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COLLEGE AND CAREER

PLANNING NIGHT

TONIGHTS AGENDA

Know Yourself
Career Planning Tips
How to Pick a College
College Admission
Paying for College
Apprenticeships

CAREER & PERSONALITY RESOURCES

Aptitude & Interests

Do What You Are: http://www.dowhatyouare.com/bridges


16 Personalities http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
People Patterns : http://www.keirsey.com
National Career Development Association: http://ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/
home_page
Learning styles:
http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-stylesquiz.shtml
Need help picking a career: http://kivunim.huji.ac.il/cddq/
College Bound: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-bound
Career One Stop: http://careeronestop.org
Exploring Occupations: http://www.umanitoba.ca/counselling/careers.html
Career Schools: http://www.careerschools.org/

CHOOSING A COLLEGE

commuting vs. living


on campus
urban vs. small
college town
size of the school
extracurricular/
athletic activities
size of classes/
faculty-student ratio
restrictions/
regulations of social
life
type of programs
offered
cost of the school

2- Year
o
o

Open-door Admission
Policy
High School Diploma &
ACT/SAT Scores are used
for placement
Accept High School grads,
G.E.D. recipients, or
individuals at least 16
years of age that have
withdrawn from high
school.

4-year
o
o

ACT/SAT Scores are


required
G.P.A., class rank,
volunteer work, personal
statement, professional
essay, extra curricular
activities, letters of
recommendation, and
transcripts

List, Compare,Visit
and Collect information
Talk with College Representative
Talk with Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, Parents,
and College students
Visit the College Web site
Schedule appointment for campus visit
Prepare a college comparison worksheet
Weigh advantages and disadvantages

What (Nearly!) Every Application


Asks
Students full LEGAL
name
List of all high schools
attended
State of residence of
both student and
parents
Six Digit high school
code :
Courses in progress

Standardized Test
Scores
Signature from
student, parent, and
counselor
Letter of
Recommendation from
Teacher(s), Counselor,
or Supervisor

What are College Admissions Officers


looking for in prospective students?

G.P.A.
Rank
ACT/SAT Test Score
Personal statement
Recommendations
Difficulty of course
selections
Courses in progress
Junior & Senior year

Academic
Accomplishments
School Involvement
Personality
Characteristics
Level of Commitment
Personal
Accomplishments
?

Personal Statement
Why are you
interested in that
particular college or
university?
Impact on admissions

Why would you be a


good addition to that
particular academic
community?
Topics include: life
lessons, personal
challenges, areas of
interests

PAYING FOR
COLLEGE

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid or WASFA(Washington App
lication State Financial Aid
www.fastweb.com This site offers an extensive database on
national, local, and college specific scholarships.
www.schoolsoup.com Site offers students a free scholarship search
to worlds largest database worth over 32 billion dollars.
www.careeronestop.org Site offers students an extensive library of
career resources that include career exploration, job search for
every state in U.S., self-assessments, free scholarship search,
college search, and more.
www.finaid.org Offers financial aid and information with links to
test preparation and internship opportunities, for students who
want to earn as they learn.
www.washboard.org Offers scholarship information for Washington
state residents. Scholarships are not just for instate institutions.
www.scholarships.com Search for local and national college
scholarships and grants. Free scholarship search worth over 19
billion. Scholarships match your academics, talents, and interests.
http://www.finaid.org/calculators/awardletteradvanced.phtml

What if I dont want to go


to College?
How to become an apprentice:
http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprentic
eship/Become/
default.asp

Todd Snider, Apprenticeship Consultant Phone: 206-515-2842


Email: Todd.Snider@Lni.wa.gov

Army, Navy, Marines, Police, Coast Guard,


National Guard, Fire Fighting, Real Estate Agent,
Groundskeeper/Landscaper
Start Your Own Business
o http://study.com/articles/
7_Universities_and_Websites_Offering_Free_Business_Entrepreneurship
_Courses_Online.html
o http://business.wa.gov/start-your-business

Linkedin/Resume
www.linkedin.com
http://www.livecareer.com/builder/load.aspx?
utm_source=LiveCareerContent&utm_medium=orgn&utm_campaign=Top
-Ad-Unit-11409#