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College recommendations for the medical field or a chemical engineer?

What can I do to approach my college options? What should I look for in colleges that will benefit my career decisions? And what can I do to attract more attention from colleges and get a better chance of acceptance? #career #medicalcolleges#chemicalengineercolleges


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Theresa’s Answer

Great questions! First off, getting into college: keep your grades up and participate in extracurricular activities (community service projects, sports, student council, etc.). Next, choosing a college: the best college is the one where you can get a lot of support to get the best grades. Status of a school and name-recognition are great, but if the school wasn't a good fit for you that you got lost in the classes, had no resources to help you with the coursework, and then got really bad grades, that is not good for any career. Hiring managers for entry-level positions for new grads with bachelor's degrees really do look for good grades, experience from volunteer research lab work or internships, and a well-rounded background that fits well with company.


Ultimately, no matter where you are in your journey toward your ideal career, there's always a path to get back on track. Don't ever think that if you don't make the right decision immediately that you'll never get to your ideal career. For example, if you don't get accepted to your top school, consider community college and transfer to that top school you want to go to. Good luck & don't give up!


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Ken’s Answer

Here is an interesting article for you to view on this subject. It really does not matter where you go to school. What matters the most is how well you do with your course work and how well you do at developing and maintaining face to face interpersonal networking connections and support. The best thing that you can do is to talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do and see what advice they have.


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Ken recommends the following next steps:

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
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Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
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Here are some great sites that will help you to learn more about the vast opportunities in the area of engineering: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ## ## http://stemtosteam.org/ ## ## https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/undergraduate-students/engineering-still-needs-more-women ##
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Thank you so much! I will look into all the sites. Anna C.

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