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Book Review: The End of College, Part 1: Defining the Problem

  For anyone interested in the future of higher education, Kevin Cary’s book, The End of College, is a well written and thought-provoking story.  For a family with college-bound children, it is a must-read. Cary makes a compelling case that higher education is currently in the process of undergoing a radical transformation that most of us will see unfold over the next 10 to 20 years. Some commentators have suggested that this transformation will come at us “like a tsunami,”…

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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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Budgeting and Fundraising for a Gap Year

  Here are some tips from my experience as a gap year advisor about how to execute a Gap Year no matter your budget. Advice for Parents Budgeting Developing a budget early on in your planning process will make everything easier in the long run.  Many gap years are funded with parent and student contributions. Sit down with your child and discuss how much they can realistically put in and how much you feel comfortable contributing. If you feel uncomfortable…

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Gap Year

An Affordable Gap Year

Some elements of a gap year are essential: exploration of a personal interest, traveling domestically or abroad, pushing your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new experiences.  There is one thing that a gap year doesn’t have to be: expensive. Many people assume that a gap year is financially out of reach.  Not so!  There are a variety of opportunities for gappers that are free or low-cost.  In addition, learning how to save and fund-raise can help offset the…

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Discovery: Proactive Career Focus

This is the fourth in my series on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 3 of 5 Steps of Proactive Career Development: Develop and sustain a clear career focus or mission for your life’s work and re-evaluate regularly. Remember Alice in Wonderland? What often comes to mind as I consider career development focus is the exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. Here is an…

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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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That Campus Job Can Help Launch Your Student’s Career

I think parents make a big mistake when they fail to encourage their students to get a part-time campus job during college. Think about it. One student goes to college and works on campus 15 hours a week in the campus bookstore and, during the summer, at the local supermarket. Another student goes to college, studies hard and even takes a few extra classes during the summer but doesn’t pursue a job. If both students graduated from the same school…

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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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5 Steps to Proactive Career Development

It’s never too early to consider viewing college decisions as they relate to career development.  In fact, as a career counselor, I prefer to look beyond any current career decision fork in the road to consider the impact of an immediate choice on a total lifework experience that one will produce over one’s lifetime. Decisions Can Be Overwhelming Thinking beyond the immediate decision to its long-term impact can have two completely opposite effects. On one hand, realizing that your immediate…

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Find Your Dream Career

If you haven’t identified your dream career, deciding and major (and a college) can feel daunting. In reality, some teens have a solid idea of what they want in a career, but most really don’t. So, exploring options and finding careers that fit your interest, personality and abilities require some strategy. So how do you find that right major/right job? Here’s a start: 4 steps to finding the right major 1. Assess what fields of study you love. You know…

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