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What is the Most Important Skill for Finding a Good Job?

Many people have been over-emphasizing the fact that students need special credentials and certifications to prove themselves (for example, see Jeffrey Selingo's newest book.)  They take endless classes, get a myriad of certifications and read informative articles to educate themselves. I think this is the wrong approach. Instead, I think we need to do a better job of articulating what we have learned. People in the work force today seem to be having an unusually hard time articulating their skills. …

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The 2 Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself

I often think about two basic questions which have shown up multiple times in my life and will continue to keep me thinking.  Since I struggle with these questions, I am especially empathetic to young people as I ask them and they ask themselves these important questions. Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself: #1 - What do you want? This first question is usually the harder of the two and the more important of the two.  We have so many…

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Career Services and Your Job Search

College seniors are scrambling to prepare themselves for the job search, and they expect the Career Services department to help. With a few short months before graduation and soon-due college loan payments, many college seniors will head to their university’s Career Services Office for the first time. That is their first mistake. College officials and Purdue University/Gallup Surveys find that only 40% of college students ever visit Career Services. Of those who do, most wait until their senior year, usually…

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Five Steps of Proactive Career Development

My College Planning Team's Academic  team member, Donna Sandberg, outlines the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2An5u0x6Ac   Need Help With the Choosing a Career or the College Admissions Process? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all aspects of the college search, application and selection process, including choosing a career. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. Donna Sandberg, M.S., NCC, MCC, LCPC,…

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Networking: Step 4 of Proactive Career Development

This is the fifth in my series of blog posts on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 4.  Network in person and via social media throughout your career. Networking! Networking! Networking!  Enough already, you might be thinking to yourself. Perhaps you’re tired of hearing people tell you that you need to be networking or you’re afraid to force yourself to reach out to and interact with people you don’t know.  And,…

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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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Does a Nanodegree Really Guarantee a Job?

Online learning is still in its infancy. MOOCs are sprouting every day at top colleges and universities, yet some would say the whole business has had a rocky start so far. The primary sticking point has been low completion rates: people sign up but they don't finish. The creators of the so-called nanodegree aim to change all that. What is a Nanodegree? These are short, practical series of courses with extremely specific goals: namely, training students to immediately enter the job market, usually by teaching them computer…

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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 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

Somebody recently told me that they thought talking to high school juniors this early about their college search was just a scare tactic.  Halloween’s over! The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past this Thanksgiving.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons: 1. Junior Year Grades Are Most Important Let’s face it!  Spring semester of your junior year in high school is your last chance to make an impact on your GPA for…

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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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