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Sugar Grove Public Library to host career workshop series

SUGAR GROVE – Whether someone is looking to land a new job or find more appreciation for the job he or she already has, the Sugar Grove Public Library can help.

On Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, the Sugar Grove Public Library will host the workshop series Finding a Job You Love, Loving the Job You Have. Registration is open on the library’s website at www.sgpl.org.

Jane Klingberg works as a consultant, counselor, trainer and writer for remote career counseling and training on a variety of different topics related to job skills and job searching. Klingberg has organized many different career-related workshops for two decades.

“Since 1997, I have led this workshop and courses on career planning and job searching at libraries and community colleges in Illinois and Indiana,” Klingberg said. “Finding a Job You Love, Loving the Job You Have was especially designed as a three-week follow-up series for the job search workshop series I conducted at the Sugar Grove Public Library in November 2017.”

Attendees of this workshop series will explore possible answers to several different questions related to their current career, their education, the possibility of finding a new job and retirement. Each week of the series Klingberg will explore different ways to answer these questions through different exercises, including focused research and interactive conversations, according to Klingberg.

Homework exercises are also a part of the planned activities. All of the research, homework exercises and conversations attendees will experience are intended to help participants gain the confidence they need to initiate the next steps in their career, Klingberg stated.

Klingberg enjoys inspiring and mentoring the people she comes in contact with through her workshops. As a young child, she witnessed her own mom using her role as a teacher to guide and inspire students through the college application process.

“When I was a child, my mom, who was a teacher at Kelly High School in Chicago, would take me to work with her all the time," Klingberg said. "I would see her go to work early and stay late to help students with college and job applications. When I was old enough to understand how much mentoring she did with them, I asked her why she worked so hard for the students. My mom said, ‘Because that is our role in life to help others find a way out of the hard times. By giving people education, showing different jobs and giving a little extra help when they need it is how you help people succeed.’”

The thoughts Klingberg’s mom shared have continued to inspire her.

“These words stayed with me, and I have spent my career helping people be successful in their educations and their careers," she said.

Library Director Shannon Halikias has seen firsthand the success of Klingberg’s workshop.

“I’m very excited about the Finding a Job You Love, Loving the Job You Have three-part workshop series in January and February,” Halikias said. “Incidentally, a best friend of mine attended the programs she taught in November. [She] just re-did her resume, learned how to hone her interviewing skills and landed a six-figure job she has always wanted. I think confidence is key!”

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