First off, what is a career cluster? In the world of career exploration, they are good to know. So find out what they are by visiting the U.S. Departments of Education or the U.S. Department of Labor web sites to find out.
Next, read through the 16 clusters carefully. Did you ever think about jobs being categorized like that? It’s interesting, isn’t it?
Do any career clusters interest you more than others?
Are you curious about what jobs are possible in each cluster?
Are you feeling like a detective on the trail of some very interesting information that could affect your educational and career choices?
Yes? Then congratulations! You are becoming careerwise!
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Ok, so I remember when the song was originally released by the group A Taste of Honey back in 1978. Let’s pretend I was just a toddler…
Anyway, it’s popular again and was very appropriate for the second annual National Dance Day, celebrated this past Saturday. For good reason. It really is hard to sit still while listening to it!
National Dance Day was kind of a light and upbeat diversion from some of the less than light-hearted news that was everywhere else. Lively events were coordinated in different cities across the country for people of all ages.
It made me think about how smart it was of Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer and judge of the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance,’ to create this event and get the backing of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. She is a long-time proponent of healthy living and introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.
Their site says: National Dance Day is an annual event and grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move!
Ok, so it promotes the TV show in a big way. But the show is popular because people appreciate talent, dancing and entertainment, so what’s wrong with that? I say instead of worrying about overdone commercialism, we get mov’n and get careerwise!
What jobs are related to the National Dance Day events, promotions and TV show?
Here’s a start. How many jobs can you add?
- Entrepreneur (Nigel Lythgoe, definitely!)
- Dance Educator
- Costume Designer
- Event Planner
After you’ve completed your list and marked the ones that you’d like to look into further, go out and boogie, oogie, oogie. It’s good for you– every day!
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Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about the dry cleaning industry, with the latest news about how the economy, environmental concerns and changing consumer habits are affecting it.
But what really grabbed my attention was the number of jobs referred to in the article. I counted eighteen. There are probably many more considering that the article reports 24,124 dry cleaning and non-coin-operated laundry establishments in the U.S. alone.
Here are the ones I noted:
- Dry Cleaning Store Chain Operator
- Dry Cleaning Store Manager
- Pressing Machine Operator
- Garment Sorter
- Forensic Accountant & Business Advisor
- Market Researcher
- Consumer Products Maker
- Consumer Products Company Spokesperson
- Store/Facilities Designer
- Store Design Tester
- Environment Protection Agency Representative
- Director of Technical Services – National Dry Cleaners Association
- Chief Executive Officer - Dry cleaning & Laundry Institute
- Director of Public Affairs - Consumer Federation of America
- Professor of Fiber Science
- Dry Cleaning Machine Operators
What a creative way to learn about different jobs in various industries. You should try it as you read the newspaper, a book or online articles. Your knowledge of the working world will impress everybody!
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Summer isn’t over, but many professionals are already hard at work getting school classrooms, campuses, curriculum and other resources, supplies and services ready for the new school year.
Can you name 10 of them? [There are lots of hints in the sentence above!]
To make this fun, challenge a friend or family member to a timed race to see who can create the longest list of back-to-school jobs. Ready, set, go!
Afterwards, check your list and see if there are any jobs that sound interesting to you. By researching them you will go back to school a little more careerwise!
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Stacey Snider is a partner of DreamWorks Studio, alongside Steven Spielberg, as well as its Co-Chairman and CEO. She oversees the creative and financial aspects of all film development and production as well as the studio’s business strategy.
Snider has an impressive resume that encompasses top positions at major studios and huge box office hits as well as smaller, critically acclaimed films. Steven Spielberg hand-picked her to be his partner at DreamWorks, and their collaboration over the years has produced many of the decades most successful films and a very close professional bond.
They were interviewed a few months back in the Wall Street Journal magazine. I kept the article in my file because I love re-visiting inspiring articles about creative people from all walks of life and how they can take the germ of an idea and turn it into something real.
It’s a very interesting read in its entirety, but one comment in particular struck me as the essence of what makes uncovering your personal passion and discovering talent in others so exciting.
This comment came from Spielberg when he was asked what he has in common with Snider that makes them such great creative partners.
“The two of us share a real giddiness for movies. When we see a promising actor or new director, even a commercial, we just have these creative giggles, not about the impulse to discover new talent, but just the appreciation and recognition of what new talent is. And if the new talent comes to our company, that’s a blessing. But just the discovery of something that excites us—a style of filmmaking, a style of wordsmithing that we haven’t seen before—that’s what has bonded us for many years.”
Hmm…discovering passions, recognizing and appreciating new talent, the discovery of something that excites us…
Isn’t this basic and wonderful motivation — the discovery of a passion in life — exactly what kids need to get excited about their futures and what it will take to make their own dreams work?
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