How to visit a College Fair…

The College Fair for El Dorado Union High School District is coming up on October 2nd. Haven’t been to a fair before? Here are some tips so you get the most out of your evening!

1. Be organized! Map out which schools you want to touch base with and locate them on the College Fair map.

2. Be bold – introduce yourself to the rep with a smile and a handshake. Small private schools or out-of-state colleges use regional reps, so the hand you shake may be the one that reviews your application.

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3. Ask questions!

Be sensitive to the huge lines of people waiting to talk to reps – make your moment count by asking good questions, but not wasting time.

DON’T ask general questions such as “what majors do you offer” – rather look at their brochure or website to get generic information

DO ask questions that are specific to you and your needs

Write your questions down so that you won’t forget them in the flurry of the moment

4. Gather Information – use the fair as a way to educate yourself about the college process – selection, college opportunities, specialty programs.

Listen to other’s questions and the answers they are given

Attend breakout sessions

6. Explore!

Visit schools you are interested in, but ALSO visit ones you know nothing about

When you get home, divide brochures into 3 piles: yes, no, and maybe. Toss the ‘no’s, and revisit the ‘maybe’s’ at a later date to either keep or toss.


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Are You a Hands-On Learner?

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American River College has some amazing Career Tech Education (CTE) programs, including AutoArt/New Media, Fashion, Respiratory Care, Paramedic and many more.

Check out all their offerings HERE and see your school’s Career Center for more information and help getting registered.

Regional College Fair

Don’t miss the Regional College Fair at Union Mine School on October 2nd, 2017. There will be 4-year and 2-year Colleges and Universities as well as Military Reps. Come by and check it out. Here’s a look at last year’s event:

Breaking up…with your job

Knowing when it’s time to leave a job can be simple – you’ve found another job that pays better, or it matches your career goals.  But sometimes it’s more complicated. Maybe your boss is unreasonable. Or maybe you’re spending most of your paycheck on gas. Before you decide, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is this a temporary problem? How will things look in a week? A month? Try to give it some time!
  • What can you do differently to help change things?
  • Do you have another job lined up?  This is key if you are responsible for paying bills.


If you decide to leave, you need a plan. Giving two-week’s notice is usually expected and will help you with future job references. So if you already have another job lined up, make sure to account for this.

Tell your boss in person…this is not the time for a text! Let them know why you’re leaving in the nicest way possible – don’t burn your bridges by being negative. Even the worst jobs have something to teach you, so be humble and kind and leave on a good note.

Be sure to record your work starting and ending dates on your resume – and if you don’t have a resume, now is the time to start one.

Why work?

Working during HS prepares you for Life Beyond High School.

  • Build experience in the REAL world.
  • Connect with adults who can connect you with opportunities for your future.
  • Earn money for college, or to start out on your own.


Find work in your area of interest if possible. It will give you insight into the field, and possibly help you decide if you’re headed in a direction that will fulfill you.

Don’t over-commit your time. Employers are paying you and they have expectations. Before you decide to get a job, be sure you can juggle the demands of work, school & other activities.

Who can work?

  • Age 14+
  • GPA 2.0+
  • Get a work permit in the Career Center.

No stress.

Welcome to a new school year! And for seniors, the last year of high school, woot! For those of you worried about all the stuff to do during senior year, let’s reduce that stress a little. You’ve probably taken care of most of this already.
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  • If you’re not sure about the a-g thing, talk to your counselor asap to fix your schedule.
  • If you’ve already taken an ACT or SAT, then no worries. If not, register here: ACT / SAT
  • Develop a list of colleges you might apply to. Include safety and reach schools.
  • Questions? Visit the Career Center!

Upcoming dates (just so you won’t worry):

  • October 2, 2017: College Fair and Financial Aid Night at UMHS.
  • FAFSA opens Oct 1.
  • CSU application opens Oct 1.
  • UC application is open now, can be submitted Nov 1-30.