“He who fails to plan, plans to fail” -Ancient Proverb
We are about to start a new year, and with that new year comes new opportunities and challenges and successes. I wanted to provide a very basic overview of a potential plan for 9th-12th graders going into this new year. The importance of a plan is hard to stress in a short article, you either understand the value of a plan and do it, or you don’t. Another quote that has meant something to me is:
“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” –Thomas Edison
Here is a quick list of grade specific strategies you can employ this year:
– Make an appointment and meet with your school counselor to map out some challenging classes in your core academics.
– Start establishing relationships with your teachers and counselors; they may turn into your biggest fans when you’re planning to go to college.
– Get involved in your school or community or church activities. Starting early in your commitment to service and community involvement is the best strategy, but do not neglect your studies!
– Sign up for the PSAT or PLAN. These practice tests will help you get oriented to taking these tests and show you areas you may be weaker or stronger.
– Consider taking on leadership roles in some of the activities you are involved in.
– Start doing research on colleges you may be considering. Go see a basketball game, or a concert at a local university; get yourself on campus and start to see what college life looks and feels like.
– Find some local scholarships and scholarship opportunities at local colleges.
– Sign up for the PSAT; it counts toward the National Merit scholarship.
– Register for the SAT and/or ACT. Start studying!
– Attend Fall college fairs.
– Schedule a road trip with your parents, youth leader, coach, or older brother or sister- GO VISIT SOME COLLEGES.
– Find scholarships you are going to apply for and note the deadlines and requirements (probably around 50-100, this depends on your need and drive).
– Get your recommendation letters in EARLY.
– Finalize your college essays.
– Decide on your top 4-5 colleges and finish your college applications
– Register to take the SAT and/or ACT in EARLY fall. Be sure to take the SAT subject tests if your college choices require them.
– Pay attention to scholarship deadlines; being late is a sure way to disqualify yourself from the money!
If you need help with the college planning process, contact me directly at (619) 823-5974 or visit: www.collegelifeplanning.com
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Making a career plan is a matter of matching your skills and interests to an occupation to create a career goal, and then deciding the steps you need to take to reach that goal. Here’s a sample:
My Career Plan:
To become a civil engineer. To design, plan and supervise the construction of buildings, highways and rapid transit systems.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Analytical mind
- Capacity for detail
- Presentation skills
- Writing skills
- Knowledge of physical sciences and mathematics
- Accreditation by Licensing Board
Current Skills and Interests
- Summer worker for Smith Construction Co.
- High school mathematics courses
- High school science courses
- High school writing courses
- Experience working as a team
- Gave presentations in high school courses
Plan to Reach Career Goal
- Bachelor’s degree
- Attend the University of Texas School of Engineering
- Job experience
- Continue working for Smith Construction Co.
- Seek internships through university career placement office
- Join campus organizations for engineering students