College Career Life Planning

Instructions for Education and Career Planning

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8. Goal: Develop an education plan. 

a) For education/training requirements for the career area that you select, refer to the documents printed in steps 4b, 4c and 4d above. 

c) If the career area that you choose requires a Bachelors degree and/or Masters degree from a college/university:

      i. Consider the majors that are appropriate for your career plan.  These majors were identified in step 8a (i & ii).  Review “Major Profiles: My Major” (W100) to help you decide which of these “career-appropriate” majors are best for you.

      ii. Read “Selecting the Right College for You” (E201) to clarify your personal criteria for evaluating colleges/universities.

      iii. Using the “College Search Tools” (W115), identify colleges that provide a strong program for the major that you have selected and that meet your other criteria (e.g., size, location).

      iv. You may wish to consider some of the “College Ranking” (W120) information, but remember that these rankings are not a substitute for research, direct evaluation nor your judgment.

      v. Use “Find a College” (W104) for guidance/information on campus visits, college web sites/virtual tours, campus life, academics, etc.

      vi. For colleges of interest, review their web site in detail, arrange to speak with alumni/current students and visit the campus/classrooms (when classes are in session).

      vii. Use “Graduation Rates by College – Search Tool” (W105) to determine the percentage of students who actually graduate with a degree from specific colleges.

      viii. Read “Financial Aid Information” (E232) and “NASFAA Student Financial Aid Info" (W146) to identify potential sources of financial assistance to support your education plan.

      ix. Use “Federal Financial Aid FAFSA” (W145) to determine your eligibility for financial assistance and to determine whether the schools that you are considering offer programs that qualify.

      x. Use “Scholarship Search” (W155) to get specific information about thousands of scholarships that are available.

      xi. Use “Education Planning Worksheet” (E203) – “College Bound” version to provide a written summary of your analysis and your personal education plan.

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