Career and College Planning

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Penn Manor Counseling Department Recommended Post-Secondary Planning Resources- from searching, visiting, to applying and accepting!

Terminology:

Have questions about the college lingo or other terminology? Check out this  High School College-Bound and College Planning Glossary of Terms.

Pre-College Planners and Checklists:

Download the following Pre-College Planner and use it to guide you through your college planning and search!  http://www.acm.edu/uploads/cms/documents/acm-pre-collegeplanner.pdf

college-prep-checklist–excellent resource to confirm that you are on track!

https://www.nexttiereducation.com/  Use this site to help you keep track of schools, application due dates etc!

Download and use the following two eBooks provided by the ACT to consider your options for after HS and guide you as you explore and plan.

ACT-College-Planning-Guide-eBook

ACT-eBook-for-Juniors


Sites to get you thinking about the Post-Secondary Education planning process:

The ultimate guide to applying for college: how to complete a college application that stands out!

This is a great site to start your college planning process and start brainstorming ideas for your future! – http://www.collegegrazing.com/home

www.collegeview.com  College View:  Good explanation of self assessment tests to help figure out possible areas of strength, study etc!

www.aessuccess.org  American Education Services:  Education planner has articles, information, and tips on everything associated with the college planning process.

Sites for Searching for and Comparing Schools:

www.passhe.edu  Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education:  Information about the 14 PA state universities.

This is a fantastic site to find schools as well as compare schools. All you have to do is enter in the information for your ideal school (program/degrees, location, size, name) and the schools that match the criteria will pop up! https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

www.petersons.com  Peterson’s Guide:  College planning, scholarships, resume builder.

Community Colleges are a fantastic option for many students.  Check out this source of information about Community Colleges that offer on-campus housing #dormlife

https://onedrive.live.com/View.aspx?resid=10EF6275CD1B36B0!170733&authkey=!AGAr4zQxv5U5WSE

http://www.ucan-network.org/  Great resource for checking out private colleges.

www.princetonreview.com  The Princeton Review:  College searches, practice tests available.

www.usnews.com/education  U.S. News & World Report:  College rankings and career information.

www.schoolguides.com— check college profiles, finanicial aid info, scholarship tips, college news and more…

www.bigfuture.org  Free website that improves college planning for students, families, and educators.

www.applymap.com  Use this site to find which colleges would be most appropriate based upon a student’s grades, scores, and interests. Once completed, students will be able to share their college list as well as see their chances for acceptance.

www.collegenet.com  CollegeNet:  Two and four year college searches available.

Sites for First Generation and Underrepresented Students:

College Greenlight connects first generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors.  https://www.collegegreenlight.com/

Sites to help you conduct a College Visit:

The ultimate guide to conquering campus visits! – http://pages.act.org/rs/480-GCQ-034/images/act-campus-visit-ebook.pdf?aliId=368909837

www.youvisit.com/colleges  Allows you take college virtual tours in virtual reality.

Sites to help you Write your College Essay:

Collegeessayguy.com  – check out this website to get tips on writing your college essays.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/essays  GREAT tips for writing application essays, pitfalls to avoid, and sample essays!

http://www.dearadmissions.com/  Great resource to write your college essay.   “The Art of the Personal Statement,” is available for download here.  It’s a free full-length book, featuring advice and sample essays, each followed by comment and analysis.

Sites to learn about taking a gap year or study abroad:

http://www.aie.org/  An excellent site with tons of links to college information, taking a gap year, study abroad, and making the most out of high school

Sites to help you choose a college major:

http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/ Gives information and future careers that fall within a specific major in college.

Colleges For Specific Careers:

For COSMETOLOGY Schools

Interested in a career as a:  Hair stylist  Cosmetologist  Masseuse  Esthetician  Nail care artist  Salon owner  Barber?  Check out the link below for schools to check out.

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/education/beauty-schools/#guide-reviews

For THEATER MAJORS

http://collegedirectory.schooltheatre.org  online searchable database for about 270 colleges theater programs.

www.Schooltheatre.org   The official website of the Education Theatre Association.

Apprenticeship Opportunities:

The Link Below will take you to the Apprenticeship Application for the Central PA Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors.

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Common Application Resources: 

Past Common  Application  Essay topics:

The Common App (Application) is an online college application used by over 500 colleges and universities.

Website: https://www.commonapp.org  (you can subscribe for updates here). Help Page: https://recsupport.commonapp.org/link/portal/33011/33014/Article/794/Training-Resources-Library

Here are the essay prompts for the Common App next year (this is relevant for current juniors!)

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Here are links to help with career planning

https://ocs.yale.edu/career-resource/zety-blog-articles-networking (Copy & paste) – This site helps with writing a resume and cover letter, professional etiquette, getting references and preparing for an interview

https://zety.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-career (Copy & paste)

Current juniors could spend some time this summer working on college essays to distribute the senior year workload which is heavy in the fall, considering their coursework plus college applications. Also, juniors could ask several teachers for letters of recommendation this June to be written over the summer. Teachers get inundated with requests for letters of recommendation in the fall and winter.

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