As summer approaches, young adults often find themselves searching for job opportunities to gain experience, independence, and a sense of responsibility. The Young Adult Summer Job Hunt Boot Camp was introduced by A/D Works! to support young adults in their job search. This event was tailored for young adults aged 14-18 and aimed to equip them with the necessary skills to search for, secure, and retain employment while aligning their job choices with their long-term career goals.
Throughout the boot camp, a series of impactful workshops were offered that included resume building, budgeting, and identifying job scams. These workshop topics provided practical knowledge and fostered critical thinking among the attendees.
One of the key takeaways from the boot camp was the development of resumes. Many young adults arrived without a resume and left with a polished document in hand, ready to impress potential employers. The resumes they crafted were showcased at the job fair held at the culmination of the program, giving participants an opportunity to connect with local employers and explore potential job opportunities.
Understanding the importance of financial literacy, budgeting exercises aimed to shed light on the real-world financial implications of securing a job were provided. Participants were encouraged to anticipate expenses, evaluate potential income, and make informed decisions about their spending habits. This eye-opening experience allowed them to gain a fresh perspective on money management and the significance of saving for the future.
In an increasingly digital world, it is essential to equip young adults with the skills to recognize job scams and avoid falling victim to fraudulent opportunities. Through thought-provoking discussions, the common types of job scams and predatory income situations were addressed. Participants actively shared their experiences with scam messages received on social media, fostering a sense of awareness and caution.
To ensure maximum engagement, the workshops incorporated various interactive games and activities. Transforming the learning process into an enjoyable experience successfully captured the attention and enthusiasm of the young adults. Many expressed surprise at the abundance of free online tools available for planning and improving their job search, broadening their horizons and enhancing their career potential.
The success of the boot camp was due, in part, to the collaborative efforts of A/D Works!’ esteemed partners. Thank you to Arapahoe Libraries, Belco Credit Union, ARC, and Dress for Success for their valuable contributions. A/D Works! looks forward to continuing these partnerships and exploring opportunities to expand our services.
With the positive response received, A/D Works! aims to broaden our reach and impact through future events. Schools in the Arapahoe and Douglas region have requested to host additional service sessions in different locations. By expanding the program to multiple locations, more young adults can be reached and provided with the tools they need to succeed in job search and career planning.
The Young Adult Summer Job Hunt Boot Camp has proven to be a valuable resource for young adults seeking employment. By imparting essential skills such as resume building, budgeting, and scam identification, participants were empowered to navigate the job market successfully. Moving forward, A/D Works! remains committed to providing engaging, impactful experiences and to working collaboratively with partners to create a brighter future for the young adults we serve.