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June 2017

SCHOOL

Private Schools – Steps in Selecting the Right School For Your Child

You’ve made the decision that you want your child to go to a private school. Now, how do you select one?

Identify your Needs

There are many factors to consider when choosing the “right” school. At the start of your process, make sure you know what your needs are, and rank them in order of importance to your family. What are the “must haves”? “Nice to haves”? Things you don’t care about?

Search for Schools

You can start your research by consulting the Web or various published guides. Or, you can hire a consultant who is knowledgeable about the private schools in your area and can help you determine which schools match your requirements.

Coming up with the Finalists

Once you have a list of schools, begin your specific research on each one. Here is a summary of commonly asked questions to help guide you through this process:

  • What kind of school do you want? Private? Independent? Religious? Day or boarding? Single sex or co-ed? Large or small?
  • How far do you want it to be from your home?
  • What school best matches you child’s academic, social and athletic needs? His or her talents?
  • Are there any specialized programs? Extracurricular activities?
  • How diverse is the school population?
  • What kind of social life is there?
  • What is the tuition? How and when is it paid? Is there financial aid?
  • How safe is the school? How does it handle disciplinary issues?
  • What is its academic philosophy?
  • What degrees does the staff have?
  • What is the ratio of staff to students?
  • What is a typical daily school schedule like?
  • How long has the school been in operation?
  • Is the school accredited?
  • What is the school’s financial status and endowment?
  • How does the school rank among other private schools?
  • Can parents get involved
  • What are the entrance requirements?
  • Do we know anyone who goes there?

The answers to many of these questions usually can be found by looking at a school’s Web site and by requesting literature from them.

Once you have your information, begin to make a list of the pros and cons of each school. This will yield a shorter list that you want to start looking at in more detail.

Visit the Targeted Schools

If possible, try to visit the schools you are interested in to look around and discuss its philosophy and standards in person. Check out its facilities and a classroom setting. Make sure you child talks to students to get the “lay of the land.” Ask school officials to provide you with contact information for a few parents of currently enrolled students.

If you already plan on applying to the school, you can combine this visit with a formal admission interview. If you are not sure, the visit can help you decide on whether to pursue it further.

Talk to Each Other

Parents and children should sit down and discuss all the information you have. You might like the school, but your child does not, or vice-versa.

Acting on Your Decision

Once you have your “short list” of desired schools, start the formal admission process. This will include your child taking required admission tests and both of you filling out the admission paperwork.

COLLEGE

To Every College President, Faculty Member, Administrator and Staff Member

Have you let your students down? Don’t answer too quickly. You probably have. Most colleges come up short in the area that students and their parents care about most. That’s why you should act on the following information.

The one thing that students care about most is graduating from college with a great job. They want to get off on the right foot and launch their careers in a good paying job with a respected employer. Their parents want that too. Parents want to know that their financial sacrifices have paid off. They also want to know that everyone at the college or university has done everything in their power to make that happen. Unfortunately, few colleges are able to harness the energy of their entire college community and point it toward that goal. Your college probably doesn’t either.

You may say that finding a good job is the student’s responsibility. Or, you may believe that it’s the responsibility of the understaffed and underfunded Career Services Office. In effect, you would be saying “It’s not my job.” However, if you think that it is not also your responsibility, you are wrong. In fact, you are so wrong that you would be one of the college leaders and faculty members who is letting your students down badly. Being a college leader, faculty member or administrator should mean that you care about your students so much that you are willing do everything in your power to help them become successful, in every possible way.

To show your concern, you might ask what else you can do to help your students. I’m glad you asked. Here are a few suggestions:

Change The Campus Culture – To maximize the number of seniors who graduate with great jobs, your entire college community (College Leaders, Students, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Parents) must all come together to make certain that every student knows where he/she is going, develops a step-by-step plan to get there, obtains campus, work and community experience and receives the training and guidance needed to prepare for and conduct an effective job search. To do that, your campus culture needs to be changed.

Create A Network For Your Students – Every faculty member, campus employee, student, parent and alumna already has a network which can be dramatically expanded, if they try. Those networks have the potential to uncover the critical contacts and job hunting information to ensure that every college senior can significantly increase the number of job interview opportunities they receive. To do that, you will need to harness and capitalize on those networks.

Identify Job Opportunities – Professors, instructors, administrators, parents and alumni don’t get to their positions without having gone to school with or worked with other people in their fields. Those contacts are needed to help students identify job opportunities. Just think! If every faculty member, administrator, campus employee, alumnus and parent identified one job opportunity for your students, nearly every student could find a job. To do that, you will need to bring your campus community together with a clear focus on student job hunting success.

Teach Students How To Prepare – You may not realize that “The senior year job search actually starts in the freshman year.” However, it does! That’s because successful job searches require many hours of preparation. Believe me, there is plenty to do. It’s what your students do during the first three years of college that will determine the level of job hunting success that they achieve. Student preparation activities and accomplishments accumulate semester-by-semester, year-by-year. They simply can’t all be done in the senior year. To help your students do all of that, you must change the way you think and operate.

Help Students Create Their Own Plan – Most students can’t create a viable plan by themselves. They just aren’t good at seeing into the future. That’s where you come in. You can help students identify their goals, figure out what employers expect of them, build a list of accomplishments, improve their leadership, communication and people skills, learn how to conduct an effective job search, develop the necessary job search tools and techniques, draft resumes and sales letters, sharpen their interviewing skills and much more. To do all of that, your students need someone to coach, mentor and guide them through the process of developing their plans. “Students can only succeed to the degree that they are prepared.” Will you help them?

Everyone Must Be Involved – To be successful in changing the culture of your college and the degree to which you help your students prepare for their senior year job searches, you and every member of the campus community must get involved. Are you ready and willing to change the way you operate?

College leaders like to say that their job is to give students a good education. However, exceptional college leaders understand that their students need much more than that. The best leaders do whatever it takes to mobilize and inspire their entire college community, to help make the dreams of their students (land a great job) come true. They know that large, looming college loan obligations with no immediate job prospects can greatly reduce any feelings of pride in having received a good education.

Great faculty, administrators and staff members do more too. Through their words and actions, they make it clear to everyone that they are part of the solution. Their active involvement in student planning activities, student coaching and guidance, student participation, network building, summer, part-time and full time job identification, and training or guiding students in job search techniques leaves no doubt where they stand on this issue.

If panicked students are begging your Career Services personnel for help during their senior year, something is seriously wrong with the way your college prepares students for their senior year job search. It means that you and your college have let your students down. Therefore, you should ask yourself three questions: “Are you going to let your students down again next year?” “Will you help move your college toward the new culture?” “Or, will you continue to say, ‘That’s not my job.'”?

CAREER

Tips For Choosing A New Career With The Jung Career Indicator Test

Congratulations on your decision to further your education! Returning to school to seek a new career that will lead to job security and stability is a wise decision but may be overwhelming at first and one that requires a bit of research and careful consideration. At this point you may be wondering where to begin and what career path to choose? The idea to return to school is not a difficult one, in fact many actively contemplate this thought but few people act upon it. Generally speaking one of the first factors most people think about when choosing a new career is the potential salary. However if money is the only deciding factor then the person may be neglecting the simple principle of happiness and as a result the person may find themselves unfulfilled in a new career regardless of income. Therefore it is essential to also consider a profession that also meets the individual’s interests, and personality traits and not simply the money aspect.

For this reason it is recommended to begin with a personality and career test such as the “Jung Typology Test” and the “Jung Career Indicator” both are offered for free by Human Metrics. These are simple questions with “yes” and “no” answers and only take a few minutes to complete and give instant results. When taking this test it is highly recommended to go with your gut feeling, meaning don’t over analyze the question, just answer it truthfully, don’t give the answer that you think you should answer, instead the honest one. The results will only help guide you in your search for a new career or college program. In addition the Jung Career Indicator Test also provides potential career matches to consider such as Nursing, Computer Technician, Medical Transcription, and Graphic Designer just to mention a few. This test is especially important because not only does it match the personality to the career but it also provides a list of reputable local colleges such as:

  • Devry University
  • SCIT
  • Bryman College
  • West Coast University
  • Everest College
  • Fullerton College

Keep in mind the above list are not your only options for schools, there are many choices and various programs that range from short achievable online certificate programs, two-year Associates Degree programs and more advanced degrees. There are alternate online programs also available that will help you achieve your academic goals such as:

  • Western Governors University
  • Devry University
  • Career Step
  • Future MT

To summarize it is important to consider salary, but that should not be the only deciding factor primarily because neglecting the individual’s personal preferences or personality traits may lead dissatisfaction. So begin by first discovering some traits about yourself by taking the two free tests offered on Human Metrics, narrow down a few career options, then look into some of the local colleges and chose the one that best fits your needs. The “bottom line” is to start your search for a new career now, it is never too soon or too late and the Jung Career Indicator Test is a good starting point. Remember it is free, quick and simple so don’t procrastinate and get started now.