By Dorothy York, President and CEO of North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)
For millions of American students reassessing career choices due to the COVID 19 crisis, schools, and employers, across the country have abundant opportunities and many have great advice to offer. “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is advice attributed to Confucius and is an idea that is popular with many career-minded Americans today.
Whether people are focussed on short-term solutions that will get them through a challenging time, or if they are considering long-range goals, getting expert advice on how to pursue career dreams, is a great first step. Thousands of editors nationwide have been helping job searchers and employers by publishing feature news articles with helpful advice from trusted sources. If you have a way to help, tell your story.
To help our clients choose formats that are getting the best results, North American Precis Syndicate ranks the top feature news stories of the year by the highest number of placements in media outlets nationwide. We have compiled the results to show the top feature news stories of the decade, those that have performed brilliantly, way above and beyond what is typically expected.
The most successful stories included attractive color photos or infographics, helpful advice from experts, celebrity spokespeople, the latest statistics, results from surveys, trends, time-saving tips, money saving ideas and other helpful information. The stories targeted people across various demographic groups and related to safe, enjoyable and prosperous experiences, protecting the health, and assets, of the readers, their friends and family members.
We are passionate about working on the kinds of stories that help millions of people nationwide with the news that is potentially life saving or can improve the quality of their lives.
To name a few, here are examples of the top career advice stories of the decade, for teens. These are from some of the best and brightest communications professionals for some of the most demanding management teams at leading organizations:
1- College Board:
“Expanded Pre-AP Access Coming To A School Near You Next Fall”
To help parents and teachers prepare their students for college and a career, readers were alerted that the Pre-AP program is expanding nationwide with multiple subjects to explore.
“PSAT/NMSQT Score Release Provides Students And Educators With Tools And Learning Opportunities”
Readers were informed about how the PSAT/NMSQT plays an important role in clearing a path to college and career success for all students.
2- Junior Achievement:
“Helping Teens Navigate Their Financial Futures”
To help teens make informed choices about their financial futures, find a career, start a business or write a CV, a free interactive online resource was offered, that provided valuable information about how money works.
3- INROADS: “Students Start Careers”
Readers were informed about a resource for salaried corporate internships to help prepare highly qualified college students for corporate and community leadership.
4- People To People: “How Students Can Get Ahead: What Colleges And Companies Want”
Readers were advised that college admissions offices and employers recognize the value of cultural intelligence, which educational travel can foster.
5- Boys & Girls Clubs: “Helping Children Reach Their Potential”
Readers were informed that kids are more likely to stay in school when they have a place to go after school where they can have fun and learn to be good citizens. Parents were encouraged to help by taking several steps, including providing kids with mentors or career shadowing.
6- Treehouse: “Hamilton Inspires Youth In Foster Care”
Readers were informed about a group of deserving young people, especially picked for their passion and involvement in the performing arts, including some with career aspirations in theater, that were given tickets to the musical sensation, “Hamilton”.
7- Aerospace Industries Association (AIA): “Industry Joins Forces To Launch Students Into Exciting Careers Through Rocket Competition”
America’s aerospace and defense industry association offered a solution to interest students in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
8- SSS: “How Young Men Can Improve Their Futures”
Students and their families were informed about how registering with the Selective Service, as required, can put them on the road to a good education and a career.
9- WD-40/Tech Force Foundation: “Technical Schools Create Pathway To In-Demand Careers”
To champion students, through their education, into careers as professional technicians, readers were offered tools and resources, including after school programs, clubs, activities, mentors and experience.
10- FCA: “Create The Car Of Tomorrow To Win Prizes Today”
To help expose young artists to the various career opportunities in automotive design, readers were alerted a competition for high school students.
11- Intel: “American Teens Are Asking For A Challenge”
Tips were offered to parents to help the 60% of kids who are interested in pursuing a career in science or math, including information about a talent search and a science and engineering fair.
12- Writers of the Future: “Contest Corner/ Writers of the Future”
To help launch many writers’ careers, readers were informed about an annual contest with an invaluable opportunity to be coached by professionals in the field.
13- L’Oreal: “L’Oreal USA Launches STEM Sweepstakes With Scholarship Prizing”
To inspire and empower girls to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math, (STEM), readers were alerted about a new sweepstakes.
14- BASF: “Ag Industry Is Fertile Ground For High-Skilled Positions”
For high school students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, were alerted that job opportunities were ripe for the picking. Tips were offered to find the right program and support.
15- CompTIA: “IT Innovation Is Creating Career Opportunities”
Readers were informed that technology is a driving force in our economy, powering innovation and creating jobs. Those with ability to solve problems and who possess strong people skills were encouraged to consider the eligibility requirements for a certification program.
16- Snap-on:“Certifications Help School Students And Seasoned Technicians”
For the many high school students who choose a professional career path, starting with a two-year technical school or community college, readers were informed about the benefits of certifications and how to enroll.
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