Teen Career Readiness Workshops – Student Events

Career Design Foundation is hosting a Teen Career Readiness Workshop on two consecutive weekends – Saturday July 29 and Saturday, August 5.

Helen-teach-An2-cropThe two-day workshop is designed for students to prepare for educational opportunities within a college prep or vocational path, and to understand their choices in terms of their interest and aptitudes. The goal is for students to make better educational choices prior to later college or vocational training and education.

Students will attend the first and second Saturdays. Parents will attend with their children on the second Saturday ONLY.

Details:

        Time: 1:00-4:00pm, both Saturdays
        Location: Career Design Associates, Inc.
        2818 S. Country Club Road, Garland, TX, 75043
        Call 972-278-4701 for more information, or email options@career-design.com

Students attend both sessions. Parent(s) attend only the second session with their students.

Day 1

Students will complete various exercises and assessments to help them learn their strengths and aptitude for a variety of subjects. Each student will receive a binder to hold all of their assessment materials.

Carpooling options may be available – call for details. Parents who choose to wait in the area may want to visit Firewheel Mall while their children are working on the first day. From Career Design, you would return to Centerville Road, turn right onto E Centerville Rd. Follow E. Centerville about 3.5 miles to Firewheel Parkway, where you turn left. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Town Center Blvd., where you turn left. The mall is all around you.

Day 2

Students will go over the results of their assessments and learn how to apply that information. They will also learn possible career options that best match their results.

Email us at info@careerdesignfoundation.org if you have any questions or would like to attend!

January 22 & 29, 2017 – Career Maturity Workshop

Dr. Harkness and staff are providing a two-session Career Maturity Workshop to help teenagers determine their future career direction based on their interests, skills, and current and future workplace needs.

CDF2-5-600These seminars – for teenagers and their parents (the final session) – are designed to teach teenagers and their parents about the critical importance of mapping student education/interests to future jobs. The seminar, which is underwritten by the Career Design Foundation, introduces students and their parents to the concepts of Career Design Associates, a leader in re-careering for adult workers. For the Career Design Foundation classes, Dr. Harkness and her associates are soliciting students and their parents to participate in the career workshop series at the Career Design offices in Garland.

Cost: FREE, provided by Career Design Foundation
When: Sunday, January 22nd and January 29th from 2:00-5:00pm

We are requesting parents, or interested adults, to attend the January 29th meeting to gain insight into the teenagers’ career information.

Email us at info@careerdesignfoundation.org if you have any questions or would like to attend!

Learn to Manage Your Life and Career

Students who have attended a Career Maturity Workshop – formerly called Mapping Your Future Careerworkshops – with Dr. Helen Harkness, Executive Director of Career Design Foundation, and Leigh Ellen Key, President, Jigsaw Ticket, LLC have received valuable instruction in applying their apptitudes and interests to careers.

The workshop always feature a wrap-up component when parents or mentors join the students to understand and reinforce the process and the results.


These seminars – for children and their parents (the final session) – are designed to teach children and their parents about the critical importance of mapping student education/interests to future jobs.

The seminar, which is underwritten by the Career Design Foundation, introduces students and their parents to the concepts of Career Design Associates, a leader in re-careering for adult workers. For the Career Design Foundation classes, Dr. Harkness and Leigh Ellen Key are soliciting students and their parents – usually recent high school graduates or incoming high school seniors – to participate in a “Mapping Your Future” career workshop series at the Career Design offices in Garland.

While Dr. Harkness has taught students from 7th grade through PhD’s in the past, her major goal is to help these students and their parents to understand and appreciate their school and potential career choices in light of current opportunities. Involvement in the Mapping Your Future process is a key component for students at this age, and may be even more critical for students in the middle school years.

Based on research of trends in the middle school age groups (especially among at-risk and ESL households) there is a significant chance that students without obvious educational choices and future goals may opt out of the education system. The purpose of this program near-term is to identify this problem and begin to address it.

About the Facilitators

The Career Design Foundation goal for this seminar is to share vital information on the future of work and the necessity for career management for teens. We hope to provide clarity for the future opportunities available to teens and to contribute valuable insight as we develop resources and programs to help parents and teens make sound decisions.

Leigh Ellen KeyLeigh Ellen Key seeks to change the career paradigm from one of frustration with “finding a job” to enthusiasm and determination in “designing your career.” Her Dallas/Ft. Worth-based business directly impacts how young adults choose and manage their careers over their lifetimes and also how universities and other institutions deliver career services. As a non-profit executive, she has designed and managed adult experiential education programs and services at an internationally acclaimed yoga and holistic health educational retreat. These programmatic experiences and trainings directly assisted clients in changing their lifestyles and self-limiting beliefs in order to transform their lives. She also has assisted nonprofit Boards in developing and managing their mission, organization, programs, and fundraising. Before finding this career path, she worked extensively in deal structuring and marketing, strategic planning, and financial analysis experience in the energy industry.

Headshot_Helen_Harkness_150-200Dr. Harkness founded Career Design Associates, Inc. in 1978 after experiencing her own career chaos. “Freedom is Knowing your Options” is the creed, the fundamental principle and conviction of Dr. Harkness, who says that career change often occurs when the pain of present circumstances exceeds the fear of change. Her short-hand equation for individuals in this predicament is CC = P > F, which means one only changes careers when the pain is greater than the fear of the change itself. She established Career Design Foundation in 2013 to help orient children from 7th – 12th grades and their parents about the critical needs these students have to understand and appreciate their choices in light of current opportunities. Parent or role model involvement is a critical component of the success of the program.

Call 972-278-4701 or email to info@careerdesignfoundation.org to make reservations. Space is limited to 15 students and their parents for this workshop. Another workshop may be added if necessary. Do participate!

Create-Educonomy

Education and Economics tied together to help our youth find fulfilling career paths & employers to fill needed workplace jobs!!

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More than ever, our youth need guidance and I am committed to helping them succeed. Countless students are graduating from college with:

  • Heavy student debt
  • No career focus
  • Major in an outdated field, one they don’t fit, or with limited opportunities

Employers will experience:

  • A skilled talent shortfall of 14 to 25 million workers
  • Approximately 75 percent of future available jobs will require higher skills
  • About 25 percent of available jobs will need lower skills: however, 64 million Americans will possess only low skills

To address these critical issues, I am writing a book and combining my research with a targeted outreach program. Through my non-profit, Career Design Foundation, this new project will help students and their families begin to determine a meaningful purpose for their future worklife. My upcoming book, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and REALITY, will provide information to unite students’ educational experience with fulfilling career possibilities.

Please DONATE  to support this project!
Career Design Foundation, is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization:



Your gift of $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more can:

  • Reduce time, money & resources lost when students “wander” professionally
  • help students and their families better understand their career options
  • Provide students with the professional adaptability needed for successful and fulfilling careers in a chaotic, rapidly changing work world
  • Help our nation maintain strong world-wide industrial leadership

It is critical that we equip students, their families and teachers with valid information and insight into their career options. With your support, we can provide resources that will help our students make intelligent and workable choices about their future worklife.

Let’s make a difference in the lives and education of our students and our future economy! Frankly, completing this book will probably be my last major project!!

Career Design Foundation, is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization:



Email Info@CareerDesignFoundation.org to learn more / volunteer.