Career and Technology Education programs
service learning as a means to identify careers
Work permit information
You do not need to know what you want to be when you grow up in order to go to college.When conducting career assessments, the important thing to keep in mind is that nobody is telling you what you "should" be. Ponder the results, take into consideration what themes you find in the results, and look into ways to meet your personal values and priorities in career areas that interest you.
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- Maryland Workforce Exchange
- Online Learning Modules like how to stay out of debt, use MS Office, etc.
- Job Shadow.com: explore career options
- My Next Move: Quickly identify outlook and sustainability of many careers
- Interest Profiler: fewer questions than we use in Naviance
- Career OneStop: Assesses your career interests, skills, and values
- My Skills My Future: Explore options similar to careers you're considering
- Search for careers based on your Holland Code at Vista-Cards: http://www.vista-cards.com/occupations/index.html
- Use MyRoad with your PSAT or ReadiStep score report to conduct some assessments that you can use for finding some careers and college majors that may offer a good fit.
- Watch career videos at YOUniversity TV.
- Be What I Want To Be
- California Reality Check - find careers to suit your desired lifestyle
- Use Typecan to start to get an idea about your MBTI type.
- Find careers based on MBTI-type.
- Have you considered these college majors?
You do not need to know what you want to be when you grow up in order to go to college.
- Looking for a full scholarship? Consider these colleges.
- Search for college prep sites and apps using the College App Map
- Courtesy College Raptor, a website that lets you search for colleges based on financial fitness.
- Use College Navigator to generate a list that can be exported to MS Excel.
- Search for colleges using Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/0gubF
- If you are interested in athletics, check out academic rankings of the colleges in the BCS top 25 or the NCAA Basketball tournament, or based on net price of attendance. The Director's Cup is a competition among colleges rewarding those with the most athletic tournament wins, and a college's rank therein would be a sure sign of campus's sports culture.
- For those who value attending college where the Queer community is accepted and embraced, use the Campus Pride index.
- NACAC's suggestions on how to take advantage of having a school counselor.
- Do Colleges care about Gifted and Talented?
- Harness the power of community contributions to college searching with College Confidential and a wiki.
- List of HBCU's and even an HBCU common app
- List of colleges with a reputation for being supportive of students with Asperger's.
- Rational perspective on elite colleges and college "fit", by ISCA and IACAC
- Great advice from an admissions counselor from Lasell College.
- If you can't find your major in Maryland, use your in-state tuition elsewhere with the Academic Common Market.
- What does it mean to have a balanced college list?
- If you plan to transfer enrollment (or even just credits) from one Maryland college to another, you are strongly advised to consult with the ARTSYS, which allows you to see what credit you would be awarded for a course at your first institution.
- Participate in online chats, watch on-demand videos, and even search for scholarships at CollegeWeekLive.
- Dr. Nancy Berk's College Bound podcasts are available for download.
- Some colleges also offer online matriculation. See Maryland's options.
- Lots of higher education data is avaliable at http://college-insight.org/
- Grades and tests scores aren't so hot? Some colleges see you as more than just a number. Watch this #AdmissionsLive video on noncognitive traits.
- Should I go on that mission trip to help boost my application? Frank Bruni says maybe not.
Questions to ask at a college fair:
Planning your college visit schedule
Alphabet soup - what are all these different degrees?
Formal Degree Name
Community College, two-year degrees
Associate of Applied Science
2-year, technical focus
Associate of Arts
2-year, with plans to focus on an artistic bachelor degree
Associate of Science
2-year, with plans to transfer to a scientific bachelor degree
Four-year degrees, either start at college or transfer from community college
Bachelor of Science
4-year scientific focus
Bachelor of Arts
4-year artistic focus
Bachelor of Fine Arts
4-year in performing or visual arts
Bachelor of Social Work
4-year social work training
Graduate degrees that require at least a four year degree for admission
Master of Social Work
1-2 year advanced training in social work
Master of Science
1-3 year advanced training in a science
Master of Arts
1-3 year advanced study in an art
Master of Education
1-3 year advanced training in education
Master of Business Administration
2-3 year advanced training in business administration
Master of Fine Arts
2-3 year advanced training in performing or visual arts
3 year degree in law
4 year degree in medicine
Doctor of Osteopathy
4 year degree in osteopathic medicine
Doctor of Psychology
4-7 year degree in clinical psychology
Doctor of Education
3-6 year degree in education
Doctor of Philosophy
3-8 year degree in advanced study of a chosen field, usually to prepare to teach at the university level
The College Solution by Lynn O'Shaughnessy
College Bound and Gagged by Nancy Berk
request your high school transcript
To request a letter of recommendation from your school counselor, complete the Brag Sheet in Naviance Family Connection.
Read the College Admissions Process packet. The letter from your counselor should really not be a reiteration of your activities and transcript, but it often helps us to understand what else you do outside of school.
Please don't request changes to your schedule senior year
Applying for scholarships
Pikesville HS Library's SAT prep Livebinder site
Preparing your graduating senior for college