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You have good reason to be concerned about your kids' education and career decisions. A changing economy and burdensome college loans can make-it-difficult for young people to launch an independent life. This upbeat handbook gives you down-to-earth advice on constructively helping your child with college and career planning without micromanaging or hounding.
\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.
Table of Contents
|Preparing for College—and Beyond!||p. 3|
|Are You a Helicopter Parent?||p. 4|
|What Is the "New Economy?"||p. 7|
|Partnering for Success||p. 9|
|Getting Involved in Your Child's Career Planning||p. 9|
|Defining College Goals||p. 11|
|Getting Real About the 21st Century Job Market||p. 15|
|How Informational Interviewing Can Help with Career Goals||p. 17|
|What Does the Job Market Look Like?||p. 19|
|Identifying Your Career Connections||p. 23|
|Assessing for Strengths; Researching and Interviewing for Information||p. 31|
|What Is a Career-Interest Inventory?||p. 31|
|Personality Type and Satisfying Careers||p. 32|
|Finding Web Resources for Career Planning||p. 37|
|Turning Talents and Skills into Jobs and Careers||p. 43|
|Finding a First Career||p. 43|
|The Skills Pyramid||p. 48|
|Adaptive Skills||p. 49|
|Functional Skills||p. 51|
|Specific-Content Skills||p. 52|
|Choosing a College Major||p. 57|
|Simplifying the Process||p. 57|
|Specific-Content Majors||p. 59|
|Transferable Skills Majors||p. 60|
|Liberal Arts Majors and the Economy||p. 62|
|Key Points in Choosing a College Major||p. 65|
|Going Away vs. Staying at Home||p. 75|
|Is Your Child Ready to Go Away to School?||p. 76|
|Academic Preparedness||p. 76|
|Social/Emotional Preparedness||p. 77|
|Financial Preparedness||p. 78|
|Calculating College Costs||p. 93|
|Reality Check on College Borrowing||p. 93|
|Cost of Attendance (COA)||p. 100|
|Gift Aid||p. 100|
|Self-Help Aid||p. 100|
|Out-of-Pocket Expense||p. 101|
|Current Family Income Available for College||p. 101|
|Loans Needed to Pay for College||p. 102|
|Other Things to Consider||p. 104|
|Navigating Through High School||p. 121|
|High School Diplomas and College Readiness||p. 121|
|Earning College Credit in High School||p. 123|
|Understanding How College Credits Apply to Degrees||p. 124|
|Taking a Different Path||p. 133|
|Lost in the Middle||p. 133|
|Looking at the Structure of the Job Market||p. 135|
|Professional Jobs||p. 135|
|Technician Jobs||p. 135|
|Operative Jobs||p. 135|
|Identifying Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree||p. 136|
|Moving On from College||p. 145|
|Going Back to Step||p. 146|
|Helping a College Graduate Regroup||p. l49|
|Networking for Ideas||p. 150|
|Identifying Your Values||p. 151|
|Evaluating Grad School as an Option||p. 155|
|Avoiding the Five-Year Plan||p. 165|
|Out of College and Into the Workforce||p. l69|
|Appendix: College-Related Acronyms||p. 173|
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