Michigan 4-H members use career assessments to plan post-secondary education

Youth can use their 4-H experience and a career assessment to explore and plan for post-secondary education.

For career preparation, the projects and programs Michigan 4-H members are involved in can lead the identification of their career paths. Different careers require different levels of post-secondary education (education after high school) such as a certificate or license, a 2-year degree or Associate’s degree, and a 4-year degree or Bachelor’s degree. Michigan 4-H members can apply skills learned from their participation in 4-H projects and programs in a career assessment to plan for post-secondary education and their career.

Career assessments are tools designed to help guide a person in the direction of a career field. Several career assessments are available and several can be used free-of-charge. Some schools also have resources to help youth learn more about their career interests. After completing and receiving the results of a career assessment, taking action steps is important for youth to confirm their interests in their proposed career path and post-secondary plans.

Here are some steps youth can take to explore post-secondary options from a career assessment:

Collect information on post-secondary training
To gather information on post-secondary education, investigate what post-secondary training is needed for success in the field, then search out schools that offer the training in that career path. Once the post-secondary institutions are identified, take the initiative to send e-mails or make phone calls to admissions counselors requesting more information. Also, take the time to arrange campus visits to observe campus life, learn about the requirements for admission and financial aid, and visit with faculty and students.

Participate in precollege programs
Check with different trade schools, colleges and universities to find out if there are precollege programs related to the student’s career field of interest. Precollege programs can span a single day, or they can run for two weeks or more; there’s a lot of variation depending on the depth and resources of the program. Some are overnight programs, enabling students to reside in the dorms during their participation. The overnight programs provide a campus-based living experience.

Precollege programs often offer hands-on training in different college majors or career fields, enriching the participant’s experience. Michigan State University offers precollege programs through the Spartan Youth Programs.

Michigan 4-H Youth Development also offers precollege programs: 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, 4-H Capitol Experience and 4-H Discovery Camp.

Participation in Michigan 4-H provides a foundation for youth to learn about their skills. Help 4-H members learn how their skills can prepare them for their future.

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