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What does it mean to be “college ready”
…and how is it different from when YOU were in high school?

Many high school graduates are going to college without clear direction, and thus progress and continue with little pragmatic or hands-on learning within their college experience that prepares them for the skills needed in today’s economy.

Work with your child to define his/her "marketable" skills

What does your child enjoy doing? Are they interested in code, reading, designing, teaching, playing sports…? What type of job would they feel inspired by? Do they tend to like to work alone, or in a group?

By acknowledging your child’s natural abilities, talents and preferences, you can help them research jobs and begin to narrow down courses and topics to pursue.

For 9th-10th graders:

What do you like to do in your free time? What books, movies or classes do you find most interesting? What topics catch your eye if you’re browsing on the web or social media?

Do you enjoy hanging out with your friends and doing activities together on the weekends…or do you prefer to get lost in a project or have time to yourself to chill out?

By understanding your natural tendencies, you can begin to think about the careers that would compliment the skills that come easily to you.

For 11th-12th graders:

Who do you admire? What is it about them that you admire? Make a list of 4-6 adults you respect or are fascinated by, and see if there are similarities among them. For instance, do they run large companies? Do they write books or teach? Do they design or create for a living?

If you’re still uncertain of your preferences, check out our “Make The Perfect Match” package. It’s designed to help rising 11th and 12th grade students pinpoint their occupational preferences and provide additional data-driven insight into which courses, college majors and careers are uniquely suited to their potential and preferences.

Identify any learning gaps

What behaviors and habits are required for success in any work setting that your child may not have mastered yet? For example: time management, meeting deadlines, or researching and brainstorming, to name a few.

For 9th and 10th graders:

Does your child feel confident in some subject areas, but not in others? While this is common, you can find additional courses, after school projects, clubs or creative pursuits that can help “fill in the gaps” and boost their esteem.

Plus, adding more activities and engaged participation will look great on your child’s college resume when they apply in their senior year.

For 11th and 12th graders:

Is your child prepared to manage their schedule, get to classes and appointments on time and have the discipline to pursue what interests them? Often kids get to college and, unfortunately, realize how unprepared they are.

Is there a course (online or offline), an internship or job that can help your child gain experience doing something they enjoy? Work with him/her to find opportunities that will build experience in addition to their usual high school classes.

Learn how to network successfully

Networking is a skill that we use throughout life. Learning how to network successfully takes practice to become comfortable and be authentic.

For 9th and 10th graders:

Encourage your child to make friends that share similar interests or career goals by becoming involved in activities with them.

For 11th and 12th graders:

Look for mentoring or job opportunities where your child build a relationship with someone that can guide them as they prepare for college.

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Get your bonus video training for this month: How to Write the College Essay plus a timeline of important dates for the first 100 days of school (through the first semester).

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