Planning Now for a Summer Job
Apr17

Planning Now for a Summer Job

By Shannon Phillips, Employment and Training Specialist at Cortland Works Career Center At this time of year, I start to see a lot of youth, ages 14-16 especially, who are looking for employment. Let me start by saying there are very few jobs for this age group in Cortland. With an increase in adults taking part-time jobs and the restrictions placed by New York State on young workers, employers have few positions that they fill with...

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What Are Working Papers and How Do I Get Them?
Apr13

What Are Working Papers and How Do I Get Them?

By Shannon Phillips, Employment and Training Specialist at Cortland Works Career Center Your first job is a rite of passage that many teens look forward to. According to New York State Labor Law, youth as young as 11 can work legally in a very narrow range of jobs. When you turn 14, however, you become eligible for New York State Working Papers, which are not actually papers but a card that allows you to work legally. There are...

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5 Hobbies That Could Become Your Career or Part-Time Job
Apr12

5 Hobbies That Could Become Your Career or Part-Time Job

A common expression goes, “If you do what you love then you never have to work a day in your life.” If you are lucky enough to find something that you enjoy doing, then your job will feel less like “work” and more like a hobby. But this isn’t always easy! A lot of these fields can be really competitive and may not always rack into a lot of money. A lot of our parents steer us away from some of these paths because they may sound...

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The Summer Youth Work Program
Aug19

The Summer Youth Work Program

My Personal Experience As a participant in the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP), I can say that you will end up doing many fun things. The Program offers work sites that will allow most people to do the type of work that they want to do. In the beginning, because of orientation, I thought that the program was going to be very boring. Orientation covers all of the expectations and legal requirements of becoming an...

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How to Make it with Chris Merkley
May25

How to Make it with Chris Merkley

Introducing How to Make It, Noyze.org’s new career snapchat/article series. Interesting people in Cortland will share career tips and life advice on our snapchat. First up, Chris Merkley – a local musician and music producer – shares the importance of doing what inspires you. Hey, I’m Chris Merkley. I’m a full time musician, record producer and the founder of an independent record label called Old Boy Records. What...

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5 Things That Matter in HS That Won’t Matter After HS
Apr28

5 Things That Matter in HS That Won’t Matter After HS

High school and college are obviously both completely different ballgames. Things that are stressed as important in high school may not always carry over to have an equal important emphasis in college. Now that I am about to graduate college myself, there are a lot of things I look back at in high school and think, “why the heck was this so important?” I’ve provided a list of a few of these ideas below that seem to decrease in...

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