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How to be College and Career Ready
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In middle school, it is super important that students start to explore the world of work and colleges they might be interested in. This is not a time to figure out specifically what you want to do but rather explore and see what is out there.  This is also a great time to get to know yourself and your interests and skills. Midle School Students should be in the explorations phase of the career planning process   The links below are phenomenal resources to get started exploring the world of work. You can use some sites to calculate the income needed for one's desired lifestyles or to see how much education certain jobs need.  Take a look around 

The Career Planning Process!
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What Does the Career Planning Process look like?
* If at any point you get stuck return to the previous step, most people do not spend enough time in the self-exploration phase making the next steps harder!

Self Exploration

Explore who you are and what you enjoy

  • What are you interested in?  What do you value?

  • What classes have you enjoyed? Which have you not?

  • What activities have you enjoyed? What don’t you like?

  • What are you skilled or good at? What skills can you gain?

  • What do you like to do for fun? What are your hobbies?   

  • What types of occupations do you know about?

  • What have you dreamed about doing? 

Research Careers / Academic Programs (Colleges)

Identify what you want to do? 

Goal Setting

Identify your goals and how to achieve them 

  • Identify your educational goals

  • Identify your career goals

  • Develop an action plan to achieve your goals

  • Obtain help in choosing colleges, majors, and careers by chatting with you School Counselor or Career Center

Educational Experience

Gain experience in the World of Work 

  • Informational Interviews

  • Job Shadowing

  • Career/ College Fairs

  • Mentoring

  • Part-time/Full-time jobs

  • Volunteer positions

  • Community service

  • Internships

Job Search

Plan your Job Search

  • Create a Resume/ Write a Cover letter

  • Internet job search