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Athletics & Beyond Career Exploration and Workforce Development is an essential program helping young adults ages 14 - 26 identify and pursue meaningful careers, develop their skills, and contribute to the workforce. These areas are critical for personal and societal growth. This is what we do at the Athletics & Beyond Family Wellness Center.

Career Exploration:

Career exploration is the process of discovering and understanding various career options, industries, and job roles. It's a crucial step in helping individuals make informed career choices. Here are some key aspects of career exploration:

  • Self-Assessment: Individuals assess their interests, values, skills, and personality to identify potential career paths that align with their strengths and preferences.

  • Research: Research various industries, job roles, and companies to gain insights into the requirements, growth opportunities, and work culture in different fields.

  • Education and Training: Determining the educational and training requirements for specific careers and identifying pathways to acquire the necessary qualifications.

  • Networking: Building professional networks by connecting with individuals in the desired field, attending industry events, and seeking mentorship.

  • Internships and Job Shadowing: Gaining practical experience through internships and job shadowing to get a feel for specific roles and industries.

  • Informational Interviews: Conducting interviews with professionals in target industries to learn more about their experiences and gather insights.

Workforce Development:

Workforce development focuses on preparing individuals with the skills, knowledge, and training they need to enter, succeed in, or advance within the workforce. It often involves a combination of education, training, and support services. Key elements of workforce development include:

  • Skills Training: Offering training programs to develop technical, soft, and job-specific skills that are in demand in the labor market.

  • Education and Certification: Providing educational opportunities and certifications to help individuals qualify for jobs in various sectors.

  • Job Placement: Assisting individuals in finding suitable employment opportunities that match their skills and career goals.

  • Career Counseling: Offering guidance and support to help individuals make informed decisions about their careers, set goals, and create career plans.

  • Employer Partnerships: Collaborating with local businesses and industries to identify their workforce needs and tailor training programs accordingly.

  • Support Services: Providing support in areas such as resume building, interview preparation, and job search techniques.

  • Adult Education: Offering programs to help adults improve their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as earn high school equivalency diplomas.

  • Economic Development: Supporting local economic growth and job creation initiatives to expand employment opportunities.

  • Retention and Advancement: Providing ongoing support to help individuals advance in their careers, such as offering opportunities for further education or skill development.

Both career exploration and workforce development are vital components in promoting employment, personal growth, and economic stability within a community or society. They contribute to a more skilled and adaptable workforce, which, in turn, fosters economic and social progress.

We help young adults succeed in life by providing support in choosing careers. Program members advance from Exploration - spending time shadowing various professionals to become more familiar with other career options to Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships through A&B are a structured form of paid career pathways that include work-based learning for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years old. If the program member finds a career that is interesting, it can help direct workshop, hands-on and real-world experiences. Apprenticeships have been shown to boost future workers' earnings and raise sponsoring companies' productivity levels.

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