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Need Help Choosing Your Future Career?

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Thu, May 5, 2016 @ 5:11 PM

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There are plenty of resources when it comes to planning for your future. Although you do not necessarily have to know exactly what you want to do when you enter college, it can certainly help. Many schools do not require you to declare a major right upon entry, but give you the opportunity to enroll in a variety of classes while you decide upon your eventual program. The majority of schools require you to declare a major at some point in your second year.

Some high school seniors may know what program or career they are pursuing from the start. This can help with the ultimate college decision, particularly if attending a specific program is important to you, but if you are not ready to choose your career, no worries. Many people even change careers (or majors) during their life. Here are some approaches you can take if you’re still considering your career and possible major of study:

Select a School With Additional Support

Some institutions cater specifically to freshman students who are undecided on their major. These may offer special programs that give students a breadth of knowledge in their first year and allow them to sample a wide array of courses. Other colleges may have additional, personalized support for freshmen, or offer sessions and presentations to help acquaint you with your various options. You might consider choosing a college with one of these helpful resources.

Be Open to New Opportunities

Your education is undoubtedly a time to discover. If you are unsure about your future career, why not explore all the possibilities out there? You can broaden your horizons by enrolling in unusual courses, or participating in a club that focuses on something unfamiliar to you. All of these steps give you a well-rounded education and just might introduce you to your dream job.

Consider Personality or Career Testing

When nothing seems to be your sole passion, you may want to look at career options from other angles. What are you good at? What professions fit with your inherent temperament? If you need assistance in this area, you can speak with a guidance counselor, career counselor, or even do some online research. The Internet offers plenty of career and personality quizzes that can show you what jobs may be naturally most enjoyable to you. And if you don’t find your ultimate career, you will still learn a great deal about yourself.

Give it a Try

If you’re considering a career but are unsure about it, head straight to the source. Learn everything you can about it, interview current professionals, and even visit or shadow at a workplace. If you’re feeling more serious about a specific occupation, you might even apply for an internship in the field. Real world experience is one of the best ways to help you determine the career which will fulfill you the most.

College Planning ABC can help you prepare for your future. Whether you’re ready to dive into a specific major or you’re still sampling the options, a college admissions expert can help. Contact our friendly team to get started today.

 

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The Junior Year: What to Do to Prepare for College

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 10:37 PM

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Think preparation for college is just for senior year? Think again! If you’re in you’re junior year in high school, NOW is the time to begin getting ready for college. What you do this year will help pave the way for a smooth, stress-free senior year. Best of all? Planning early ensures you have the free time to enjoy your final year of high school to its fullest.

Start Thinking Seriously About What You Will Study

While many colleges don’t make you declare a major right away, it is still the best use of your higher education to go in with a long-range plan in mind. It is totally okay if that changes during college, and in fact, a large percentage of students switch majors at some point. What matters is that you are continually working towards a goal.

During junior year, start researching possible majors and fields of study. Take a look at what careers are obtained by people with various degrees. If you feel totally at a loss, there are many websites which offer free and simple assessment tools to help you determine which careers match your interests and talents.

Register and Take the PSAT and SAT

While taking another test probably doesn’t sound like much fun, the PSAT will help prepare you for the SAT. By the time you take the SAT, you’ll feel even more confident in your knowledge and you’re sure to do great. As an added bonus, taking the PSAT allows you to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program, which could earn you valuable funds for college.

Most juniors take the SAT in the spring, so begin registering and preparing now for this important exam.

Gather, Gather, Gather

Junior year is the ideal time to gather information. Since you still have plenty of time to decide upon your final college choice, now is the time to weigh your options. Attend college fairs, send away for materials, research university websites, and talk to your guidance counselor. As well, talk to your parents about your expectations for schools. Will you stay close to home? What are the financial considerations? You can begin making lists of colleges that appeal to you. By the end of junior year, you may have it narrowed down so that you can start planning college visits next summer and fall.

Apply for Scholarships

Senior year is not the only time to you can be eligible to earn money for college. There are scholarships for juniors as well. Apply to these this year, as well as search for possible opportunities for the next year. You’ll be one step ahead of the game and you’ll know exactly what is required.

Keep Up Your Grades

When you begin applying to colleges next fall, schools will be looking at your transcript. At the time of your application, what will most likely be at the top of your transcript are your grades from your junior year. That makes this a really important time to stay on your game. Keep at the books, make sure you’re on track for graduation, and it will all pay off in just another year.

 

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