College is expensive. You need to be pro-active in making sure that what you are doing makes sense. Data suggests that KRHS 30% will transfer colleges 2-4 times, 40% will graduate (both align with national averages). Highest success rate is UNH, followed by SNHU. Silver or gold scholars complete college at a 99% rate. Whether you make it through or not, you will have debt that needs to be paid off. How will you do it? Having a good plan to help you "fill your toolbox" with classes, experiences, and skills is a great start. And this begins with questions: Which are the “hot” careers? Which are not? What am I interested in? What do I need to do in order to get there?
Some very helpful resources to get you started:
Choose from any major to gain major insights to help you find your perfect fit
Future planning by career (actuarial mathematics, anyone?)
Possible govt jobs (pensions, benefits, steady)
Salary structure, job title, search terms, whether or not this career makes sense for me
Also Linkedin, Monster, etc. can help refine what to put in your resume
Research the bios of the people in your field/department to see what they did (and what you might need to be working on!)
Play on these sites now, not after you graduate!
Why read job descriptions and sample resumes?
- Use the buzzwords from the job description in your resume!!
- Use industry employment opportunities job descriptions to help plan for a future career.
- Use job descriptions to help decide which courses would help you “fill your tool box” and add the right skills.
- Choose the right internships and volunteer work
Why hire a newbie: you are cheaper, coachable, and have current “best practices”
Anecdote: “Please sing the Tri-Delta theme song” (make sure if it is on your resume, you are ready to talk about it … if it’s there it is fair game)
Assignment: go to job search (nhworks) and find a specific job in a career you might want to pursue … what will it take, how can this inform your resume-writing, course-selection, and life-planning decision-making.
Note from Mr. Gauthier: Steve Jobs suggested that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward” (calligraphy course → macintosh computer typeface) … but maybe not--this may be a way to connect the dots looking forward.