When filling out job/college/scholarship applications, you will often be asked for a letter of recommendation. You should choose a responsible adult who knows you well and who would do a good job of describing your positive qualities. Instead of just casually mentioning it to your teacher/counselor/supervisor/coach, it is a good idea to give them some information about yourself. Consider filling out this form (or something similar) and handing it to them. And remember, it is important that you give them plenty of time to write you a solid recommendation. Asking for one an hour before it is due, or even a day before, is NEVER a good idea. Most adults need at least a week’s notice to write a good recommendation.
First, try exploring some Interest Inventories:
This one is based on the well-known (and well-researched) Holland Self-Directed Search, but it’s free. You will answer questions about the types of activities you enjoy, as well as how you would describe yourself. And once you get your results, it has a link to show you career options that would be a good fit for you.
This is another good site for figuring out what you like and what you are good at.
This one has a $9.95 fee, but it is probably the most reliable.
You can also explore these Career Sites:
This is a great resource, but it has a lot of information to sift through. But it links job titles to good, basic descriptions. You can search by different categories, such as career cluster, job family, or keyword.
Never heard of a job? Want to know how much the average salary is? This is a good place to start researching.
This is a good site to get started looking at job possibilities.
You can stop by my office and request one. If I’m not in my office, there is a “Transcript Request” form on the front counter of the main office. Just fill that out and turn it in. Make sure to note on the form if you need an official or unofficial copy.
Check out these websites:
www.cappex.com This website offers both information on colleges and scholarships. Once you register, it can help you find colleges that are a good “fit” for you.
www.youniversitytv.com This website allows you to take virtual tours of many college campuses. They also have basic information about getting into college and finding financial aid.
www.princetonreview.com This website is first and foremost a place to go for help studying for college entrance exams (ACT and SAT), but they also offer information about colleges and ways to find help with school work.