Session 1 Who Are You ?? The Importance of Self Knowledge Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0pyIVUq_JA&feature=related
What makes you unique? • Values • Gifts • Talents • Strengths • Interests • Dreams • Personality • Character • Jobs/hobbies • Goals • Skills Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.~Aristotle
Investigate You. • Interest inventories, personality assessments, career assessments, strengths finder • Record academic achievements/work achievements • What do you do for fun? • Hobbies • Volunteer work • Clubs/organizations • Speak with a good listener who knows you and can help identify more of who you are
What type of lifestyle do you want to have? Median Weekly Income by Educational Attainment, 2008 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2009a).
The School Counselor Individual Student Planning • Goal setting • Academic plans • Career plans • Problem solving • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses • Transition plans Source: ASCA
Session 2: Assessments To help discover who you are The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose. ~Richard Grant
True Colors • Fill out True Colors inventory • Prioritize each grouping of words across the row horizontally • Use “4” to indicate MOST like you, “1” to indicate LEAST like you • Each row MUST have a “1” through “4” • Add columns down for a color total
What is True Colors? • True Colors is an inventory designed to help you better understand yourself and others. • True Colors is an activity used to promote the appreciation of individual differences. • True Colors is a self-awareness activity enabling individuals to become aware of their personality styles. • True Colors is a team-builder helping members to understand the preferred styles of their colleagues.
Points to Remember • Each color is reflective of your personality. • You will identify a primary and secondary color. These are your preferred styles. • The colors you do not choose will have some characteristics that are representative of you; however, it is not your preferred style. • True Colors is valuable for improving your effectiveness in working with others; however, as a short, self-report assessment it is not 100% accurate.
The Four True Colors • Blue • Relationship Oriented • Gold • Structure Oriented • Green • Cognitive Oriented • Orange • Impulse Oriented
Class Activity • Colors group up! • As a group, each color will be planning a vacation to anywhere of your choosing. • Work together as a group to figure out what needs to be done/discussed. • You have 10 minutes to complete the activity and then we will share with the class.
BLUES...at work • I have a strong desire to influence others so they may lead more significant lives. • I often work in the arts, communication, education, and helping professions. • Iam adept at motivating and interacting with others.
BLUES...in relationships • I seek harmonious relationships. • I am a true romantic and believe in drama, warmth, and empathy to all relationships. • I enjoy the symbols of romance such as flowers, candlelight, and music and cherish the small gestures of affection.
Blue in Conversations • Love to talk • Tend to be direct and honest • Talk about how they feel • Avoid issues that might end up in conflict • Ramble and get off the subject • Pay attention to non-verbal • communication
GOLDS...at work • I provide stability and can maintain organization. • My ability to handle details and to work hard make me the backbone of many organizations. • I believe that work comes before play, even if I must work overtime to complete the task.
GOLDS...in relationships • I am serious and tend to have traditional, conservative views of both love and marriage. • I enjoy others who can work along with me, building secure, predictable relationships together. • I demonstrate admiration through the practical things I do for the ones I love.
Gold in Conversations • Use clear and precise language • Cut the small talk • Want to keep the conversation in order • Talk about responsibilities • Focus on how efficient things are • Want to follow an agenda or plan
GREENS...at work • I am conceptual and an independent thinker. For me, work is play. • I am drawn to constant challenge in careers, and like to develop models, explore ideas, or build systems to satisfy my need to deal with innovation. • Once I have perfected an idea, I prefer to move on, leaving the project to be maintained and supported by others.
GREENS...in relationships • I prefer to let my head rule my heart. • I dislike repetition, so it is difficult for me to continuously express feeling. I believe that once feelings are stated, they are obvious to others. • I am uneasy when my emotions control me; I want to establish a relationship, leave it to maintain itself, and turn my energies to my studies, work or other interests.
Green in Conversations • Tend to rely on the facts • Ask many questions • Say things only once • Avoid small talk • Argue both sides of any issue • Worry that they are not being understood
ORANGES...at work • I am bored and restless with jobs that are routine and structured. • I am satisfied in careers that allow me independence and freedom, while utilizing my physical coordination and my love of tools. • I view any kind of tool as an extension of myself. • I am a natural performer.
ORANGES...in relationships • I seek a relationship with shared activities and interests. • I like to explore new ways to energize the relationship. • In a relationship, I need to be bold and thrive on physical contact. • I enjoy giving extravagant gifts that bring obvious pleasure to special people in my life.
Orange in Conversations • Say just the right things • Dominate what is being said • Get right to the point • Make decisions quickly • Create energy and excitement • Focus on results
Group Processing • What are the needs of your primary color (preferred personality style)? • What frustrates you about other colors (personality styles)? • What frustrates you about your color (personality style)?
Something to think about • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss • Self discovery and understanding is important • Learn who you are • Your values and interests • What is important to you in life
References • Mahler-Roger, D. True colors [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/osal/forms/llsf09truecolors.pdf • Creighton University. True colors [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from http://www.creighton.edu/fileadmin/user/njslc/docs/True_Colors.pdf • Whiting, J. 2009. Color yourself happy: Tapping into your true colors to feel good when you’re feeling bad. Retrieved from http://www.true-colors.com/pdfs/Color_Yourself_Happy_in_Tough_Economic_Times.pdf • Hedberg, J. & Fischio, S. 2005. True colors. Retrieved from http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview?LPid=12851 • Johnson, D. True colors personality assessment. Retrieved from http://www.theslideprojector.com/pdffiles/learnertypes.pdf • Central Square-Central School District. 2011. College prep: Self assessment. Retrieved from http://www.cssd.org/instruction.cfm?subpage=25342
What are MY Options? Session 3: From Vocational School to Master’s Degrees: What is Next for YOU!
Lifestyles • Activity • Draw THREE things you would like to have when you are older
Lifestyles • What did you draw? • Ex. Large house, nice car • What kinds of jobs do you think you need to hold to earn the types of things you drew? • How much money do you think you need to make?
College • Does anyone know any jobs that require a college degree? • Does anyone know any subjects that someone can major or minor in while attending college?
College • Types of institutions • Private, public, liberal arts • Degrees attainable at these institutions • Associate’s Degree: Two year degree • Examples: Computer Specialists, Dental Hygienist • Bachelor’s Degree: Four year degree • Examples: Teacher, Nurse • Master’s Degree: Bachelor’s degree + 2-3 years in a specialized field • Examples: School Counselor, Clinical Psychologist • Doctorate Degree: differs by program • Examples: Surgeon, Doctor, College Professor
College • SAT’s • Standardized admissions test • Combination of high school, extra curricular activities, grades, and SAT considered for college admission • Hand out about SAT important information • http://hsalaredo.org/highschool/SAT-ACT%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
College • Important courses to consider • 4 years of Language Arts • 4 years of Mathematics • Statistics, geometry, algebra, calculus • 3 years of Science • Biology, chemistry, physics • 3 years of Social Studies • Economics, geography, civics • 2 years of World Languages • Spanish, Latin, German, French • Art • Example: If you are interested in majoring in Biology, you would concentrate in the areas of science and math
College Statistics • 68.1% of high school graduates in the United States attend college • 6/10 high school students attend college • The average earning, per year, with a college degree is $52,200 compared to a high school graduate’s average yearly earning which is $30,400
Vocational School • Does anyone know of any jobs that require training from a technical school?
Vocational School • Examples of jobs that can be attained with training from a technical school • Welding, HVAC, Chef, Hair Stylist, Computer Technician • Associate’s Degree is attained after completing some programs, including: • Computer Technician, Medical Assistant
Vocational School • Classes needed to be taken in high school • Courses required for high school graduation • Some high schools offer courses in graphic design, home economics, agriculture, wood shop, and other hands-on courses
Art School • Offers programs for students who are interested in the following areas: • Fashion merchandising and design • Graphic design • Photography • Advertising
Art School • High school classes to consider: • Computer classes • Painting, drawing, sculpting • Associate’s, Bachelor’s Degree programs are offered • Examples of art schools in the area: • The Art Institute of York • Degrees in graphic design, fashion merchandising, etc. • Academy of Art University
Military • 5 branches • Army • Navy • Marines • Coast Guard • Air Force • For information regarding joining the military, visit your local recruiting office. • Each branch has a different, local recruiting station
Heading into the Workforce • About 25% of students are able to find jobs after graduating high school, without further education • Some jobs one can hold with a high school diploma are: • Construction workers, carpenters • Office assistant, receptionist, clerks • Customer service and sales • Waitress/waiter, bartender • Manager
References 20 Jobs You Can Get With a High School Diploma . (n.d.). Jobs & Job Search Advice, Employment & Careers | Careerbuilder.com. Retrieved December 4, 2011, from http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1252-Job-Info-Trends-20-Jobs-You-Can-Get-With-a-High-School-Diploma Month. (n.d.). College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2010 High School Graduates . U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved December 4, 2011, from http://www.bls.gov/news.release/hsgec.nr0.htm The SAT/ACT Fact Sheet. (n.d.). The SAT/ACT Fact Sheet. Retrieved December 4, 2011, from hsalaredo.org/highschool/SAT-ACT%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
Social Media • Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc… • Social Media is used for almost everything • Keeping your profile page professional • Picture • Descriptions, quotes, likes, etc… • Make use of the privacy settings • If you have any doubts about it DON’T USE IT! • You never know who is watching you
First Impressions • You can make a good first impression by doing a number of things. Here are a few examples: • The way you talk • The way you dress • The way you carry yourself • Smiling • Being responsible – focusing on the important things
Why is this important to me? • Reputation • Get you into a college/university • Scholarships • A Good Job
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you somebody else means to fight the hardest battle you will ever fight. Never stop fighting” E. E. Cumming’s Quote
References The Pursuit of Happiness. Dir. Gabriele Muccino. Perf. Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith. Columbia Pictures, 2006. DVD.