- "What do you want to do after you graduate from high school?"
- "What is your intended major in college?"
- "Where do you want to go to college?"
So many choices, options, and decisions to make while you are still juggling high school!
Have no fear! You are not alone if you have no idea where to begin your career or college search!
Think about the following suggestions to begin your post-secondary planning:
1. Evaluate Yourself!
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Look at your transcript; which classes did you do well in or enjoy?
- List your favorite hobbies, interests and clubs or organizations you are apart of. They may include writing, taking care of animals, trends in fashion, cooking, visual and performing arts, traveling, helping friends, sports, environmental issues and many others! These areas may indicate areas that you may want to pursue as a career, college major or training program.
- Use www.mynextmove.org to assist in your career research and planning!
2. Complete Career Assessments
- Career Cruising assessment: "Matchmaker"
- Create an account (tutorial), then click on Explore my Interests, Start Matchmaker
- Career Cluster Finder assessment
- Log into Naviance, then click on Careers, then Career Cluster Finder
- Career Interest Profiler assessment
- Log into Naviance, then click on Careers, then Career Interest Profiler
- Determine if there are similarities between the different assessments or common career clusters (i.e. health care, education, business, engineering, skilled trades, etc...)
3. Volunteer, job shadow, join clubs and gain exposure in your field of interest. Explore these sites below:
- List of WTHS clubs and extra-curricular organizations
- Hospital Volunteer Contacts
- Volunteer Opportunities in Lake County
- Accounting-Information about different types of accounting careers, best accounting schools and accounting scholarships
- Engineering-Information about different types of engineering careers and universities which offer specific engineering majors
- Health Careers-Information about different types of health careers and job opportunities
- Occupational Outlook Handbook-The most recognized source of career information and job trends; updated every 2 years
4. Finding the right fit in a college or university
Community College vs. Four-Year Colleges/Universities:
- Finding the right plan for you requires an understanding of your values, skills and interests. One factor you should consider is how your learning style matches the educational institutions that you are considering attending. If you prefer classes that relate directly to a particular career, and/or a more hands-on approach to education, you may want to consider beginning your education at a community college or technical school. Or, you might decide that you want to begin college coursework, however you do not want to move away from home or attend a four-year institution quite yet. Community colleges can help ease the transition from high school to college. Of course, the decision of whether to attend a two-year college or four-year college is not this simple. We want to remind you of the importance of considering who you are when you are deciding on what type of institution to attend.
Consider Personal Factors
When researching and comparing colleges, you will want to consider your personal preferences such as selectivity (admission competitiveness), type of school (public or private), majors offered, size, location, activities available, faculty-to-student ratio, composition of the student body, facilities, special programs available, housing, and cost. It is a good idea to have in mind what is most important to you before you begin exploring schools. Many students benefit from using a comparison worksheet.
PLEASE NOTE: All through your own process of deciding where you want to apply to college or what you want to do for a career, remember that your counselor, post-secondary counselors and the resources of the College & Career Center are available for you. The websites listed above are general references only. We do not endorse any website or company and suggest caution when users are asked to fill out an optional quiz/survey or any contact information as part of the website offering.
LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Are you looking for a part-time job? The Lake County Job Center is an excellent resource to assist in resume writing, interview skills and landing a job. They host a series of job fairs year-round and are located in Waukegan and Grayslake.
The Tips to Land Your First Job provides sample resumes, cover letters and suggestions for work skills, interview strategies and thank you letters.
Under the age of 16? The Gurnee Park District and Six Flags Great America will hire students under 16 years of age.
To attain a work permit from WTHS you must:
- Be a WTHS student
- Be hired by an employer PRIOR to receiving your work permit
- Submit your Social Security Card, a copy of your birth certificate, a letter from your employer, and a current physical to Mrs. Diane Ellis in the O'Plaine Guidance Office
- A parent must be present to sign the work permit application in the main office