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Empowering Millennials for College and Career

Careers Research Topic Guide Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

Careers Research Topic Guide Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

Millennials face different hurdles than their parents when it comes to college and career. Careers requiring college educations are highly sought, but for some, financing a $100,000 education just isn’t plausible. It’s hard to logic moving hundreds or thousands of miles away to pursue opportunities that may or may not lead to steady careers later on. That being said, it’s important for millennials to build skills and know how to leverage skills and experiences to land jobs and thrive in them. Traditional 4 year universities, vocational schools or community colleges offer opportunities to gain skills but they need not limit themselves to these choices.

Millennials may need to go beyond traditional strategies and explore new pathways to career readiness:

“The world has changed from when we were kids. The sentiment ‘it’s a competitive market out there,’ means that your children need to be creative and think outside of the box when looking for work experiences. To help them come out on top, we must first inform them of all the options that are available to them. Then we have to expose them to real world opportunities and experiences that will help them decide what pathway they want to follow and will ultimately help them come out on top of the crowd.”–4 Things Parents Should Know To Help Children Navigate Today’s Job Market, Career Cruising Blog

Professional experiences–including but not limited to internships, temporary work, part-time or full-time jobs and volunteering–all serve as valuable stepping stones to future career paths. Experience is key. To succeed as adults, children and teens can discover lessons from their mistakes. They can learn what they like and dislike by exploring different industries. The more skills, experience, and industry intelligence they gain, the more they will be ready for the rest of their lives.

On the pathway of knowledge, learning can guide the career inquiry process. ProQuest understands how to simplify the research process so that students of all ages can not only feel ready for college and career but can also be empowered to select their next pathway. ProQuest learning resources offer a wealth of information to explore a myriad of industries. Need a place to start on a career pathway? Try the eLibrary Research Topic Guide: Careers.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Even though American women graduate from college in larger numbers than men, they fall behind when it comes to degrees in some of the fastest-growing and most lucrative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering DAy

Sarah McIlroy, an engineer at Sacramento’s Stantec offices, talks with her Brownie troop about engineering careers as part of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” (Credit: Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee/MCT)

According to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Labor, while women make up 58.1% of the overall workforce, they are much less represented in particular engineering occupations. For example, just 22.3% of chemical engineers are women; 17.8% of industrial engineers; 13.1% of civil engineers, 8.8% of electrical and electronics engineers; and only 5.5% of mechanical engineers. In an effort to prepare more students for the high-tech workforce of the future, a growing number of women who have advanced into high-profile, high-tech positions are emerging as a force aimed at unleashing the untapped potential of girls and encouraging them to follow in their footsteps.

In 2001, the National Society of Professional Engineers, IBM, and the National Engineers Week Foundation first collaborated in a joint effort to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. On February 20, 2014, as many as one million girls and young women around the country will have the chance to be engaged and mentored by women engineers and their male counterparts in the 13th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Many businesses, libraries, universities, community groups and other venues will offer lab tours, on-line discussions, presentations, equipment demonstrations, workshops, job shadowing, films, guest speakers and interactive, hands-on activities to highlight career opportunities for girls interested in engineering fields.

Educators can look to SIRS WebSelect for resources and information to support Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. If you would like to help girls learn how exciting and rewarding an engineering career can be, check some of the web sites listed below:

Engineer Girl

Engineer Your Life

GirlGeeks

Girls Who Code

eLibrary gets the JOB done!

K12 teachers, and the librarians who collaborate with them, are seeking current and authoritative information on occupations, to support a common assignment in US schools. eLibrary has that information and the ProQuest editorial team even organizes it in visually compelling and time-saving Research Topics. There are nearly eighty Research Topics offering carefully curated and vetted eLibrary content about the most commonly-researched occupations. Perform a search on “Firefighter” and the Research Topic offering current, relevant content about firefighters appears above the results list.  

But, how does a teacher or librarian quickly demonstrate to a student patron the breadth and depth of our Research Topic coverage of this range of occupations? Until now, it wasn’t easy.  

ProQuest editors have come through again, solving this dilemma by creating a ProQuest Essentials Topic Guide for the topic of Careers. Think of it as an Research Topic directory of Research Topics. Users can easily find this meta-document by performing a query on “career”, “careers”, “list of careers” or “career list.” Or you can browse the alphabetical list of Essential Pages under the letter “P”.

For more about eLibrary’s Research Topics, formerly known as Essential Pages, take a look at this informative overview.

–Larry Wilkner