For Sophomores - College and Career Planning for Sophomores
The following are a list of recommendations from the Guidance Office to help you stay on track your sophomore year.
For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:
- Sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. The PSAT will be administered at Susquehannock on a Saturday and not during the week. This is an excellent way to prepare for the SAT and will give you an idea of what skills you can concentrate on before you take the SAT in your junior year.
- All sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PLAN in February. This is an excellent way to prepare for the ACT and to begin career research. In addition to the information it provides, it is free.
- Use on-line tools and personal contacts to find out what type of education you will need for the career(s) you are considering. Arrange for job shadowing on your own or through the Guidance Office to get a better idea of what the career entails. Some useful web sites are www.bridges.com (log in information is available in the Guidance Office), www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.EducationPlanner.org, www.collegeview.com, www.petersons.com.
- Begin making a list of colleges, trade or technical schools. Go to their website to find out more about admission requirements, courses, etc.
- Use the FAFSA4caster to help plan for the financial challenges of higher education by accessing www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
- Get involved in sports, clubs and community activities. These may help you decide on a career and/or give you ideas about what to write about in your college application/scholarship essay.
- Think about the high school courses that are needed for college acceptance. Most colleges like to see two years of the same foreign language (taken in grades 9-12), math through Algebra II and two lab sciences (physics, chemistry, biology).
For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:
- Take the opportunity to shadow in the area of employment that you want to pursue. This may help you to decide for or against pursuing a specific occupation.
- If you have the time to get a part-time job, try to find something that will allow you to learn about a career you are interested in.
- Create or update your resume in order to be prepared as you learn of new employment opportunities. You can construct a resume using www.bridges.com.
- Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time. Make sure you get in this habit now.
- Think about the high school courses that will help you get a job. Explore the technology and business courses that might give you the edge over another applicant.
For students who want to enter a branch of military service:
- Contact a recruiter for the specific branch of interest. Local information can be found on-line. US Army (www.goarmy.com), US Navy (www.navy.com), US Air Force (www.airforce.com), US Marines (www.Marines.com), US Coast Guard (www.gocoastguard.com), US Merchant Marine (www.usmma.edu), ROTC (www.military.com/ROTC).
- Find out when the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is being administered at SHS and how to prepare for the test. Your scores will determine what jobs you can choose from in each branch of service. More information and on-line preparation for this and other standardized tests can be accessed at www.march2success.com and www.asvabprogram.com