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Advice on essential skills for college from a homeschooled, public school teacher.
High school kids get thinking about college by creating e-portfolios. They conduct Internet research on a specific career, take a self-assessment, and relate their interests/strengths to the career they've chosen. 
Log on and create learner accounts on the Big Future website, then let the lesson begin! Pupils log onto the website to explore college options. They use the tools provided to create a step-by-step college plan. This will help relieve pre-college jitters while making a college education more accessible.
Getting ready to choose a college can start with the simple task of making a list. Upper graders reasearch colleges, choose one to research, then compile a list of schools that they think they'd most like to attend. 
Here's a real life research project that should get those upper graders excited! They conduct research into everything they'll need to know before moving out on their own. They compare university tuition, housing, textbooks, living arrangements, leases, credit card offers, and financial aid packages. This lesson is top-notch, and it offers essay tips, financial aid links, and motivational speech links.
Most of the kids in your senior class really want to go to college, but some of them have no idea of how they're going to pay for it. Cover the basics regarding college funding. Information includes types of college options, types of funding options, scholarships, FAFSA, grants and loans. An excellent source of information for any young adult ready to move on to higher education.
Get those kids brainstorming about the types of jobs or careers they'd love to have. Then have them dive into a career-focused research project. Pupils take an interest survey, discuss career clusters, then work through the provided worksheets to start researching a potential career. Additionally, they write a paper describing that career, why they want to pursue it, and what they need to do to reach their goals.
Young scholars explore different careers in science. In this science career lesson, students examine how Western and non Western approaches complement each other in science. Young scholars conduct interviews and have class discussions about their own interests in a science career.
What do you want to be? What colleges will prepare you for this career path? What are the admission requirements for these institutions? Prepare college-bound learners for the admissions process with a series of activities that ask individuals to research careers, as well as college admission factors, standards, and requirements. The packet includes a college selection questionnaire and links to the College Board site.
By engaging in small and large group discussions, learners consider the importance of attending college. After discussion, small groups reconvene and create posters based on their findings.
Prepping pupils for the real world is a vital part of our job. This activity focuses on getting upper graders ready for their first post-collegiate job interview. They will prepare a resume, research a potential company to work for, and then engage in a mock interview which their peers will rate. Script, procedure, and worksheets are included. This lesson really offers a glimpse of what it takes to land a good job!
Students research, analyze and study a variety of resources and activities to broaden their horizons on careers and service learning through classroom, community and career activities. They scan all possible choices they have at their disposal out in the real world.
Ninth graders will explore manufacturing careers. In this career lesson, 9th graders will explore career options through an interactive video-conference with an engineering professor or professional.
Twelfth graders at the Institute for Collaborative Education, a small 6-12th grade NYC public school go on internships during their final 2 cycles (February - June) in High School. The Senior Interns work four days a week in real world situations related to possible jobs and professions they might want to pursue after college. They prepare for entering the work force through the use of guided discussions, Internet resources, and prepared worksheets.
Seventh graders discuss and make a list of potential science careers and the skills needed for them. They research an historical scientist and make a presentation to the rest of the class, in the persona of that scientist. They hold a mock conference in which each scientist discusses his/her latest discoveries.
Students discuss career possibilities. In this career education lesson plan, students view presentations from various career areas and discuss workplace requirements. Students list the top few career choices that interest them.
Students explore their career options and practice resume writing and college application essays. In this career exploration lesson, students create a personal career portfolio using the Web and other resource tools to access interest surveys and career information sites. Students identify their career goals, take interest and personality inventories, research two careers, prepare a report for one career, and prepare and career portfolio.
Ninth graders explore career options in the manufacturing industry. This lesson's strength lies in its connections between the world of school and the world of work. Students explore these career options through an interactive video-conference with an engineering professor or professional who answers student-generated questions.
Students read several passages about archaeology to learn about the career. In this archaeology instructional activity, students research the career of archaeology. Students interview an archaeologist and then write an essay about the career choice of archaeology.
Fifth graders explore career options and potential jobs. In this career lesson, 5th graders study various careers and the training or education needed for those careers. Students study posters and name career paths as well as occupations in the paths. Students complete worksheets related to the career exploration and research three jobs they would like to have.

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