Taking 4-H into the future
It’s 4-H Fair week! One of the things you may not know about the 4-H Fair is that it can help young people develop the skills they need to be successful in a career. While many people are familiar with the skills that could apply to specific careers (animal care, growing plants, cooking, sewing, art, etc.), the 4-H Fair also provides opportunities for youth to learn skills that are applicable to a wide range of career opportunities.
Many job listings will specify a candidate with strong communication skills. At the 4-H Fair, youth are required to share their project with a judge. They must answer questions about their exhibit and what they learned, and receive feedback from the judge. If the 4-Her cannot be present for judging, he or she must include a written report summarizing the exhibit. The conference judging process provides opportunities for youth to practice the communication skills they will need in almost any career they choose.
Another frequently-mentioned attribute in job listings is organizational skills. Whether the 4-Her is enrolled in one project or several, he or she must keep organized records, return enrollment forms by specified deadlines, and present a neat and orderly project exhibit for judging. Making a poster, preparing a foods exhibit and grooming an animal all require the organization and attention to detail that many employers are looking for.
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