SOPHOMORE TOOLKIT

Even though this year looks different, the people and resources you’ve always had are working even harder for you. Graduation, college, and work may seem far away, but this is the best time to start and make sure that you are on track for your future.

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CHOOSE CLASSES THAT HELP YOU REACH YOUR RIGHT-FIT COLLEGE & CAREER PLAN

Review Your Transcript

Your school counselor can help you make sure you are taking the courses that will meet graduation requirements and prepare you for your career goals.

Build Your Resume

Take an occupational education class offering industry-recognized certification (IRC) through your school, or get connected to other programs or community-based organizations that can help you build skills.

Focus on Grades

Colleges, employers, and scholarship committees look at your GPA as an indication of how you apply yourself and overcome setbacks. Seek resources early and don’t give up if you are falling behind.
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EXPLORE PERSONAL HOBBIES & TALENTS TO DISCOVER WHICH CAREERS INTEREST YOU

Develop Your Skills

Join a club or team to help build your social network, resume, and scholarship opportunities. The quality, not the quantity, of your involvement is most important, so choose something you like to do, be active, and seek leadership positions.

Research Careers

Complete a career inventory at CareerBridge.wa.gov or CollegeBoard.org to research potential pathways. BigFuture.org and ReadySetGrad.org are helpful search engines to begin finding colleges that match your interests.

Visit College Campuses

Pierce County has many two- and four-year options to start exploring.Virtual college fairs and campus tours are available. Contact your Career Guidance Specialist for more information on programs offered and where to sign up.
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CONNECT TO THE RESOURCES & PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP YOU STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GOALS

Meet with Support Staff

They can connect you to college and career support, internships, scholarship and financial aid information, and test prep help. Remember, their job is to support you.

Develop Strong Relationships

Get to know faculty, staff, advisors, and mentors. A strong relationship can help secure reference letters or recommendations for school, scholarship, and job opportunities. Let them get to know you and share your goals with them.

Make a Plan for Summer

A summer job or internship will help you explore careers and develop skills. Go to TacomaLearns.org for more information and opportunities.

Explore a career, earn credit, and gain workplace skills through the Next Move Internship Program.

SMART Goals for Success

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals are established using a specific set of criteria that ensures your objectives are attainable within a certain time frame. Here are three to get you started:

Are You a College Bound Scholar?

This scholarship provides tuition at public college rates for two- and fouryear colleges and technical schools in Washington. Talk to your counselor for more information.