Not every student must know exactly
what he/she intends to major in on their first day on the college campus.
However, students need continued exposure to career exploration, interest
inventories, internships and job shadowing. This area may not be the central
focus or responsibility of the access program or advisor, but collaboration and
support of what may be already available at the school is strongly encouraged.
Scholarship opportunities for colleges often are aligned with particular
majors. Students entering college completely undecided about career options may
be limiting their potential funding sources for college.
The following are some career
exploration resources. Some may be available on an individual student basis and
others may need to be purchased for an entire school.
College Research & Search
Students and parents need to be
encouraged to start the college research and search process as soon as
possible. The key is to get them to start the process prior to the fall of the
student’s senior year. Access programs often collaborate or coordinate college
fairs, college field trips, campus visits, and college tours. While many of
these activities occur during the senior year, early awareness of college
options will help students make and refine their college “list” in a much more
The following resources will help
students explore and plan their college and career options. To learn more about
college planning, download this Advisor Training Module – Chapter 6.
Mytonomy: Mytonomy is a near-peer social network designed to bring advice to high school students while supporting the overburdened high school counselor. Students can watch videos and get their college questions answered.
College Readiness Inventory: The CRI is an example
intake form from the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, meant to be the
initial point of contact when meeting with a student for the first time at a
Senior Interest Survey: Example
form of college basic information about seniors and their college interests.
Access Seniors Handbook: Access
College Foundation publishes this useful guide to help students and their families
with every aspect of the college admissions and financial aid process. (members
Parental Consent: Example
parental consent and release form. This example was utilized to take students
off-site for a campus visit and includes a photo release statement.
My Educational Options: A
one-page overview outlining school types, degree programs and admission
Accredited Schools Online:College Accreditation Guidebook: Fraudulent schools are commonly known as
diploma mills. One of the best ways for students to avoid being taken in by a
diploma mill is to check a school’s accreditation status. College accreditation
is a process during which independent agencies evaluate a school’s ability to
provide a quality education. It’s a higher education stamp of approval. Yet
even the accreditation agencies are not all authentic. Schools should be
accredited by an agency that’s recognized by the Department of Education and
the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This Guidebook helps counselors
and students understand what college accreditation is, importance of choosing
an accredited school and how schools are accredited.