SUBMITTED BY MICHELLE KOSENKA-EVANS, YOUTH SERVICES
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career. There are lots of new and interesting jobs out there from YouTube stars to Video Game or Fashion Designers, but how do you know what’s right for you?
The library has job resources to help you out!
Start with a trip to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center and take the Career Interest Assessment. It will take your interests and give you a list of careers that might be right for you. Click here to go straight there. Or go to the Library’s digital resources page and choose the category “Job and Career” and the audience “Teens.” Once you’re in Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, choose “Explore Industries & Careers” and pick “Take our Career Assessment.”
Once you do that, and decide what you want to do, you can take free Lynda.com courses on a subject that might apply to your career. They have classes on the topics of Business, Design, IT, Marketing, Photography, Music and more! Our Lynda.com resource can be found in the same place as Ferguson’s — go to the library’s Digital Resource page and filter the resources down to the category Job and Career.
In addition, of course, there are always books!
Here are a few recommended books from the Teen Collection about different careers:
So You Want to be a Film or TV Director? – 791.4302 Dunkleberger
The Crazy Careers of Video Game Designers – 794.8 Kaplan
Exploring Careers series
Careers in Information Technology – 004.023 Wilcox
Careers in the Military – 355.002 Sheen
Careers in Health Care – 610.7306 Sheen
Careers in Engineering – 620.0023 Szumski
Careers in Biotechnology – 660.6023 Szumski
Cutting-Edge STEM Careers series
Top STEM Careers in Science – 502.3 Suen
Top STEM Careers in Math – 510.23 Brezina
Top STEM Careers in Technology – 602.3 La Bella
Top STEM Careers in Engineering – 620.0023 Hagler
Military Jobs series
Paratroopers – 356.166 Ripley
Drone Operators – 358.4 Ripley
Fighter Pilots – 358.43 Ripley
Navy SEALs – 359.984 Stilwell
Counterterrorism Operatives – 363.3251 Ripley