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How Should I Choose a College Major?

Deciding a college major can seem like a daunting task--after all, it means you are choosing your life's work, right?  Some independent educational consultants specialize in interest, personality and career assessments. Many students just don't know where to start in picking a major or exploring careers.  Of course, a good place to begin is with your high school college counseling website.  Some high schools use Career Cruising, some use Naviance.  There is no one best way to begin.  You may find it helpful…

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Three Easy Ways To Explore College Majors

Three Easy Ways to Explore College Majors

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, presents three easy and practical ways for your student to explore college majors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEN-a18VxFo Need Help Exploring College Majors? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student in his or her exploration of college majors, as well as with all other aspects of the college search, application and selection process. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. My College Planning Team…

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So You Want To Be A Doctor?

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Planning on Pre-med? Over the years, I have encountered more than a few students who are interested in pursuing medicine.  This is some basic information that I always share for those who plan to become a doctor. High School Coursework Any student interested in medicine (or any field in the sciences, for that matter) should make sure to take 4 years of science and math at the highest level of their ability (i.e., take whatever honors or AP classes possible.)…

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5 Easy Ways To Explore A College Major

5 Easy Ways to Explore a College Major

The conventional wisdom is that you should take a class if you are interested in exploring a subject area for a college major.  However, that can be a long and expensive process depending on how many areas you want to explore.  Here are some easier ways to start the process: Go to a website for a college you might consider attending. Print out their list of undergraduate majors.  Take just 20 minutes with a pen and this list.  Cross off…

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Discover Your Dream Career

Discover Your Dream Career

If you haven’t identified your dream career, deciding a major (and a college) can feel daunting.  In reality, some high school juniors and seniors have a solid idea of what they want in a career, but most really don’t.  Exploring options and finding careers that fit your interest, personality and abilities requires some strategy. So how do you find that right major...perfect job...dream career?  Here’s a start: 4 steps to finding the right major Assess what fields of study you love. You know…

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5 Steps Of Proactive Career Development – Step 2

5 Steps of Proactive Career Development – Step 2

This is the third in my series of blog posts on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 2. Gather and maintain current, accurate and comprehensive information about your chosen field Information. INFORMATION! I N F O R M A T I O N !!! Have you ever been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you’ve gathered on a subject and at the same time still feel the need to…

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5 Steps Of Proactive Career Development – Step 1.

5 Steps of Proactive Career Development – Step 1.

My June 4, 2014, blog introduced the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA). Here is the first step in a bit more detail. Step 1.  Assess your interests, personality type, generic and transferable skills and values. This step is, indeed, both the best place to begin and return to any time there is a major change in your life, especially any time you find yourself at another career decision-making fork in the…

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Experiencing Your Essence

Experiencing Your Essence

What is your essence and how does it apply to the college search process? When you are searching for a college, it is easy to get pulled into where you "should" go and what you "should" pick as a major. This is the time to step back and discover who you are on the inside. What is it that you want?  A tip is to look at the things that really excite you, that give you a feeling of "this is…

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