High school is over, now what?” For scores of high school graduates this spring, the question can loom. But it doesn’t have to; attention to the following four items adds up to an effortless post-secondary transition.
1. Explore Yourself.
“Identify your skills, values and personality factors”, says Barb Kruger, an independent career professional. Barb uses a combination of assessments, self-reflection tools and coaching to help students know and communicate about themselves and recruit the help they need.
2. Explore the World.
“Learn how to gather information that is meaningful and relevant to yourself and to your goals”, says Barb. At Island Oak High School in Duncan, she has students practice interviewing each other before bringing real-world professionals into the classroom for students to interview. Students then conduct occupational interviews out in the community.
3. Explore Post-Secondary Institutions.
“Practice speaking and writing about your accomplishments”, says Barb. She takes students on post-secondary visits and trains them to express themselves with confidence, then has them practice writing essays that can garner them university acceptances and scholarships.
4. Start in Grade Nine or Earlier.
“Pre-requisites differ from university to university”, says Barb, “you need more than the requirements for a Dogwood Diploma to qualify for most universities.” By grade 10, students need specific maths and sciences courses for some university programs, and documented volunteer and work experiences.”By Grade 12, choices become critical if students want to enter university.” Even adults can go through the steps above, but “ If they start in Grade 9 or earlier, this process will be effortless and fun, with no pressure.”
This is reprinted from an article in the Cowichan Valley Voice magazine by Vivi de Graff, the Communications Coordinator at Island Oak High School in Duncan.