Parent's Guide to College and Careers: How to Help, Not Hover

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Jist Works

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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.

Author Biography

\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

Introductionp. 1
Preparing for College—and Beyond!p. 3
Are You a Helicopter Parent?p. 4
What Is the "New Economy?"p. 7
Partnering for Successp. 9
Getting Involved in Your Child's Career Planningp. 9
Defining College Goalsp. 11
Getting Real About the 21st Century Job Marketp. 15
How Informational Interviewing Can Help with Career Goalsp. 17
What Does the Job Market Look Like?p. 19
Identifying Your Career Connectionsp. 23
Assessing for Strengths; Researching and Interviewing for Informationp. 31
What Is a Career-Interest Inventory?p. 31
Personality Type and Satisfying Careersp. 32
Finding Web Resources for Career Planningp. 37
Turning Talents and Skills into Jobs and Careersp. 43
Finding a First Careerp. 43
The Skills Pyramidp. 48
Adaptive Skillsp. 49
Functional Skillsp. 51
Specific-Content Skillsp. 52
Choosing a College Majorp. 57
Simplifying the Processp. 57
Specific-Content Majorsp. 59
Transferable Skills Majorsp. 60
Liberal Arts Majors and the Economyp. 62
Key Points in Choosing a College Majorp. 65
Going Away vs. Staying at Homep. 75
Is Your Child Ready to Go Away to School?p. 76
Academic Preparednessp. 76
Social/Emotional Preparednessp. 77
Financial Preparednessp. 78
Calculating College Costsp. 93
Reality Check on College Borrowingp. 93
Cost of Attendance (COA)p. 100
Gift Aidp. 100
Self-Help Aidp. 100
Out-of-Pocket Expensep. 101
Current Family Income Available for Collegep. 101
Loans Needed to Pay for Collegep. 102
Other Things to Considerp. 104
Navigating Through High Schoolp. 121
High School Diplomas and College Readinessp. 121
Earning College Credit in High Schoolp. 123
Understanding How College Credits Apply to Degreesp. 124
Taking a Different Pathp. 133
Lost in the Middlep. 133
Looking at the Structure of the Job Marketp. 135
Professional Jobsp. 135
Technician Jobsp. 135
Operative Jobsp. 135
Identifying Alternatives to a Four-Year Degreep. 136
Moving On from Collegep. 145
Going Back to Stepp. 146
Helping a College Graduate Regroupp. l49
Networking for Ideasp. 150
Identifying Your Valuesp. 151
Evaluating Grad School as an Optionp. 155
Summaryp. 165
Avoiding the Five-Year Planp. 165
Out of College and Into the Workforcep. l69
Appendix: College-Related Acronymsp. 173
Indexp. 175
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