The Career Center

The Career Center, located in the Guidance Office, provides a comprehensive wealth of information on college and career planning.  The Center is open to all students during the school day.  Passes can be obtained from counselors, or students can stop in at lunch or before or after school.

In the Career Center. Students may use the internet to explore college, financial aid, and occupational resources on the World Wide Web.  They may also access Naviance Family Connection, our new web-based career/college planning and advising tool.  Students may perform career and college searches, choose schools to apply to, view statistics about the schools, link directly to the websites, manage their applications, request transcripts, sign up to meet with college representatives, find scholarships, and much more.  Students may access the program from any computer through the Family Connection website: https://connection.naviance.com/mcmahon

College and technical school representatives are hosted in the fall at the Career Center.  The schedule and registration procedure is on Naviance.  Assistance with financial aid is available in the Career Center, and military recruiters also visit throughout the year.

The Career Center has an excellent library of books on careers, occupations, and the admissions process, including reference books providing college descriptions.  Information on programs for students with learning disabilities programs is available, and students also have access to names of coaches in the National Directory of College Athletics.

The Career Center houses a variety of materials for students to use in college planning and career development.  Students will find applications for colleges, scholarships, and financial aid as well as registration forms and practice booklets for SATs and ACTs.  Several free magazines about careers and colleges are also available.

CHOOSING A CAREER

I.  CAREER PLANS

By the time you finish high school, you will need to have some tentative career plans.  You must decide whether to continue your education or seek employment, and you must take the necessary steps to prepare for your next endeavor.  Making occupational choices may seem difficult or intimidating; however, procrastination does not help!  Postponing the decision-making process only leaves you inadequate time for wise planning.   

Remember that careers are unique to each person and are dynamic, evolving throughout life.  Career development involves a person's past, present, and future work roles.  It is linked to a person's self-concept, family life, and all aspects of one's environmental and cultural conditions.

 The following steps could assist you in formulating your tentative career plans: 

Ø      Become aware of your strengths and interests.       

Ø      Be realistic about your abilities.

Ø      Think about your preferred life-style.

Ø      Improve your decision-making skills.

Ø      Get information about careers and the necessary education.

Ø      Explore the world of work by volunteering or getting a job.

Ø      Develop tentative career plans and goals that match who you are and what you want.

 

II. MAKING DECISIONS

High school students spend a lot of time worrying and waiting for other people's decisions about them.  Friends, counselors, family members tell you: "You should be a lawyer, a mechanic, a nurse, a teacher.”  Others say, "You should go to College X, Y University, Z Community College or Technical School.”  Everyone seems to be making decisions--everyone except the most important person, the one person most lastingly affected by them--YOU!!!!

 It is easier to make other people decide for you; then if anything goes wrong, the fault is theirs and not yours. But no one knows as well as you do what is really important, essential to you.

One simple way to begin gathering information for your decisions is to ask yourself: 

·         What do you want to do?

·         What kinds of people do you want to be with?

·         What kinds of situations do you want to be in? 

Making some notes and lists of these things will help make them clearer for you.  From this information, you can make a series of small decisions about activities you have enjoyed and the features of people and situations which you do and do not like. Those small decisions add up to patterns of preference which you can use to make bigger decisions.

Remember that any career plan you choose will require your commitment and investment of time, effort, and money.  Therefore, you should spend time organizing your decision, making and carefully evaluating all the options you are considering to ensure they meet your needs and life-style. These decisions will make you grow and succeed in your career.