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>>>>>> FEATURE EDUCATION, TRAVEL OR WORK? The discussion about post-secondary plans begins for BC students as they enter grade 10 and the graduation program, but as the end of secondary school approaches that discussion becomes real and serious. While some grade 12 students have already chosen and applied to their top post-secondary institutions before Christmas, many barely slip in under the deadline. Ignoring the future and taking each day as it comes will lead to missed opportunities. So even if the thought of leaving secondary education and into adulthood is scary, it's important for counsellors to work with graduating students and help them prepare for their future. Going to University, College or Trade School? * Encourage students to create an account at www.applybc.ca and streamline into 16 BC post-secondary institutions. * Make sure students set up an account on the Ministry of Education secure website at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/ tsw/student and select PSIs for transcript distribution. * Have students create a profile on www.yconic.com (formerly Student Awards) for scholarship applications. * Check for entrance scholarship deadlines at specific post-secondary institutions in their financial awards information. * Don't forget about deadlines for applying into student housing; earlier is better and this is usually a separate application from applying to the institution as a student. * Keep transcripts current and check for accuracy. * Always look up pre-requisites for entrance into programs. * Advertise parent days and other special event days at local institutions to students and their parents, and encourage them to become familiar with post-secondary institutions by visiting and touring. * Arrange a school group to tour one or more post-secondary institution including the residences. * Attend counsellor days at local post-secondary institutions and get to know the university and college recruiters. Ask them questions and stay in touch. An important step in choosing a post-secondary education is becoming familiar with the institution choices; things that make each unique and the right place for the student. All institutions welcome visitors but differ widely in options 14 from providing a fully paid weekend retreat for prospective students and  their  parents to offering short tours at prescheduled times. Putting students in touch with advisors at post-secondary institutions can help them get answers to detailed questions about courses and programs. There are a variety of services a secondary student can access before enrolling at a post-secondary institution, from library research help to career counselling depending on the institution and personnel availability. Getting parents involved in discussions with their child about post-secondary choices is important for them as a family. There are some potential landmines that counsellors can help families avoid through some DO and DON'T reminders, such as: * DO keep an open mind about where your child is thinking of attending. Remember, this is his or her life and the postsecondary institution must be a good fit and not just your alma mater. You want your child to be happy and comfortable wherever he or she chooses to attend. * DO have an honest conversation about how much you can afford to pay and how much would have to come from other sources such as scholarships, bursaries, grants, student loans and/or a part-time job on the part of your child. * DO ask other parents who have been through this process with their child. * DO visit institutions with your child. Take notes about the campus and use your notes when you and your child discuss various post-secondary options. * Do some online searching for reviews of post-secondary institutions. Try a website such as www.globecampus.ca/ navigator2 to compare campuses. * DON'T take as gospel what institutions say about themselves either in person or online. Remember, everyone has an opinion and we need to filter through many opinions to find our own information. This also goes for the opinions other parents may have about an institution. * DON'T think that the choice of a post-secondary institution will form the rest of your child's life. * DON'T discourage your child from applying to several institutions. Making an informed choice begins with options and being accepted to more than one institution challenges your child to do some research for making a decision. * DO remember that the final choice of institution belongs to your child. BC Counsellor | Spring/Summer 2015 | www.bcschoolcounsellor.com http://www.applybc.ca http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/ http://www.yconic.com http://www.globecampus.ca/ http://www.bcschoolcounsellor.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
The Fine Print
Book Review
Counsellor Corner
The Savvy Social Media School Counsellor
Education, Travel or Work?
The Role of School Counsellor
5 Tips for Keeping Notes
Index to Advertisers

BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015