• Career Planning Timeline

     
    The goal of the Forest Lake High School is to ensure that all students will graduate with the skills necessary to attend college without the need to take remedial classes in the areas of reading, writing, or mathematics once enrolled in college. Each student will have the opportunity to pursue, at his/her own choice, a relevant high school program (career path) that will prepare him/her for a selective college or university, a demanding technical school or training program or the military.
     
     
     

    Timeline for planning during junior high and high school: 

  • 7th & 8th Grade:

    • Begin thinking about the high school classes that will prepare you for college. Take the most difficult classes you can handle.
    • Ask your parents or teachers to help you develop good study habits.
    • Practice setting and reaching goals.
    • Volunteer in your community.
    • Take interest and skills assessments to help you think about possible career options.
    • Talk with your school counselor and parents about careers that interest you.
    • Create a tentative high school class plan.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.

    9th & 10th Grade:

    • Select high school classes that will prepare you for college and your intended career path. Take rigorous classes as well as classes that interest you.
    • Do well in your classes.
    • Ask your parents or teachers to help you develop good study habits.
    • Practice setting and reaching goals.
    • Volunteer in your community.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities.
    • Use MCIS to take interest and skills assessments to help you think about possible career options.
    • Talk with your school counselor, parents, teachers, family friends, etc. about careers that interest you.
    • Determine what education and/or training is required for the career paths that interest you. 
    • Create a tentative high school class plan. Consider enrolling in classes that will earn you college credit.
      • Advanced Placement Courses
      • College in the Schools
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.
    • Talk with your parents about saving and paying for college if that is the education required for your intended career path.
    • Talk with friends, teachers, deans, College and Career Coordinator, and your parents about college, apprenticeships, and military.
    • Explore internships and apprenticeships.

    11th Grade:

    • Attend the National College Fair (usually held at the end of September). 
    • Mentor others and have a mentor for yourself.
    • Take the PSAT and/or ACT in the fall to identify areas where you need improvement.
    • Consider possible career options and investigate the type of education and/or training that is needed.
    • Request materials from schools that interest you and visit their websites.
    • Create a list of 10-15 schools that interest you. Consider how far you want to be from home, size of the school, environment (urban, rural, suburban), majors offered, and selectivity.
    • Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you. Try to visit campuses while classes are in session.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities and continue volunteering. Create a variety of experiences for yourself.
    • Register for classes that will earn you college credit during your senior year through
      • Advanced Placement
      • College in the Schools.
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options
    • Register for classes that interest you and help you explore your intended career path.
    • Earn good grades. Make sure you are meeting your high school graduation requirements.
    • Prepare for and take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.
    • Get a job to earn and save money for college, or explore your skills through an internship or apprenticeship.
    • Research private scholarship options.
  • 12th Grade:

    • Select a rigorous class schedule while also exploring those classes that interest you.
    • Stay focused on your schoolwork and resist the temptation to slide. 
    • Take career interest assessments and determine the education needed for careers that interest you. 
    • Participate in extracurricular activities. 
    • Volunteer in the community. 

    September - November 

    • Complete your last campus visits and/or revisit schools that are high on your interest list.
    • Create a list of 4 or more schools to which you plan to apply.
    • Use the Compare Schools tool in Xello.
    • Make a table of the schools to which you will apply. In the table include: type of application you are using (The Common App. Coatlition App, or school specific app) recquired application components (determine whether your schools accepts official ACT test scores form ACT or ACT scores provided on your school transcript, and deadlines (including school specific scholarship deadlines). Be aware that deadlines can vary greatly among schools; however, as a whole, more and more students are applying by the early action deadline. 
    • Request your transcript using Parchment. Current students are able to request free transcripts.
    • Retake the ACT and/or SAT for the last time. To ensure your scores are considered for the November 1 early action deadline, plan to have your final ACT taken by the end of September. 
    • Complete your application essay(s). Provide an essay even when optional. This is your opportunity to give your application dimension.
    • Meet with your dean or the College and Career Coordinator to review your high school class plan and post high school plans. 
    • Create a resume of your academic, athletic and work activities as well as other achievements. Prepare a portfolio if you're interested in the arts. 
    • Ask for recommendations (if required) from teachers, counselors and others who can comment on your abilities and talents. Provide each person a resume and thank you note. In the Common App, your counselor recommendation is completed by your dean.
    • Attend a financial aid event. Review a copy of Paying for College.
    • Complete the FAFSA (opens October 1) and review your SAR (student aid report) for accuracy. Before starting the FAFS, the student and 1 parent will EACH need to create a FSA ID.
    • Continue your scholarship search. Many national and school specific scholarships have an early Janueary deadline. 
    • Check if there is still time to sign up for spring classes that will earn college credit through 
      • Advanced Placement
      • College in the Schools. 
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options

    December - February 

    • Complete any applications you did not submit for the early action deadline.
    • Be sure you have completed the FAFSA. 
    • Attend a financial aid event if you haven't already done so. Review a copy of Paying for College. 
    • Begin applying for Forest Lake Community Scholarships and independent Forest Lake area scholarships.
    • Compare your award letters.
    • Calculate your likely monthly loan repayment. There are many calculators online.

    March - May 

    • Have your final high school transcript sent to the colleges to which you've applied. 
    • Choose a college and notify in writing those you don't plan to attend. 
    • Send in required forms or deposits. 
    • Learn the process for roommate selection.
    • Make sure you are on track for graduating. 

    Summer 

    • Get a job to earn money for college. 
    • Review orientation materials from the college you selected. 
    • If living on campus, check with the college for a list of what's provided by the school and what the school expects the student to provide. 
    • Contact your roommate.