Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want

Need a little good news?  An article from Forbes offers some.  

"The hiring picture is improving for the college class of 2014. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 8.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2013."

The article goes on to list the top college degrees and skills employers are looking for in students.  Don't know what you will want to major in?  You might look at the list and see if one of the top ones is of interest to you.  That would be a great start!



Monday, October 20, 2014

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Books

Teens' Top Ten List from YALSA
Each year in April the 'Teens' Top Ten' books are announced.  I (Mr. Jones) am using the lists to select new books to order for the Media Center.  I can't wait to see how YOU like them.  Here is a little more about the lists...
"The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week at; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week."
To see the 2014 years list was was announced in April and earlier years, visit the Website.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where the jobs are: Hot prospects for college grads

USA Today report on choosing the right field in college
(photo source: USA Today)

It may seem a little early for high school students to think about what to major in college?   It really isn't though.  You certainly don't need to WORRY about it while you are in H.S. but it doesn't hurt to think about it and to learn about options whenever you have the option.  
Many COLLEGE students, themselves, struggle with their choice of major and it can be quite frustrating.  It can also be quite expensive (more about that later).
Ask a parent, a friend's parent, teachers, etc. questions about their college majors and their career choices.  I know myself I majored in a degree that I never worked in and over the years I learned how a different degree would have benefited me more. 
Look into careers that use your skills and reflect your interests.
Here is a recent USA Today Report entitled, 'Where the Jobs Are: How to get Hired - Choose the Right Field in College' that goes into details as to what the future job market will likely look like.
There is too much to even begin highlighting BUT I will point out a passage on STEM jobs:
"STEM jobs - those requiring a mastery of science, technology, engineering or math skills - are overwhelmingly in high demand and will account for about 38% of all high-skill jobs created; they are also typically among the highest paid."
There is also a lot of information about Health Care Jobs.
Check it out -
* What are the costs of changing degrees?  Here are a couple of articles about the topic -