February 22, 2010 -- Teens "Discover Their Futures" in New SuperFuture Program

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February 22, 2010

TEENS TO “DISCOVER THEIR FUTURES” IN NEW PROGRAM ADDRESSING MAJOR CAREER MISMATCH AND STRESS IN JOB MARKET; GOOGLE & DOW JONES LEADERS TO MOTIVATE, EDUCATE

Greenwich, CT – With unemployment rates among youth exceeding 30 percent (BLS) and companies spending more than $44 billion due to career mismatch (ACRNA), SuperFutures.org today announced a new program – “Discover Your Future” seminars – to help teens get a jump-start on career planning and learn skills to compete in today’s global economy.

The seminars, slated for May 1st and September 25th of 2010, Feature career experts and business executives from Google, Dow Jones and Cox Radio who will help high school and college students discover their college major and career options. Students will examine the fears and stress they experience today, take a career diagnostic, and leave with a Career Action Plan to begin to proactively and confidently build for a successful future. The program concludes with a student-parent session in which students share their career discoveries.

“With school budgets tighter than ever, young people aren’t getting the direction they need to compete in today’s global economy,” noted SuperFutures.org founder and Dow Jones MarketWatch columnist Jennifer Openshaw. Openshaw referenced a finding that the average high school student receives only 38 minutes of guidance on his/her future, according to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

“Our ’Discover Your Future’ seminars help teens envision and plan what they want their college and career experiences to be. But they will also assist time-pressed schools and stressed parents overcome the challenges they face in preparing students to successfully face today’s competitive world.”

Google's Sean Harvey, Business Product Manager for Google and a national expert in online content and advertising, will share his experience in discovering his career path, along with tips to succeed in the hottest, most competitive industries. Dick Ferguson, a one-time C student who followed his teen passion for radio and ultimately became COO of Cox Radio and a Board member of the National Association of Broadcasters, will tell students why an early start in career planning matters. 

What: “Discover Your Future” seminars

Where: IBM Learning Center, Armonk, New York                             

When: May 1, 2010 or September 25, 2010, 2010. Virtual seminars for youth nationwide to be available soon.                                                

Who: Google’s Sean Harvey, former Cox COO Dick Ferguson, Family Financial Network founder and Dow Jones columnist Jennifer Openshaw                                                                                                

Learn More: Sign-up here for notices of new classes and programs, including the summer Global Youth Leader Program at the United Nations.