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How Teens Can Build the Future They Want

By January 26, 2022February 4th, 2022Connections, HY Board
Art of Adulting grads

The HY board invites high schoolers to find out at February’s “Art of Adulting” workshop.

High school brings you one step closer to your adult life as you apply for colleges and jobs you find meaningful and will help you build the future you want. While in high school, teens should discover their assets to build strong resumes. If teens have little experience with after-school activities, volunteering, or working, it can be challenging to figure out how to highlight their skills. Fortunately, the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board’s next “Art of Adulting” workshop will help relieve some stress by teaching teens how to identify their talents and use them to create an exceptional professional presence with a resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deanna Carlisle

Deanna Carlisle

Issaquah Highlands resident Deanna Carlisle will host the upcoming “Art of Adulting” workshop on Feb. 6, titled “Building Your Professional Presence.” In her career coaching business, Youth Career Compass, Deanna helps students find college majors and career paths that play to their strengths, as well as internships to get experience in their field. Deanna also assists students with resume and LinkedIn profile creation. She also has worked at Microsoft for about 25 years, where her responsibilities included hiring, so she knows what companies look for in new employees.

Deanna’s February workshop will show high school students how to develop a professional presence through a resume and LinkedIn account. Understanding these tools will be crucial throughout high school and college because they prepare students for getting jobs in the future.

When deciding whether to hire a new employee or admit new students to a college, the first thing recruiters see is a resume. Resumes should reflect a person’s character professionally to ensure success with that institution/potential employer. In Deanna’s workshop, high school students will identify their strengths and discover the importance of creating a professional presence early, resume frameworks, and tips and tricks to make resumes stand out.

The “Art of Adulting: Building Your Professional Presence” virtual workshop for high school students is free to attend, taking place on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. Students should have pen, paper, ideas around their top three strengths, and a resume (if they have one). Students will leave this workshop feeling more confident about their online professional presence and more prepared for the future once they have a strong resume.

High school students can pre-register for the virtual workshop at

Sage Cowan is a 12th-grader, a Highlands Youth Advisory Board member, and a Central Park resident.