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According to the most recent Kiplinger Letter (6/2/09), the pattern of past recessions is changing in at least one respect with the current recession: employers are choosing to retain older workers over younger ones even though their pay may be higher. The reason: Their work ethic. Employers say they "don't need to tell oldsters to turn off their iPods, remind them how to dress or to come in on time."

What should younger workers learn from this? When it comes to getting and keeping a job during tough economic times, there's nothing more important than good, old-fashioned work ethic.

Based upon the successful pilot of the Kuder Career Planning System in fifteen Sonoma County schools last year, SCOE is launching an “Adopt-a-School Campaign” to expand access to the online career and academic planning tool to all interested middle schools, high schools, and youth-serving organizations in Sonoma County.

A recent survey of over 800 students from seven Sonoma County middle schools suggests that students are “learning about college and career options,” “identifying their interests and skills,” and “planning for the future” thanks to their use of an online career and academic planning tool.
The Kuder Career Planning System (KCPS) was piloted in ten Sonoma County middle schools and five high schools during the 2008-09 school year. A survey of student users conducted in April revealed the following:

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’ve been trying to get work at a fast food place with no luck. I’m 16 and I’ve never had a job before and there are so many kids applying. How can I set myself apart?






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