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The Virtual Mentor Project is a partnership between industry and education designed to promote career exploration at the middle and high school level and to provide information about career educational opportunities available in local high schools, technical schools, colleges and the workplace.

Quick Guide to the Virtual Mentor Website

We know you are eager to explore our website, but before you jump in, we want to let you know about some of the great new features.

Today, registered members can actually belong to a group with the same career interests. The group shares mentors who have joined as well.  You can participate in or just shadow group discussions about your career interests.

You will find a ton of other interesting features, like your own bookstore, where you can view and read career related books. In addition you can view videos about your career choice. Click below for a quick Student Guide Video. For a written guide, click here.

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This Is Millennials’ Most Embarrassing Secret

Today’s young adults are establishing their careers, but their lack of technological prowess is costing their employers big-time. Yes, you read that right. In spite of growing up having the Internet in the palms of their hands, these so-called “digital natives” have a yawning knowledge gap that’s not apparent until they get into the office.

“Most Gen Ys grew up accustomed to using social media and texting for communicating and collaborating and haven’t had to use email or spreadsheets extensively,” explains Chris Pope, senior director of strategy at technology services company ServiceNow.

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Careers for Music Lovers

Sara Royster | February 2015

Rock ’n’ roll. Jazz. Calypso. There are many different types of music, each with its own style. And just as musical styles vary, so, too, do occupations in the music world.

Musician and singer are popular choices for a musical career. But even if you can’t carry a tune, you can incorporate music into your work. Dancers, composers, and sound engineering technicians, for example, all work with music in various ways.

This article provides an overview of different types of careers for music lovers. The first section profiles several occupations that involve music. The second section describes how you can prepare for a music-related career. The third section details some of the high and low notes of working in music. Career resources are presented at the end.

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How to Make a Career Choice When You Have No Idea What You Want to Do

How to make a career choice

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Career

There are hundreds of career options out there. How do you make a career choice when you don't really know what you want to do?  Does it seem like an insurmountable task? It's not. Yes, you will have to put some time and energy into making your decision, but your effort will be well worth it in the end. Follow these steps to making a good career choice.

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Still Not Sure What To Do After High School?

Not ready or willing to go to college for four years?  There are some good alternatives for Pinellas County students at Pinellas Technical College.

 

Is College Worth It? Clearly, yes!

By David Leonhardt, New York Times

Some newly minted college graduates struggle to find work. Others accept jobs for which they feel overqualified. Student debt, meanwhile, has topped $1 trillion.  It's enough to create a wave of questions about whether a college education is still worth it.

A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly:  Yes, college is worth it, and it's not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.

The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which are based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree.

 

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Earn college credit in high school

See a list of high school courses and programs that give you both high school and college credit.

How much money do jobs pay?

See the see salaries for careers in Florida.

 

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