Career & College Readiness
Career and college exploration helps students understand how consistent effort and good grades result in possibilities for acceptance into college, job opportunities, and a successful career.
School counseling advisory in 5th through 8th grade focus on academic and social/personal skills important for student success and workplace expectations. Topics in career and college exploration are discussed in a variety of lessons. A sample of related activities are listed below.
In 5th grade, students participate in a series of lessons called College Journeys. Students investigate colleges and complete written assignments on their research. This is a introduction to college campuses, programs, and possibilities.
In 6th grade, students participate in a career fair in 6th grade in the spring during which FRCS parents present their educational and career paths. Students complete an activity based on career research before the fair and complete an open response assignment after hearing the presentations. (The Guidance Parent Advisory Council was instrumental in launching our first career fair over eight years ago).
In 8th grade:
- Students participate in a 4-5 session early college planning seminar with materials provided through the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (www.mefa.org) designed specifically for middle shool. Topics such as transcripts, types of colleges, the importance of extracurrciular activites, and career goals are discussed. These booklets are mailed home for students to review with their families.
- Students also complete a 4 year course plan for high school in the spring with their initial college and career interests in mind. This early planning is a key part of helping students aspire to challenge themselves with Honors and Advanced Placement Courses as well as understand the requirements necessary to reach their academic goals.
- Seniors present their Independent Enrichment Projects mid-year and explain how their topic, research, and experiential learning relate to their college and career interests.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
In order to find a proper career fit, it is important to understand your own personality type. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps individuals understand how they view the world and make decisions. There are four different pairs each with two different preferences that a person is placed into based on multiple choice answers.
These categories include:
After the test, a 4 letter code is given to the test-taker to display their individual pereferences (Ex: ESTJ). There are 16 different combinations. The test taker is then able to read about each category and understand their unique personality traits. From here, a person can use this information to better understand which types of occupations will be most complementary to their personality style and view of the world
Take the Test Now! Test Similar to the MBTI: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
Students can also take a career interest test to find their Holland Code. A Holland Code is a 3 letter code that is comprised based on the personality traits of 6 different areas:
While all 3 letters of a person’s code showcases their personality strenghts, the first letter of a person’s code is their strongest personality type. For example, SAE (Social, Artistic, Enterprising) is a possible code. A person who scores SAE is strongest in the social area. These types of individuals tend to work best in fields such as education and counseling. This person also has strong artistic and enterprising capabilities. After a person learns their unique 3 letter code, they are able to learn more about their personality style and which careers are best suited for their individual set of personality structure.
Free Online Test to discover Holland Code (No affiliation with Self-Directed Search): http://personality-testing.info/tests/RIASEC.php
Through this online database, students are able to find occupations based on interests, abilities, knowledge, skills, work values, etc. Students can also see which occupations are expected to grow faster than others and browse careers based on the sector or see job clusters based on common skill sets. For more information, please click on the link above.
Career Planning Tips: http://www.actstudent.org/career/tips.html