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Career Development - Chapter Summary
Need some career development information and advice? Then keep on reading! This chapter delves into topics related to navigating college and a future career, as listed below:
- Making your college decision
- Evaluating college admissions criteria and navigating the college application
- Applying for financial aid and scholarships
- Understanding work-study options
- Career assessments/research and factors affecting occupational choice
- Creating a resume and cover letter
- Preparing for your job interview
- Transitioning from school to career/advancing in career
- Setting realistic career goals post-graduation
This chapter will provide you with a myriad of lessons related to career development. Each lesson includes a video, text transcript, and self-assessment quiz. Feel free to re-watch and re-read the lessons as many times as you deem necessary. Then you can take the included self-assessment quiz to check your progress! Our goal is for you to study effectively at your own desired pace.
1. Making Your College Decision: An Investment in Your Future
Your college education is more than just four years of your life; it's an investment in your future. Make sure you've got the information you need to make the best decision for you.
2. How To Evaluate College Admissions Criteria
Applying for college can be stressful and confusing. In this lesson, we'll go over the college admissions process, including looking at where students can go for answers about specific admissions questions and what colleges look for.
3. How to Navigate the College Application Process
Applying to college can feel overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll look at the application process, including when to start, what to do during the application process and where students should go to get answers to questions they might have.
4. FAFSA Tips: How to Apply for Financial Aid
You are offered admission to the college of your choice! How do you pay for this? In this lesson, we review the requirements, application process, and federal aid for college available through FAFSA or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
5. Applying for Scholarships at Your College
Scholarships award the recipient with financial aid that does not have to be repaid. This lesson covers ways to find individual school-sponsored scholarships and tips for increasing your odds of winning scholarships.
6. Understanding Your Work-Study Options
Work-study programs can help you finance your education and gain work experience for your resume. This lesson discusses work-study options, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.
7. Career Assessments: Types & Benefits
There are many career choices out there. How do you decide which one is right for you? In this lesson, we'll examine the different types of career assessments and how they can help you choose the best career.
8. Factors Affecting Occupational Choice: Psychological, Social, Economic, and Cultural
Occupational choice is affected by four factors: psychological, social, economic and cultural. An individual's job choice is molded by their family, morals, values, intelligence, abilities, finances and many other things.
9. Online Career Research Tools
How do you figure out what career is right for you? And, once you know, how do you find out more about that career? In this lesson, we'll look at some types of online career research tools that allow people to find out more about different careers.
10. How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter
The first impression that a company has of you is your resume and cover letter. But how can you make them stand out from the crowd? Watch this lesson for tips on how to create a winning resume and cover letter.
11. How to Prepare For Your Job Interview
The job interview is an important part of the job application process. How can you make sure that you do your best? In this lesson, we'll examine ways to prepare for a job interview, including what to do before, during, and after the interview.
12. Transitioning from School to a Career
The modern workplace is not what it used to be, and students who are transitioning from school to a career are often in for many surprises. This lesson will discuss emerging workplace trends and other issues related to this transition process.
13. How to Advance in Your Career: Process & Expectations
How do you get a promotion or move to a better job? Watch this lesson for tips and tricks to advance in your career, including how to set goals and be proactive when it comes to career success.
14. How to Set Realistic Career Goals After Graduation
Everyone has a dream job, but most people won't get it right out of college. This lesson and quiz will look at how to set realistic career goals that will help you advance towards your dream job.
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