FREE career choice seminar for teens and young adults

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A college admissions counselor hosted a free career choice seminar at Allen Park Community Center Sunday evening to help teenagers and young adults make wise decisions about their career paths.

Arkansas Northeastern College admissions and career counselor Johnny Moore is the seminar instructor. "I visit high school seniors at schools in Arkansas and Missouri."

The class is not affiliated with ANC, but Moore spends his free time teaching the class because he said he meets so many young adults in Region 8 who make uninformed decisions when choosing a career.

"Once they tell me their major, then we talk about their income opportunities, and many of the students don't know what their income is going to be. Many of the students don't know about the cost of living," he said.

Latasha Simmons said she attended the seminar because she wants to move up the career ladder in her field. "I'm a (certified nursing assistant), but my goal is to be an occupational therapist," she said. "You got to research where you're going to get where you want to be."

At the seminar Moore offered tips on what to consider when choosing degree paths.

He said teens and young adults should figure out the mode of education that best suits their skills, whether it be a two-year, four-year or trade school.

"Plumbers earn good money. Electricians earn good incomes. Carpenters, skilled trades are good to have if that's what you're good at."

He said many choose solely based on time it takes to finish school.

"I think (they decide based on) quickness of getting the degree and what will work for their schedules. You have a lot of single parents especially women."

Simmons is a single mom. She said she is willing to work smart and hard for herself and her daughter.

"It can get hard. It can get harder. It can get worse, but we want to strive to better and be the best moms we can be, and that's what I want to be, the best mom I can be and set an example for my daughter."

"Work hard to be where you want to be because if you keep going back to the same stuff you'll never change. Change is a good thing," Simmons said.

The next career seminar will be held at the Allen Park Community Center September 23 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moore will also host a free financial seminar September 9. Click here for more information about the financial seminar.

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