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For libraries participating in the Nevada Career Explorer pilot project, it can be difficult to imagine creating new programming to wrap around this new tool. In an effort to make this easier, the Nevada State Library has provided the below programming ideas to integrate the Nevada Career Explorer into both adult and youth programming at the library.
Below you will find programming ideas to utilize the Nevada Career Explorer and other workforce development concepts for adults. These programs would also be effective for teens, so consider adults in this context those that are 16+. The programs are organized by theme, with each theme containing three programs that build on one another.
Many jobs on the market today require a level of computer skills that your patrons may not currently have. For this reason, a series of introductory computer skills programs for job seekers can be very useful. This series of workshops should focus on computer basics like typing and mouse skills, as well as learning how to navigate the internet, creating a resume, and filling out online job applications.
Computer Skills for Job Seekers 1: Learn the Basics
Basic computer navigation, typing, using the mouse, creating an account with Nevada Career Explorer.
Computer Skills for Job Seekers 2: Create a Resume
Saving/editing documents, creating a resume on the Nevada Career Explorer.
Computer Skills for Job Seekers 3: Advanced Skills
Navigating the Career Explorer to find relevant jobs, using other job search platforms, how to set up a job alert via email.
Getting started on a job search can be a daunting task, but the library is here to help with guidance on creating a resume, polishing that resume to meet high standards, and practicing interviewing skills.
Get That Job 1: Get Started with a Resume
Draft a resume in the Nevada Career Explorer.
Get That Job 2: Resume Roundtable
Get feedback on your resume from a roundtable of other job seekers.
Get That Job 3: Mock Interview
Improve your skills with a mock interview at the library.
Career exploration is a way to learn about various occupations and how they “fit” with your unique career and personal preferences, for example the skills, interests, and values you want satisfied by your career. Ideally, someone engages in career exploration after identifying career preferences through self-assessment, which is what this workshop series focuses on.
Career Exploration 1: Getting Started
Creating an account with Nevada Career Explorer, taking career assessments.
Career Exploration 2: Find Your Path
Guided help finding your career path, locating next steps.
Career Exploration 3: Job Fair
Host local businesses, organizations, etc. at your library.
Financial literacy matters at every age, as each new life stage brings new money management challenges. For new adults, these challenges may include living independently on limited means, applying for and managing a credit card, borrowing loans for education, or starting to save for the future. For older adults, these skills are still relevant. In fact, most U.S. adults show low levels of financial literacy. And those who need the most help with financial literacy are often the people who don’t have a lot of money to spare and turn to their local libraries.
Financial Literacy 1: Budget Your Life
Use the Nevada Career Explorer budget tool.
Financial Literacy 2: Basics of Financial Literacy
How to write a check, balance a checkbook, open a banking account, difference between debit/credit.
Financial Literacy 3: Advanced Financial Literacy
Fraud prevention, bitcoin/blockchain, credit reports.
Below you will find programming ideas to utilize the Nevada Career Explorer and other career exploration concepts for young patrons. This programming is geared towards school age children to pre-teens and teens. These programs are organized by theme, including computer skills, job skills, career exploration, and financial literacy.
Be Internet Awesome is a a multifaceted program designed to teach kids the skills they need to be safe and smart online, developed and provided by Google and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe.org). The Be Internet Awesome curriculum provides the tools and methods needed to teach digital safety and citizenship fundamentals in the classroom (or library). The lesson plans are reinforced with gamification techniques, integrating a game called Interland, an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun - just like the internet itself. The lessons are best suited for school-aged children, grades 3-6, but patrons both younger and older may benefit from the material.
Five fundamental topics of digital safety and citizenship are covered, including:
Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners is a set of lessons from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis designed to introduce young children to the economic way of thinking.
All lessons feature active-learning strategies that encourage students to ask and answer questions, participate in group discussions, and build vocabulary. Each lesson can be taught in about 45 minutes but can be easily divided into smaller segments. Songs, dramatic play, and art—all things young learners enjoy—are incorporated throughout to maintain student engagement. Finally, several extension activities are suggested at the end of each lesson to further student learning. The lessons are aligned with kindergarten readiness skills.
Bring money topics to life with story time. These books have been paired with lesson plans and other resources to assist children in understanding money. Even more resources can be found at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the St. Louis Federal Reserve.
These financial literacy programs and tools are made available by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
For young children:
For school-aged children and pre-teens:
For teens and young adults: