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Career Story: High School Guidance Counselor

High School Career and Guidance Counselor

Job Title: Career Counselor

Type of Company: I work for a school district in upstate New York.

Education: BA, Business/HR, Norwich University

Previous Experience: I was a senior operations lead for American Airlines.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility is to work one-on-one with students beginning their career and college search. To assist with this search, I use a computer program called "Choices" that helps align different career choices with the college or colleges that are most likely him help him succeed. I take more time with the students who have no career direction or are confused on how to research a career. I also assist with maintaining student records, scheduling college visits to the school and SAT, ACT , AP exam execution for the counseling center.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is using my prior career and work experience to help direct students in their career decision process. I also worked abroad for a number of years which is extremely valuable considering this young generation will be working on a much more global market economy than past generations. Another huge benefit is the time off during regular school vacations.

The worst part is the low pay. In the private sector I would be paid a higher base salary for my expertise but might not reach as many young people if I did work in the private sector as I do in the local school system.

Job Tips:
1. Twenty years of business experience isn't recognized as a qualification by most school districts, so get your Master's degree.

2. Don't wait for that advanced degree. Working outside of a school system first will help you find the right balance between having real work experience and academic proficiency.

Additional Thoughts: Very rewarding career, great for career mothers who need a "school schedule" themselves due to family obligations, must be practical and like to work with high school age students. An up and coming field that if you have the right credentials in place you can really help students find their perfect career goal.

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