Are your kids out on summer break yet? It’s a fun time and relief from the school year craziness. With homework, sports, band, volunteering, and projects, there isn’t much time for anything else. Summer break is a good opportunity for your teen to start planning for their life after high school.

 Here are suggested action items for your high school student to work on this summer:

  • Get organized. The college application requires you to write down all the activities, awards, and volunteer opportunities your teen does from 9th – 12th grade.  Check out our My Ideal College Countdown Organizer to help you with this.
  • Research different jobs. Check out Goadilo for video interviews with people in a variety of careers.
  • Narrow down possible career interests. The best way to do this is for your teen to take a career assessment. In 20 minutes, you’ll have a list of careers they would enjoy based on research of many jobs. Click here to set up a complimentary call with me to find out more.
  • Meet with people in those careers and interview them about working in their particular field . Ask about our Informational Interview Questions.
  • Get and stay organized. See why above.
  • Make a list of colleges or technical schools to visit and your criteria for them.
  • Find out the requirements for those colleges or technical schools.
  • Study for ACT/SAT, if needed.
  • Get and stay organized. See why above.
  • Make a list of teachers you want to ask for recommendations. You should request them as soon as the school year begins.
  • Work on your college essay.  College application specialists say you need to plan on two months to write and finalize your essay. This will give you time to plan it out, write a draft, and revise. Check out our Best Foot Forward offering to help your teen get started.

 Would you like to learn more ways to support your teen with planning their future? Schedule a complimentary strategy session with me here.