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Getting Started

Step One:  Identify Your Career Interests

 

The first step to choosing a college/career goal is to identify your interests.  What is on the list of things you LIKE to do?  What do you NOT LIKE to do?  There are many career interest inventories to help you figure it out.  Here are just a few that our Wildcats can use:

  • Career Cruising (Username = KCK-StudentID, Password = Date of Birth mmddyy)
  • JA My Way (Sponsored by Junior Achievement. Any person may create a free account to see job recommendations and other activities)
  • Myers Briggs/Jung Typology Test (LONG test, but provides details descriptions of personality and preferences)

 

Step Two:  Find the jobs that fit your interests, are in demand, AND pay wages that fit your lifestyle needs.

 

The second step to choosing a college/career is figuring out which careers fit your interests, are in demand, AND pay wages that fit your lifestyle needs- Even entrepreneurs need to know which industries to start businesses in.  The good news is that there are a couple of resources that make this research easier, including:

 

Step Three:  Find the certificate and degree programs fit the jobs you are interested in.

 

The descriptions provided by Career Cruising and the Occupational Outlook Handbook included recommendations for education.  Use that information to identify a few certificate and degree programs that fit your interests.  This is a critical step for Wildcats who plan to enlist in the military as well-- Our military branches provide educational programs too!

 

 

Step Four:  Find the colleges, universities, and military branches that offer the certificates/degrees you are interested in.

 

Now you can search for the schools that provide the best education to prepare you for the career(s) you love!  This is usually the part students enjoy most.  Search and compare the certificate and degree options that will help you compete for your dream job.  While you are at it, you might as well compare admission criteria, housing options, campus size, cost, and other factors that you value.

The good news is that there a a couple of resources that make this research easier, including:

 

Step Five:  Get to know your schools/military branches.

 

Now that you have found a few schools and/or military branches that offer the program you need, get to know them well.  These are a few areas to explore first:

  • Admissions/Recruitment Office (Call the school and SPEAK to an admissions representative/recruiter to be sure you are getting the latest and greatest information that will ensure you prepared.)
  • Financial Aid Office (Call the school and SPEAK to a financial aid representative to be sure you are getting the latest and greatest information about school scholarship deadlines- They have the $$$.)
  • Program Department (Call the school and SPEAK to a representative in the office that offers the certificate/degree you are seeking to be sure you are getting the latest and greatest information about opportunities for high school students, special department scholarships, and other guidance.)
  • Athletics Department (Yes, military branches have competitive sports too!) (If you are athletic, call the school or branch office and SPEAK to a representative in the athletics office to be sure you are getting the latest and greatest information about opportunities for high school students, special athletic scholarships (even in smaller sports you have never played), and other guidance.)
  • Office for Student Life (Call the school and SPEAK to a representative in the office for student life to be sure you are getting the latest and greatest information about opportunities for high school students, special scholarships from various student organizations, and other guidance.)
  • Offices for Disability Services (Students with disabilities should call the school and SPEAK to a representative in the office for disability services to be sure you understand all of the support available to you.)