Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Awesome College Exploration Sites & Financial Aid Sites

The KnowHow2Go website provides helpful information for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students preparing for college. This is a great site for parents and students so that they can know how to go to college. The first site is the national KnowHow2Go website. The second site is the KnowHow2GoMichigan website--this will give specific information for colleges in Michigan. Be sure to check out the Student Financial Services Bureau for financial aid on the second site for Michigan colleges.

(1) Clickhere
(2) Clickhere

Monday, April 25, 2011

USA Today Career Videos: Old--yet helpful

Refer to my previous post of the 3 Excellent Career Exploration Sites to do your career exploration.

Best College Information Sites

Once you have selected your career pathway option, explore your educational options for U.S. colleges and world colleges by clicking below on BrainTrack®. Also, use MyCollegeCalendar to understand the application process and the types of admission as well as learning about financial aid and scholarships; this may be the best site for all of your college questions and answers. Lastly, the Index of American Universities provides a comprehensive resource for learning about American Universities.

Click here BrainTrack

Click here MyCollegeCalendar

Click here Index of American Universities

Saturday, April 23, 2011

9 Excellent Career Exploration Sites

To continue your career exploration, explore the CareerOneStop site, the Occupational Outlook Handbook site, and the O*Net site. These sites provide career information videos, employment trends, salary information, and educational information. In fact, these seven sites provide free resources for self-assessment, career exploration, educational planning, and job search skills such as resume and interviewing skills. The fourth site provides CareerTech information. BrainTrack provides college and career information. Mappingyourfuture provides career assessments and career exploration information. Careercruising is an excellent site for career and college planning. Finally, Northern Michigan University provides excellent information. Click below.

Clickhere CareerOneStop
Clickhere Occupational Outlook Handbook
Clickhere O*Net
Clickhere CareerTech
Clickhere BrainTrack
Clickhere Mappingyourfuture
Clickhere Career Cruising

To login to Career Cruising, use the following: Username: trentonhs Password: trojans Clickhere Northern Michigan University   Career Outlook Projections

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Are Career Pathways, Career Clusters, and the World of Work Map?

Carer pathways are a way of organizing careers into broad categories. Knowing which career pathway interests you can be the first step in identifying your future career.
Survey the career pathways below as well as the career clusters. To get more information, click below to get excellent examples of specific careers within the six career pathways and multiple career clusters. The second and third sites will also give you the World of Work Map for ACT. The third site is interactive.

1. Arts and Communications
2. Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology
3. Health Science
4. Human Service
5. Natural Resources and Agriscience
6. Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

1. Click here
Michigan Career Clusters
2. Click here
ACT World of Work Map
3. Click here
ACT World of Work Map
4. Click here
CTE Career Clusters and Pathways

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Career Decision Making Process

The career decision making process is a complex process involving self-assessment, career exploration, and educational planning.

By answering the questions below, you will be on your way to making a good decision about your career pathway.

Who, What, Where, and How?

1. Who am I? That is, what are your values, skills, interests, and dreams regarding a career?
2. What is my career goal?
3. What education is needed to accomplish my career goal?
4. Where can I obtain my education to accomplish my career goal?
5. How long will it take to accomplish my career goal, and how much will it cost?

Five Factors for College Success

The process of getting into college and paying for college can be overwhelming. However, do not get discouraged. You can do it.

Five Factors for College Success

1. You have the necessary academic skills to succeed in college.
2. You have the finances to pay for college, or you know how to apply for
financial aid and scholarships.
3. You have a clear focus on your career pathway.
4. You have social and emotional support from family and friends to encourage you and help you persevere.
5. You have a commitment to complete your degree.