Whether you're a freshman wondering which sports and extracurricular activities to pursue, a sophomore planning a sequence of courses that will wow college admissions officers, a junior preparing to take the SAT or ACT, or a senior writing your personal statement and trying to figure out how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we have all the resources you need!
Come and check out our Young Adult Careers collection, located on the first floor in the Young Adult room. We have recently updated this collection with all the latest 2009 and 2010 college guides and scholarship handbooks from the biggest names in the field: The Princeton Review, Peterson's, Kaplan, U.S. News and World Report, and, of course, The College Board (who writes the SAT!). Here you can find books on how to make the most of your high school experience, find the college that's right for you, get recruited as a student athlete, apply for financial aid, and write your personal statement -- just to name a few!
Here's just a few of our new titles: The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions : Stand Out From the Pack, Avoid Mistakes and Get Into the College of Your Dreams, How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families, Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late-Blooming, and Just Plain Different, and Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement.
From lii.org: "Resources about college planning, financial aid and scholarships (including FAFSA), and career guidance for students, parents, counselors, librarians, and educators. Includes cost calculators, a high school course planner for younger students, and links to state programs and other resources. Also available in Spanish. A public service site from a loan corporation."
From lii.org: "The heart of this site is the scholarship search engine that lets Internet users search, without cost, a database of hundreds of thousands of U.S. scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, and loans. Free registration allows you to set up a profile and mailbox that will automatically send you the latest scholarship information to fit your profile."
Starting to think about what career path you might want to embark upon? What jobs incorporate your interests? Which careers have a good long-term outlook? What skills do you need to develop to best prepare for your chosen career?
Our Young Adult Careers collection will help you to pinpoint your skills and interests, and learn more about jobs that will allow you to put your passions to good use. Here's just a taste of some of the titles available: Careers for Sports Nuts and Other Athletic Types, Career Ideas for Teens in Information Technology, The Vault College Career Bible, and 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed.
There are also a few databases which will prove helpful to you as you explore possible careers. One is the self-assessment tool Learning Express, which provides sampler tests of varying levels. It evaluates your academic strengths and weaknesses through simulation tests (based on official tests) complete with individual analysis of results.
Another useful resource is Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, a comprehensive career research database broken down into three main sections: Job and Industry Profiles, Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills, and Career and Industry Resources. The Job and Industry Profiles section, organized into 16 Career Clusters created by the Department of Education, contains information on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries. The Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills section provides invaluable advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment, and more—with more than 90 sample résumés and cover letters included. The Career and Industry Resources section includes more than 55,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and more, divided into easily browsable categories with searchable records. Nearly 300 videos present essential career information on both specific jobs and industries and on skills.
You can access these terrific databases from home or from a cafe, as long as you have your Montclair Public Library card!
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