I have been working with Junior Achievement for the last couple of years in different mentoring programs.
I'll be going to an event tomorrow where kids (8th grade, i think) will be able to talk to us about education, career paths, salaries, etc. Set up is job fair style, so and i'll be manning a booth for a few hours. With my background (education and work experience) I am in a good place to discuss STEM careers and education, commercial/business careers, and some jobs that require a 2 year degree or skilled trades (plumbing, electrical, plant operator, mechanic, welder). There will be a lot of other companies, so i can always refer people to other booths if i don't have any background in what they want to know. I did this event a few other times in the last ~year, so I have experience, but I can always be better prepared.
Questions for WW:
Is there any career/education advice you wish you had received as a teen? If you were in my shoes, what do you feel is the most important message that they teens can get? Did you ever receive poor advice from a mentor/are there topics i should avoid?