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COUNSELING - CAREER PLANNING

Career Planning

Planning a schedule for the upcoming year(s) at Governor Mifflin is a very important process. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to build a schedule that will satisfy the requirements for graduation and future goals. Your selection will depend on your own interests and plans. If you are planning to further your education beyond high school it is important to select an academically demanding course of study. You will be in a much better position than a student who has taken less demanding courses even though the courses might result in a higher grade point average and class rank. You will find it best to choose the most rigorous program of studies, which you can handle, regardless of your post-high school plans. Each student and their caregiver should refer to the Program of Studies guide which is handed out each year by the school counselors. In the book, they will find a detailed description of each available course for the upcoming school year.

9th grade

Fall/Winter:
Gather information on a variety of careers. Meet with counselor to discuss the career planning process in a small group format. Select courses appropriate to career interest and get involved in extra-curricular and community activities, which support your interests.  

10th grade

Winter: Individual conference with your guidance counselor to go over your permanent record and discuss course selection in regard to your future plans.

Spring: Attend Parent Advisory Committee Career Day held at school  

11th grade

All year: Talk with people currently employed in the vocation in which you are interested. Check the daily bulletin for visitations by college, vocational and nursing schools representatives.

Fall: Discuss your goals with parents and teachers. Ask each of them what abilities and skills are needed to reach your goals. Take the October PSAT’s.

October:
Attend the Berks County College Fair.

February: Select courses for your senior year which are challenging and help improve your skills in your areas of interest. Select courses which will best prepare your for your future plans.

March-June: Take the appropriate college entrance tests.

Spring: Meet with your guidance counselor and gather information on careers, colleges, and financial aid. Research career and college information via websites, guidebooks, programs, and Internet. Request information from a variety of schools via websites, e-mail, phone calls or letters.

Attend the SpringCollege Fair at Alvernia University

May-August: Make plans to visit any school in which you are interested. It would be beneficial to take an unofficial transcript with you on each visit. Family vacations can be used for visiting distant schools of interest. Check, as early as possible, with the college of your choice for information on advanced credit and registration for A.P., SAT, and ACT exams.

12th grade

All year: Check the guidance office and listen to the morning announcements for visits from college reps and scholarship information.

September: Register for the October or November SAT or ACT. Attend meeting with counselor for all college bound seniors. Send college application out early in the school year.

October-December: Take the SAT and/or ACT test(s). Check school catalogs or websites regarding necessary tests, dates, and the locations they are offered. Contact the college financial aid office to find out about each college’s financial aid policies and deadlines.

December: State and federal financial aid forms will be available January 1st. They may not be sent in before this date.

January: Attend Governor Mifflin’s Financial Aid Night. See the school calendar for the specific date and time.

February: When requested, first semester grades will be sent to schools by the guidance department.

March-May: When you make your final decision as to the school you wish to attend, be sure to notify all other schools immediately. Thank them for their interest in you!  

Considerations in Choosing a Career  

  • Abilities (skills, strengths, talents and personality strengths)
  • Interests (activities, hobbies, likes)
  • Job Values
  • Job security
  • Prestige
  • Salary
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Retirement/Investment options
  • Benefits (insurance, vacation time, etc.)
  • Challenge/high achievement
  • Independence (be your own boss)
  • Hours/Schedule  
  • Work environment
  • Travel
  • Previous experience
  • Skills developed
  • Likes/dislikes
  • Job Market/Employment Outlook
  • How competitive is it to secure a position?
  • Where are positions available?
  • Economic Considerations
  • Starting salary
  • Maximum salary
  • Earning ladder
  • Benefits (insurance, vacation, personal leaves, education, etc.)
  • Pension
  • Job Description (responsibilities, hours, type of people and environment)
  • Challenges of job
  • Pros and cons of job
  • Amount of Education/Training Required
  • Look at both the short-term and long-term costs and payoffs. In the long run, it may be worth the investment.  

Career/Job Shadowing  

Throughout the duration of the student’s time at Governor Mifflin they are encouraged to take their interest in a particular career towards shadowing and observing someone in their field of interest. The following is a list of general guidelines to follow when shadowing a professional in the student’s indicated career field: 

  • Dress appropriately. The student’s style of dress should mirror the person they are shadowing.
  • Be prompt. You and your mentor should establish the time for your arrival and departure.
  • Be polite – to everyone you meet.  Remember you are there as your mentor’s guest and it is wise to make a favorable impression.
  • Ask questions throughout the day. That is how you learn.
  • Interview your mentor. Establish a time, which is convenient for your mentor. Take thorough notes.
  • Have your mentor sign the job shadowing experience form before you leave.
  • Thank your mentor, as well as anyone who helped you, before you leave.

Career Links

 
 
Governor Mifflin Middle School MR. JOHN ALTHOUSE, principal
 
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