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DADS & GRADS 2018


Your dad will give you unconditional love. He's the best friend you'll ever have. He'll protect you, fight for you, and is always there to lend an ear or give you advice. This Father's Day show him just how much he means to you.

It's also graduation season. New grads are donning that cap and gown. It's time for that next step in life – which can be thrilling and scary at the same time.

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Father's Day is the perfect time to celebrate that special guy in your life – whether he be your dad, the father of your kids, your step-father, father-in-law, grandfather or even your great-grandfather – if you are lucky enough! Father's Day takes place on Sunday June 17 this year and it's the best excuse to appreciate dad.

There are plenty of ways to bond with your dad. Does he like to fish? Then take him on a fun-filled journey at Troutdale. Nestled in the heart of the Malibu Mountains, Troutdale is a series of artificial ponds chock full of fish. Grab dad, bring your rod and try your luck to grab some game! The entry fee at Troutdale is $7 and you get a bamboo pole, corn for bait, and a bucket for the fish you catch. You pay for the caught fish and to have them cleaned. www.allyoucanfish.com

If your dad is an adrenaline junkie there is no better activity than go-kart racing. At MB2 Raceway in Thousand Oaks you can thrill dad as he makes his speedy way around the track. Move up to speeds of 45 MPH. It's a rush he won't soon forget. www.mb2raceway.com

Does your dad love the ocean? Malibu Surf Shack provides rentals for all kinds of water activities whether it be surfing, paddleboarding or kayaking. Is he a newbie? They also offer private lessons. www.malibusurfshack.com

Getting back to nature is a great way to bond with your dad. So go for a hike. Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks drops 40 feet into a large pool along the Arroyo Conejo. The waterfall is located within Wildwood Park, and thanks to an almost excessive network of trails, Paradise Falls may be reached via several routes, including a 2.15-mile out and back hike or a 2.55-mile loop that visits a small cave.

He shoots! He scores! What is more enjoyable for dad than a paintball session? Stryker Paintball in Santa Paula creates an epic day full of fast paced, adrenaline pumping, real life fun. You can choose from military simulation game play with a group or a real life individual video game experience. www.strykerpa.com

Mmm...it's time for a good brew. Take your dad to Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie in Agoura Hills. They have a full selection of craft brews and yummy food as well. www.ladyfaceale.com

It's a hole in one! Take dad to enjoy a good round of golf. Westlake Golf Course in Westlake Village off golf teachers that will improve your game, as well as rental clubs. There is also a putting green and chipping green. www.westlakegc.com

Sports dads love to check out their favorite teams in action! Treat Dad to a Dodger game this Father's Day and cheer on the Dodgers as they face the San Francisco Giants. There will also be a promotional money clip giveaway. Get him some gear like the Los Angeles Dodgers custom jersey for $124.99 or the new era Los Angeles Dodgers fitted hat for $34.99. www.mlbshop.com

Celebrate Father's Day with a camping trip. Sycamore Canyon Campground is located in Point Mugu State Park. There are beautiful beaches, rocky peaks, and miles and miles of hiking trails. Tents and RVs are welcome in the 58 tent sites. Each site is $45 per night, plus $10 for any additional vehicles.

If you have a dad who enjoys being pampered, book him a professional shave. The Art of Shaving offers the 45 min Royal Shave for $60 – $65. This relaxing escape begins with a hot towel and pre-shave oil. Next, shaving cream is applied to the face in a rich, hot lather. A traditional straight razor shaves with the grain first, and then re-lathers and shaves against the grain. A hot towel, infused with lemon essential oil, is applied and followed by the after-shave mask. Finally, a cold towel provides a soothing end to the experience. www.theartofshaving.com

Does your dad love to putter around with an engine? This Father’s Day is the 25th Silver Anniversary of Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance; a stunning display of automobile excellence afforded by passionate car owners. There are more than one hundred classic cars to view, as well as tons of food and entertainment. http://rodeodrive-bh.com/event/rodeo-drive-concours-d-elegance

For more automotive fun the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles offers an array of car exhibits along with photo opportunities. www.petersen.org

Catch a tune with your music-loving dad. Kenny Metcalf as Elton is playing at the city of Agoura Hills Concerts in the Park. June 17 at 6 p.m. at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills. www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us

Valley Cultural Center’s Concerts on the Green presents Fortunate Son, a tribute to John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. June 17 at 6 p.m. at Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. www.valleycultural.org

Is your dad a foodie? Sign up for a cooking class to let him experiment in the kitchen. Sur La Table in Woodland Hills is the perfect space to start. Browse for your favorite dishes at www.surlatable.com

Did dad really want to drive a train? You’ll be on track with a Father's Day trip on the Fillmore & Western Railway Co.’s Father’s Day BBQ train in Fillmore. Take a relaxing vintage train ride while traveling through the scenic “Heritage Valley”. Feast on a country-cooked BBQ lunch the whole family will enjoy. www.fwry-blog.com

Join the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum for their 5th annual Father’s Day Celebration. The delicious barbecue buffet includes tri-tip, marinated chicken, macaroni and cheese, barbecue beans, coleslaw, and garlic rolls. Spend the rest of the day touring the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum grounds, the exhibit Genghis Khan: The Exhibition, and the amazing Air Force One Pavilion. www.reaganfoundation.org

Dad is king of the day!

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This year over 2.8 million university graduates will attempt to join the U.S. workforce with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. But can find they work? Unfortunately the millennial generation is still lagging in the workplace, with the millennial unemployment rate at an unfortunate 12.8 percent, compared to the national average of 4.9 percent.

So what characterizes these young, educated professionals?

The millennial generation is defined as ages 18 to 34. They have overtaken the baby boomer generation as the nation’s largest living generation. To put this in perspective, the most common age in America right now is 22. This group doesn’t expect huge salaries or the perfect job. They just want to pay their bills.

Millennials face higher university tuitions and more student loan debt than any previous generation, as well as stiffer competition to land the sought after jobs. Student loan debt is at a record high – nearly quadrupling over the past decade. Despite their reputation for hopping from one position to another, millennials are capable of staying in a job – but most have not had that luxury due to increased layoffs. 67% of millennials say being loyal to their employer is important to them. This is also the first generation that needs to have a college degree and experience to compete in the job market. Here are some ways millennials can make their way into the modern workplace.

Develop a resume, cover letter, and even a conversation to focus on what the employer needs. Talk about how you’re going to solve problems, save money, and become an asset for the company. Do not talk about what the company can do for you.

Employers want experience. There are ways to build up your skillset. Search for free online courses, find a mentor, get an internship, engage with a group of similarly-minded professionals. The more information on your resume and in your portfolio, the better.

Any job is better than no job. Lower expectations. While being an assistant isn't glamorous, it will get your foot into an organization that will observe your work ethic, critical thinking, and communication – which could open doors in the future.

Millenials are characterized as over educated and under employed, but truthfully many are keen on promoting their professional life.

So what do they want in a position?

Millennials have a huge need for positive feedback, performance assessment and professional development opportunities. It’s reflective of this generation, as millennials are have a deep seated desire to learn and grow in their careers. They want plain talk, inclusiveness, and directness in their superiors. They also fundamentally think about their jobs as a stepping stone and an opportunity for growth.

Millenials tend to gravitate toward a more informal work environment. Companies who are interested in attracting them are using this to their advantage. Creative employee perks and benefits include onsite fitness centers, fully-paid medical coverage, unlimited paid time off, working remotely, a flexible work environment and unlimited tuition reimbursement. What's most important to this generation is a work life and personal life balance.

Benefits such as volunteer time off and charitable gift matching have also increased in popularity. The desire to have retirement options from their employer is huge want for these young workers. Millennials are sensitive to making sure they are planning ahead.

With these kind of perks employees will go above and beyond their typical job responsibilities. They will go the extra mile – so hire them!

Congratulations to the class of 2018 and good luck in launching your professional career!

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