Presentation on theme: "CAREERS: Planning for the future while in high school 9 th - 12 th grade parents & students Mrs. Paula Haugle, M.S. School Counselor, PreK-12 Elmwood School."— Presentation transcript:
CAREERS: Planning for the future while in high school 9 th - 12 th grade parents & students Mrs. Paula Haugle, M.S. School Counselor, PreK-12 Elmwood School District 639-2711 or 639-2721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda Career Preparation in High School Post High School Options College search & application process UW – Stout and CVTC Representatives
The Importance of Planning Involve your parents Stay organized Explore your possibilities Check in with Mrs. Haugle for help and to notify her of your future plans
What can be done now to prepare for life after high school? Always do your best Be responsible Get involved! Extra-curricular activities Volunteer work/community service Leadership positions What is going to set you apart?
Earning College Credits while in High School Youth Options Program Take classes from a university or technical college while in high school Earn both high school and college credit The classes must go above and beyond Elmwood’s curriculum Must be approved by the school board by: March 1 for a fall semester class October 1 for a spring semester class
Earning College Credits while in High School Articulation Agreements Take a class at Elmwood High School Earn both high school and college credit Redeem your college credits when you attend that institution after high school Current Agreements: Intro to Soils, CVTC Proposed Agreements: Child Development, CVTC
Earning College Credits while in High School Youth Apprenticeships Gain recognition from state of WI for working part time Earn technical college credit 1 or 2 year programs Can begin your junior year See Mrs. Haugle to sign up
Youth Apprenticeship Program Areas Auto Collision Auto Technology Biotechnology Drafting and Design (Architecture, Engineering, or Mechanical Design) Finance Graphic Arts – Printing Health Services Hospitality, Lodging, & Tourism Information Technology (Computer Science or Networking) Industrial Equipment Insurance Logistics (Freight) Manufacturing Production Agriculture (Animal or Soils & Crops) Welding
Elmwood High School Graduation Requirements 26 Credits are required to graduate and must include a minimum of the following: 4 credits of English 3 credits of Social Studies 2 credits of Mathematics 2 credits of Science 1 ½ credits of Physical Education ½ credit of Health
Elmwood High School Graduation Requirements – Cont’d Each student must take seven subjects each semester (passing seven is the requirement for participation in athletics and other activities). A total of eight semesters in attendance is required for graduation.
Common University Admission Requirements 4 credits of English 3 credits of Social Studies 3 credits of Mathematics 3 credits of Science 4 credits of Electives 2 credits of a Foreign Language
Comparing Requirements 4 credits of English 3 credits of Social Studies 3 credits of Mathematics 3 credits of Science 4 credits of Electives 2 credits of a Foreign Language 4 credits of English 3 credits of Social Studies 2 credits of Mathematics 2 credits of Science 1 ½ credits of Physical Education ½ credit of Health 13 addt’l credits UniversityElmwood
Ideas for Career Searching Think about what you like (& don’t like) to do Talk to your parents Check online resources Make lists Talk to Mrs. Haugle Talk to people you know to see what they do Complete job shadows It takes time and effort to truly figure it out!
WISCareers http://wiscareers.wisc.edu Take inventories to give you career ideas Search for careers, colleges, and majors Save your searches in your portfolio to reference later
The first time you login: Code esd-c381 If you forget your login information, do not create a new account – see Mrs. Haugle for login information WISCareers http://wiscareers.wisc.edu
1, 2, 3, Career Planning Step 1: Take a realistic look at your strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Source: www.act.org
Take a realistic look at your strengths, weaknesses, and interests. What do you think about yourself? What can help you achieve your goals, and what obstacles could get in your way? What types of work, school courses, and activities do you like? What interests you? What do you do well now, and what skills have you gained through experience? Source: www.act.org
1, 2, 3, Career Planning Step 2: Explore your options. Source: www.act.org
Explore Your Options – Become aware of your possibilities! Utilize WISCareers and other exploration tools Spend time with people whose activities interest you Volunteer, shadow, or work in a job that interests you Discuss and share your career plans with others Source: www.act.org
1, 2, 3, Career Planning Step 3: Consider the issues and take action to reach your goals. Source: www.act.org
Consider the Issues and Take Action What do you need to study? What schools offer the training you need? How will you pay for school? Are you ready to search for a job? How will you balance work and school? How will you manage family commitments? Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options University Community College Technical College Apprenticeship Military Service Work Force Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options - University Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science 4-5 years to complete Public and Private U.S. and abroad Focused on well-rounded education Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options – Community College Associate Degree Transfer to a University One semester – 2 years Can ease transition to college Credits usually cost less Make sure ahead of time that credits will transfer (uwhelp.wisconsin.edu) Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options – Technical College Associate Degree (usu. 2 years) Diploma (usu. 1-2 years) Certificate (usu. 6 months – 1 year) Transfer to a University Generally more hands-on Focused on a specific career – can be fast paced Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options – Apprenticeship Formalized training for highly skilled trade workers such as electricians, carpenters, and plumbers Combination of on the job training and classroom training, usually facilitated by unions, employers, technical schools, and government agencies See Mrs. Haugle for details if you’re interested in this option Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options – U.S. Military Service Army Navy Air Force Marine Corps Coast Guard National Guard Source: www.act.org
Post High School Options – Work Force Earnings potential – now vs. later Job search process Finding available jobs Applying for jobs – application, resume, cover letter Interviewing for jobs On the job training Work ethic & skills Source: www.act.org
Why Go to College? Learn More, Earn More Source: UW River Falls & US Census Bureau (amounts are in millions of 2006 dollars)
Why Go to College? - Demand For more information on the outlook for specific careers, visit the WISCareers website. Jobs that require degrees beyond high school Jobs that don’t require degrees beyond high school Growing Shrinking
College Search – Getting Started Attend College Fairs Have an idea of possible majors Gather information from: Your school counselor School websites School handouts and catalogs Speak to representatives that visit EHS Visit Campuses
Colleges: Public vs. Private Public schools receive funding from the government, private schools do not Cost Size Reputation Philosophy Bottom Line: Personal Preference
Common University Admissions Requirements Rigorous Core Classes Advanced Math, English, Social Science, and Science. Avoid the “senior slump.” Just because graduation requirements are met, don’t stop working hard – colleges look at that! ACT/SAT Scores GPA Class Rank
College Admissions, Cont’d There is high demand for STEM related majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Fee waivers – if you qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, let me know when you apply and I’ll send a confidential letter to have your application fee waived.
ACT and SAT College entrance exams ACT most common in Midwest Very few schools do not accept ACT SAT is more common among East Coast and Ivy League schools ACT assesses what you know (content) SAT assesses how you think (reason)
Preparing for the ACT and SAT EXPLORE (8 th grade) and PLAN (10 th grade) PSAT/NMSQT (11 th grade) ACT practice booklet Online prep: www.knowhow2gowisconsin.org Books (some are available in the Guidance Office) Caution: If you are going to purchase any preparation materials, only do so through ACT or SAT (Collegeboard).
Registering for the ACT and SAT ACT Register at www.actstudent.org or with a packet available in the Guidance Office. Choose writing option or not. SAT Register online at www.collegeboard.com Elmwood’s school code is: 500-620
ACT and SAT Test Dates September 12, 2009 October 24, 2009 December 12, 2009 February 6, 2010 April 10, 2010 June 12, 2010 October 10, 2009 November 7, 2009 December 5, 2009 January 23, 2010 March 13, 2010 May 1, 2010 June 5, 2010 ACTSAT
ACT Exams Desired Scores ACT score should be at least 21-23 ACT scores usually have more bearing than GPA Leave time to take twice in Junior year Don’t wait until Senior year to take it the first time! ACT/SAT Scores are typically not required for 2 year institutions Note: if SAT scores are required for the school you’re interested in, check on their specific requirements.
College Application Process Check the specific requirements of the school you’re applying to. Deadlines for applications Priority consideration deadlines are usually November 1 for the following fall admissions Requirements for applications Complete application, transcripts, essay, ACT/SAT scores, application fee, letters of recommendation Note: if you didn’t automatically send ACT scores to the college you’re applying to, you have to login to www.actstudent.org and pay an additional fee to have them sent to the college
Tips for Filling out Applications Use pen & write legibly Don’t scribble out mistakes Check spelling and grammar Don’t forget to sign it Let Mrs. Haugle know to send transcripts Make sure all appropriate letters are capitalized Check spelling and grammar Follow checkists Print the counselor form and give to Mrs. Haugle Paper ApplicationsOnline Applications Have someone proofread your application!
Essay Writing Tips Colleges use your essays to evaluate your writing skills - use your best writing skills! Write about something that sets you apart and that you’re passionate about (activities, leadership, volunteerism, or a hardship you’ve overcome). With college admissions becoming more and more competitive, you need to stand out – show them how you are unique!
Summary Career Preparation in High School Post High School Options College search & application process UW – Stout and CVTC Representatives