of the most important tasks of a counselor is to keep the doors of communication
open between yourself and your students and the student's parents. A good way to
do this is to create a career center in your school that provides students with
open access to information that will be useful to them. When they come into the
career center you will be able to share advice, information, and options with
A career center
doesn't have to be an elaborate library of information. It can simply be a shelf
of books in your office and a computer. The computer is especially important
because you can let students use it to do scholarship and college information
Keeping an up-to-date career binder (or set of binders) will be a great
service to your students. You can get basic information on over 250 careers off
of our career search page. You can gradually
add information to this as you find articles in the local paper or magazines,
Financial Aid Information
There are billions of dollars of financial aid available out there but
your students need access to the information to apply to them. The local library
is usually pitifully out of date when it comes to getting current information.
The best solution to getting financial aid information out there is to hook your
students up to an internet service such as: www.fastweb.com.
Sites like FastWeb give students instant and personalized information on what
financial aid is available to them with a minimum of effort on your part.