Make Things Happen: The Key to Networking for Teens

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Twenty-something author Lara Zielin provides a fresh writing style and perspective based on her own experience. A reliable guide with important details on why people network, where to network, and how to overcome the fear of networking, this book shows teens how to broaden their horizons and confidently set a positive course for the future.
Packed with valuable information on internships, job shadowing, and volunteer work, Make Things Happen also provides key definitions and ...

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Overview

Twenty-something author Lara Zielin provides a fresh writing style and perspective based on her own experience. A reliable guide with important details on why people network, where to network, and how to overcome the fear of networking, this book shows teens how to broaden their horizons and confidently set a positive course for the future.
Packed with valuable information on internships, job shadowing, and volunteer work, Make Things Happen also provides key definitions and challenging exercises. Zielin uses creative ways to highlight information to make it accessible to young adult readers: "Case in Point" boxes include inspirational true stories about people who have achieved success through networking; "Ain't It a Fact" calls out an important fact or idea from the chapter that is being read; and "Picking the Expert's Brain" suggests other ways to find more information.

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Children's Literature
This well designed and written book provides valuable suggestions for networking as a way of reaching one's goals in life. We all dream about the future but many are stymied when it comes to methods for reaching our goals. Networking is a tried and true strategy for tapping into others' knowledge, skills and experience to further our own goals, whether they are life or career goals. In ten short chapters the author defines networking, supports it with various reasons, suggests avenues for networking and provides the steps and resources needed to begin the process. The layout features short case studies, reminders, chapter highlights and important fact boxes to aid the reader in learning these techniques. The last chapter suggests that the reader become a connection for others in the process of networking. A glossary, index and Web sites for referral are included. Great for anyone just learning these skills. 2003, Lobster Press,
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Defining networking for teens as learning about oneself in relation to a life purpose, Zielin proposes healthy ways to assess interests, skills, and personality traits while developing career goals. Her user-friendly chapter format engages the reader, and clearly defined chapter sections and subheadings identify the main ideas and their relationships. Real-life teen accounts illustrate the concepts, with graphics highlighting important and related information. Separate sections, titled Picking the Expert's Brain, list excellent current books as well as U.S. and Canadian Web sites and organizations. Chapter highlights, reviewing major ideas, conclude each chapter. Text information includes simple personal assessment techniques, suggestions for using what is familiar, and guidelines for working with people and making new contacts. Specific suggestions for organizing information, obtaining hands-on experience, becoming confident and assertive, and developing, acquiring, and using networking resources such as résumés, cover letters, business cards, and thank-you letters make this small book an asset for teens and those who advise them. Folowing Zielin's process, the reader develops a work ethic as well as a career path. As with Alex J. Packer's How Rude! (Free Spirit, 1997/VOYA June 1998), this book combines information and common sense, enabling both teenagers and adults to work more effectively within the world. Glossary. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, LobsterPress, 107p,
— Lucy Schall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894222433
  • Publisher: Lobster Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Millennium Generation Series
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

"Lara Zielin is graduate of Carleton College where she majored in anthropology. Lara is currently a freelance writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her articles have appeared in magazines including Minnesota Technology and Cultural Survival Quarterly."
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