College Growth Mindset:Connect class and career
As a Futurist, you’re looking for a strong academic program that leads to a solid, long-term career. You view college as the vehicle that helps you prepare for your career and achieve your life goals. You look for the best program for the best price that leads directly to the best job!
Know what you want to be when you grow up.Strengths
Level-headed. Goal-oriented. Problem-solver. Achiever. Persistent.Support Opportunities
Pick a club or organization to invest in, not all learning happens inside the classroom.
Get to know other students and find a few mentors. The network you make in college can lead to future opportunities.
New jobs are being created every day. Connect with career services on your campus to explore them.
14% of students are Futurists
Top Priorities for Choosing a College
- Look for colleges that will offer a great education, teach you practical skills, and connect you with potential employers.
- Make sure the college has 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 make sure it matches your values and interests. Check out colleges with a diverse student body and a welcoming campus culture.
- Look for colleges with lots of extracurricular activities and clubs you can join.
- Think about the cost. Review your financial aid package and create a plan for paying for college.
- Make sure the college has career services, high 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
- Can you tell me about successful students who studied what I want to study?
- How can I get real-world experience, like internships, to help me prepare for a job after college?
- Are there any groups or clubs that can help me meet people in my future career and build my resume?
- Do you know how this school helped other students find jobs after they graduated? What companies or industries hire your graduates?
- Does the school offer any specific job fairs or networking events that can help students in my major find jobs?
- Can the school help me connect with alumni who can help me find a job or give me advice?
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
- Pick a major like business, finance, engineering, technology, or other field that teaches you real-world jobs skills.
- Make sure the school offers a career services department that can help you find internships, hands-on learning experiences, and jobs.
- Choose a school with a strong alumni network that can help you find jobs and introduce you to people in your field.
Questions to Ask Your School Counselor
- Are there any schools outside of this area that I should explore?
- What schools have majors that will help me get a job that I’ll love?
- Do you have examples of colleges that focus on career services and resources? How can they help me explore my career interests during my college search?
- What is the difference between an internship and a co-op opportunity?
- Are there any colleges that focus on entrepreneurship or innovation?
- What courses do I need to take to be ready for 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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