and with clinical […]