College Growth Mindset:Get ready for a job
As an Expediter, you're driven by practicality. College must be affordable. Landing a job when you graduate is a priority. You're looking for a college that offers practical majors that will land you a job. You're looking for a college with a supportive community of students and faculty that will help you balance school and work. For you, college is a means to an end—a way to gain the practical experience you need to jumpstart your career.
Have a job lined up before graduation.Strengths
Goal-oriented. Problem Solver. Explorative. Adaptable. Practical.Support Opportunities
Connect with career services to learn about internships and co-ops. You'll gain practical experiences and find your best career fit.
Writing and tutoring centers can help you do well in your classes. The critical thinking skills you learn in college will lead to career flexibility.
Work-study programs and jobs on campus will work around your classes so you can focus on school work and get paid.
21% of students are Expediters
Top Priorities for Choosing a College
- Look for colleges that give you hands-on training and real-world experiences with potential employers.
- Consider colleges with flexible class schedules (like online and evening classes).
- Make sure the college offers majors that match your career goals.
- Think about the environment you want to be in. Do you want to be in a busy city, or a smaller town? Do you want to stay close to home or go farther away?
- Get a feel for campus life and see if it matches your values and interests. Check out colleges with a diverse student body and a welcoming campus culture.
- Think about the cost. Review your financial aid package and create a plan for paying for college.
- Look into each college’s career services. Check graduation rates and job placement opportunities.
Want more tips for choosing a college that’s perfect for you? Check out Crushing College Choices: Tips for Picking Your Perfect Match.
Questions You Should Ask on Your College Tour
- What kind of financial support does this school offer?
- Can you tell me about the academic support here, like tutoring centers or other resources?
- What kind of real-world experiences can I get while I'm here? Are there internships, co-ops, or other opportunities that'll let me get my hands dirty and start building my resume?
- How do you help students get connected with companies and experts in an industry? Do you have any good stories about graduates who landed awesome jobs right out of college?
- How do you stay up-to-date on what's hot in the job market? Does the college have any secret sauce for keeping us ahead of the curve?
- What kind of technology does your school offer? Can I get access to it and start experimenting in my first year?
- I'm thinking about starting my own business someday. Do you have any resources or events for students who think outside the box?
For more campus visit tips, check out our Top 10 Tips for an Epic College Campus Visit: Plus 8 Questions to Ask During Your Tour
Tips for the Best College Experience
- Look for apprenticeships or on-the-job training, so you can work while learning and get the skills you need to succeed.
- Find programs that teach you how to do a job or other practical skills, like healthcare, teaching, or business.
- Build strong partnerships with local employers that offer job opportunities after graduation.
Questions to Ask Your School Counselor
- Do you have examples of colleges with a strong focus on career services? How can they help me explore my career interests during my college search?
- What kinds of career-focused majors or programs will I find at different colleges?
- Are there colleges that focus on partnering with industry experts?
- What courses do I need to take to be ready for college?
- How can I figure out what colleges are affordable for me? What are the most affordable colleges that will help me get a job?
- Do you know of any employers who will pay/reimburse for my college?
- Do you have any college planning sessions scheduled?
Remember, your high school counselor can help you navigate the college search process and guide you to a college that's perfect for you! Don't be afraid to ask questions and explore your interests! Need more ideas? Check out 5 Questions to Ask Your Counselor about College.
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