Here's a month-by-month listing of events and celebrations with education and career development themes. Mark your calendar to stay up to date, get involved, and join in on the conversations and events that are taking place throughout the year.
To celebrate mentoring and the positive effect it has on young lives, January was declared National Mentoring Month in 2002. The month-long celebration includes International Mentoring Day (January 17) and #ThankYourMentor Day (January 25). Get involved, show support, access promotional materials, and learn more by visiting the National Mentoring Month website. Also check out their Mentoring Connector database, which is a must for anyone seeking local mentorship opportunities.
Here are some other January celebrations and observances:
- Interested in a career in the medical field? Set some time aside on National Pharmacist Day (January 12) to research the wide variety of occupations in that field.
- January is National Get Organized Month, aka GO Month! and the last week (January 21-27) is Clean Out Your Inbox Week.
- Have Fun at Work Day (January 26). There are times when work can become a bore. Shake things up at your office. Why not hold a potluck or play "Minute to Win It" games for a little break time fun?
Education and career development are focused on greatly and truly hit home in February. The list below highlights only a few of the many things happening during the shortest month of the year.
Career and Technical Education Month® or CTE Month®, sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), is an annual campaign to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.
February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month, a time when deadlines are fast approaching for college-bound students to submit the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), and many campuses hold Financial Aid Awareness and FAFSA events throughout the month.
The busy month of February also includes the following events and observances:
- African American History Month is, as President Gerald R. Ford once said to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Join in the remembrance of the many important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans.
- Other noteworthy observances this month include:
- National School Counseling Week (February 5-9). Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), this week celebrates the impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. This years theme is “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars”. Shine bright like a school counselor this February.
- Digital Learning Day or #DLDay (February 22).
- Engineers Week (February 18-24).
March is Women's History Month and Music In Our Schools Month, sing loudly and stand proudly as a women this month. Also observed in March are:
In addition to being Counseling Awareness Month and Financial Literacy Month, this is School Library Month! Find out if your school's librarian is planning any activities to help your school and community celebrate the essential role that strong library programs play.
Some other noteworthy observances include:
May is Military Appreciation Month and Global Employee Health and Fitness Month. Aside from being the unofficial/official school graduation month, May is the perfect month for anyone interested in bettering themselves and/or others:
Considering the weather that June usually brings, it's no surprise that it's been deemed Effective Communication Month, Great Outdoors Month®, and Employee Wellbeing Month. Use the list below to encourage yourself and others to get out and enjoy the world:
As if being National Picnic Month didn't make it tough to stay focused on one's education or career, July is also National Ice Cream Month. But should you want to focus on something serious in July, here are a few ideas:
With summer coming to an end, it's time to get back into the academic or professional mindset in August, otherwise known as National Truancy Prevention Month or What Will Be Your Legacy Month. Kick off the month during Simplify Your Life Week (August 1-7) and keep it going with:
September is College Savings Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month. As we move into autumn, be sure to keep these days in mind:
Labor Day (September 3) is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s a good time to reflect on the state of your career.
October — Positive Attitude Month — is the time to expect great things, including:
November is National Career Development Month. Get down to business in November by taking time to incorporate the following into your workplace or classroom:
World Communication Week (November 1-7).
Get ready for the New Year during National Create a Business Plan Month. If that's not something you're interested in doing, consider participating in the following:
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