Help Students Fall in Love With Their Career Plans

It is Valentine’s Day soon, so we’re going to hear a lot about love — whether we want to or not! There are many catchy phrases about love: all you need is love; love makes the world go around; love is friendship set to music.  In fact, some of the best quotes with the word “love” are actually about careers. A good one is from Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” In other words, if you love what you do, every day will be like a holiday. Isn’t that a great goal for students?

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The Many Benefits of Volunteering

Looking for a fun activity to try with your teen? Have you considered volunteering together? Teens who serve as volunteers benefit in the same ways as adults. They learn skills associated with the volunteer work they choose. Encouraging our teens to reach out and help others is not only a great bonding opportunity for you and your child, it can help their future. Read more…

Opportunities and Aging: The Bright Side

2016 has arrived. And no matter how many “get healthy” resolutions we might make, we can’t escape the fact that we will all turn another year older in 2016. Whether or not we publicly admit to having a birthday is another matter…but one thing about birthdays is they come around every year, no matter what we do.

In fact, the North American population is growing older. That’s largely because of the baby boomers. There are 76 million baby boomers in the U.S. Those baby boomers are getting older every year, even if they never tell anyone.  The result? The American Association of Retired Persons says the number of Americans over 65 will double in the next 30 years. Read more…

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The Force of Apprenticeships

“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.”
— Yoda

Great advice, Yoda gives. These words were first spoken a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — or on a movie screen in 1980, depending on your perspective — but they can be used in every part of life, including career counseling.

Not only is Yoda a quotable philosopher, he is also a great teacher. In fact, his relationship with Luke Skywalker is a good example of an apprenticeship program in action. Read more…

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Finding the Time: Tips for Parents of College Applicants

With an eye on college admissions, how can today’s students balance the demands of school, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs – and still fit in some occasional downtime?  And what can parents do to help their teens manage their time?

Educational consultant Brittany Maschal says that while students should be encouraged to explore their interests, get involved with their community and be active, their focus should start to narrow as they move through the high school years.

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Gearing Up for the FAFSA – Start with the FAFSA ID

As 2015 starts drawing to close, it’s time to start thinking about what lies ahead in 2016.

Our predictions?

Well, in a perfect world, January 1, 2016, will be the day every high school senior sits down to file the FAFSA. After all, it’s important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Some schools and states award aid money on a first-come, first-served basis.

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