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What do you want to be when you grow up?
It’s a question adults ask kids from the time the little ones can talk. If you know a young person, ages 14-21 , who is exploring interests and possible careers, Arapahoe County is offering Career Discovery sessions for no cost.
“We’ve had a great turnout the last few years and we’re expecting a lot of young people to register again this year,” said Nikki Holliday, Youth in the Works supervisor. “We conduct career assessments using the Colors personality test, which is a fun and fast way to offer career guidance which matches your personality and interests.”
With the Colors assessment, there are four basic personality types which are identified as Green, Blue, Gold, and Orange. This assessment helps job seekers identify their top talents and focus on jobs that will capitalize on their strengths.
The Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center in Centennial is offering the sessions next week. Young people have the opportunity to learn about careers in information technology on June 4, healthcare on June 5, hospitality and retail on June 6 and the energy sector on June 7. Holliday said that “industry-growth data” was used to determine the categories for the sessions that are being offered.
“We focus on growth industries — the career fields that will be need skilled employees in the future,” she said.
Career Discovery is part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, a program that helps youth ages 14-21 to learn essential employment skills. In each two-hour session, participants will learn about the specified industry and the demand for skilled workers in that field. Youth will hear directly from a panel of professionals about the career steps and education required for an array of careers in their industry. Attendees also will take a personality assessment to learn how suited their traits are for certain careers.
“The Arapahoe/Douglas Works! workforce center can help youth and adults alike to explore any industry, so they can make informed decisions about where to apply for a job, what to study in school or what type of degree or certification to pursue,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen. “Youth who attend the Career Discovery sessions will benefit from an extra level of insight by hearing from professionals about their real-life experience in a career field of interest.”
To register for one or more sessions, click here and go to Upcoming Events or call 303-636-1260. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.