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Parent's Guide to College And Careers

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Parents have good reason to be concerned about their kids' education and career decisions. A changed job landscape and burdensome college loans loom for many young people eager to start an independent life. This practical resource helps parents guide their children toward college and occupation choices relevant to today's economy, without micromanaging or hounding.

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Overview

Parents have good reason to be concerned about their kids' education and career decisions. A changed job landscape and burdensome college loans loom for many young people eager to start an independent life. This practical resource helps parents guide their children toward college and occupation choices relevant to today's economy, without micromanaging or hounding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593577858
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Cooke, M.A., is a career counselor who has helped many people—including college students, career changers, and displaced workers—identify satisfying careers and strategize to find good jobs. Ms. Cooke coordinates the academic advising, counseling, and employment services offered to students and the community as the lead counselor at Metropolitan Community College—Maple Woods in Kansas City. She is a blogger and presenter and served as a regular contributor to the Kansas City Star on college costs and career planning.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Preparing for College—and Beyond! 3

Are You a Helicopter Parent? 4

What Is the "New Economy?" 7

Chapter 2 Partnering for Success 9

Getting Involved in Your Child's Career Planning 9

Defining College Goals 11

Chapter 3 Getting Real About the 21st Century Job Market 15

How Informational Interviewing Can Help with Career Goals 17

What Does the Job Market Look Like? 19

Identifying Your Career Connections 23

Chapter 4 Assessing for Strengths; Researching and Interviewing for Information 31

What Is a Career-Interest Inventory? 31

Personality Type and Satisfying Careers 32

Finding Web Resources for Career Planning 37

Chapter 5 Turning Talents and Skills into Jobs and Careers 43

Finding a First Career 43

The Skills Pyramid 48

Adaptive Skills 49

Functional Skills 51

Specific-Content Skills 52

Chapter 6 Choosing a College Major 57

Simplifying the Process 57

Specific-Content Majors 59

Transferable Skills Majors 60

Liberal Arts Majors and the Economy 62

Key Points in Choosing a College Major 65

Chapter 7 Going Away vs. Staying at Home 75

Is Your Child Ready to Go Away to School? 76

Academic Preparedness 76

Social/Emotional Preparedness 77

Financial Preparedness 78

Chapter 8 Calculating College Costs 93

Reality Check on College Borrowing 93

Cost of Attendance (COA) 100

Gift Aid 100

Self-Help Aid 100

Out-of-Pocket Expense 101

Current Family Income Available for College 101

Loans Needed to Pay for College 102

Other Things to Consider 104

Chapter 9 Navigating Through High School 121

High School Diplomas and College Readiness 121

Earning College Credit in High School 123

Understanding How College Credits Apply to Degrees 124

Chapter 10 Taking a Different Path 133

Lost in the Middle 133

Looking at the Structure of the Job Market 135

Professional Jobs 135

Technician Jobs 135

Operative Jobs 135

Identifying Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree 136

Chapter 11 Moving On from College 145

Going Back to Step 146

Helping a College Graduate Regroup l49

Networking for Ideas 150

Identifying Your Values 151

Evaluating Grad School as an Option 155

Chapter 12 Summary 165

Avoiding the Five-Year Plan 165

Out of College and Into the Workforce l69

Appendix: College-Related Acronyms 173

Index 175

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