Finding the right fit

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Finding the right fit

  1. 1. Finding the Right FitListening to your own inner voice in the career and college search
  2. 2. Presenter Sandy Farris, M.Ed.College and School Counselor Indian Hill High School President-Elect, OACAC
  3. 3. How do I get to know ME?• Often hard to filter out advice and information• Not much chance/encouragement to think about the questions• Peer pressure is great• Parental/family pressure is great, too• Need to connect skills and talents with daydreams and desires
  4. 4. Home-Grown Activities• In-person, group-oriented activities – Fold your paper into four columns • Interests • Job Ideas • Requirements • Things I can do now
  5. 5. Activities• Think about what you love! List 10 things.• Identify defining experiences (2-3) and write one sentence about the most important.• Create a self-portrait – list 10 qualities. If you’re stuck, try fill-in-the-blank
  6. 6. self discovery• Consider your strengths and weaknesses and list 3-5 of each.• Explore careers! (majors and career profiles on the College Board website).
  7. 7. What sources can I use?• Career Interest Surveys – Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) – forced choice, similar to MBTI, 70 questions, immediate feedback – Edonline.com – mI-career – 40 questions, 5 MC choices, Personality Based Career Selector – Schooltoworld.org – Career Interest Survey with six career areas – Pathway-pals.tripod.com – 128 job activity pictures
  8. 8. More Sources• Collegeboard.com – Big Future• Actstudent.org – Explore, and PLAN• Naviance• OCIS• AES – educationplanner.org• Career One Stop• Occupational Outlook Handbook
  9. 9. Search for Colleges that offer Majors in which you are interested• Use college search engines: – College Navigator – http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator – U-CAN Network – http://www.ucan-network.org – College Portraits – http://www.collegeportraits.org – US News – http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/ – best-colleges
  10. 10. • College Board – http://www.collegeboard.org• Cappex – http://www.cappex.com• Others you like?• College Guides
  11. 11. Consider four important factors:• I. Academics and Type of Institution• II. Physical Environment/Housing & Facilities• III. Social/Recreation/Club & Activities• IV. Affordability

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