WHEN TO START?
As soon as students enter high school it is time to start
planning for college. In fact, studies show that most students decide if
they are 'college material' while still in middle school. Early awarennes
is the key. Planning ahead with high school course selection can be critical.
Many colleges require specific courses like foreign language or algebra
in order to be admitted. Summer programs on college campuses may offer high
school students a taste of university life and new academic skills. In Washington,
the Running Start program allows students to take college courses while
completing high school.
BUILDING AN EDUCATIONAL
HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT COLLEGE AND AREA OF STUDY
Planning is essential if goals are to be successfully reached.
Unfortunately, most people neglect to plan carefully for the one decision
that will most effect their career opportunities and lifetime income potential.
Planning for college today can be intimidating. Rapid changes in programs,
costs and government rules that effect college requirements and resources
are complicating the planning process. Provided with the college planning
basics, prospective college students and their families can plan for a successful
higher education. This planning process is essentially the same for traditional
high school and college age students, adults returning to college during
their working years and even retirees seeking to start a second career.
HOW DO YOUR STRENGTHS AND
WEAKNESSES MATCH WITH YOUR INTENDED AREA OF STUDY?
Experts often counsel students to study what they love most.
Most employers recommend that students get a good basic education, worrying
less about specialization and more about fundamental communication and learning
skills. On-the-job training covers the more technical aspects of most work
environments. For many students, the secret of a successful college experience
is to focus on academic strengths and avoid any college major that requires
substantial study of subjects that are disliked. The basics cannot be avoided
and all colleges require a core of study that includes essential knowledge
for program completion. The more a student enjoys what they study, the better
WHAT CARRER OR LIFESTYLE
OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU WANT AVAILABLE AFTER COLLEGE?
A college degree does not always directly lead to the desired
job or career. Planning for career or lifestyle options can help prepare
students to take advantage of academic, mentoring and internship opportunities
while in college. These opportunities often lead to jobs directly from college.
Do some research on prospective employers. Contact the human resource or
personnel office at local companies that recruit and hire college graduates
in select fields. Ask them about programs and colleges that best prepare
students for their company. Ask about starting salaries and benefits. Will
this allow you to have a comfortable lifestyle? By identifying prospective
career options and employers, students are giving their college efforts
a sense of direction.