The Youth Job Center of Evanston holds a workshop Tuesday, Aug. 30, on “Turning Your Job into a Career,” with information presented by veteran job developer Alberto Ortega.

Formerly of the Alternative Schools Network and founder/director of Chicago’s Workforce Employment Resource Collaborative, Ortega brings over 10 years of job development expertise to the workshop which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Our goal at the Youth Job Center is not only to help jobseekers get a job, but keep a job. Especially in this economy, developing your skills set from an entry-level position into a career opportunity is incredibly important,” says Employer Outreach Coordinator Jordan Burghardt.

“Many young jobseekers aren’t aware of the opportunities available to them for career opportunities, especially if they’re only looking for a part-time after school job. However, there is tons of room for growth within any entry-level job, Burghardt said. “For example, McDonald’s has one of the fastest management-track training programs in the business, but if you’re a high school student working the front counter after school and on weekends, you might not be aware of that.”

The workshop is free and open to all ages.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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