Entertaining and Informative Digital Series Offers Helpful Tips for Recent Grads on Working and Job Seeking From Home

(Boston, MA – July 20, 2020) – As workers of all ages and in multiple industries adapt to a new work-from-home reality during the pandemic, public media producer WGBH is launching Career Hacks, an entertaining and informative digital series that will offer tips on how to effectively work from home as well as advice for recent graduates and others currently looking to enter the workforce.

Hosted by YouTube personality Camille Johnson, and produced in collaboration with Hats & Ladders, Inc. and Smartypants, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Trying to find a job during a pandemic? Has your boss forgotten your name? Career Hacks episodes include topics such as nailing a remote job interview, how to be more productive while working from home, video call mistakes, communicating effectively with your boss remotely, and more.

“As a result of the COVID pandemic, today’s graduates are facing a world they couldn’t have imagined and a remote workplace they weren’t prepared for,” said Terry Fitzpatrick, vice president for Children’s Media and Education at WGBH. “With Career Hacks, we are hoping to provide new graduates with tools to ensure they are ready for the remote workplace, offering entertaining and informative insights into the essential skills that will help them find success.”

Career Hacks is a 10-episode digital series, distributed on YouTube, LinkedIn and additional social media platforms. In each episode, Camille reaches out to experts from a wide variety of fields who offer both industry-specific and general career tips. These valuable and often amusing insights are helpful to anyone looking to learn about how to effectively work and look for a job from home.

“Public media has long provided educational content to help young people succeed in school, career and life,” said Deb Sanchez, senior vice president, education and children’s content operations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “CPB is pleased to support this digital series, which helps young people make a successful transition from school to work, and addresses specific needs created by the pandemic.”

“Over the past few months, there has been a flood of information about effective ways to work from home. Yet, these resources have primarily targeted career veterans and have not been designed to be accessible and appealing to teens and young adults,” said Hillary Wells, executive producer of Career Hacks. “To help ensure we hit the mark, we developed this series iteratively , with input throughout the entire process from our target audience, advisors, and industry professionals. And of course, we could not have been more delighted to have Camille as the host as her inquisitive nature, natural charm, and playful approach set just the right tone.”

Career Hacks draws on the College and Career Competency Framework developed by Drs. Amy Gaumer Erickson and Patricia Noonan at the Research Collaboration at Kansas University, which incorporates 26 workforce readiness competencies including cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Both Dr. Erickson and Dr. Noonan served as content experts and advisors for the series, along with Jill Cook, assistant director of the American School Counselor Association, and Tiffany Curry, North America Dealer Human Resource Consultant at Caterpillar, Inc.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub, a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content, and a pioneer in services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
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