Career Checklist for Students

9th Grade

  • Read through the CRLS course catalogue to determine what classes you would like to take. Consider your interests and areas that you would like to learn more about. Familiarize yourself with the classes and clubs that interest you.
  • Visit your guidance counselor to assess your talents and interests, and to map out a four-year career plan that will put you in the most challenging courses you can handle.
  • Research future educational opportunities and career fields that match your areas of interest.
  • Explore a variety of helpful career and college websites under Career Links for Students.

10th Grade

  • Pass the MCAS exam to fulfill high school graduation requirements and become eligible for cooperative work program.
  • Take a Career Interest Assessment. An interest assessment will help you identify your strongest work-related interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of careers, college majors or training options you want to explore. See Mrs. Garman in the RSTA Career Counseling Office Room (RM 1308-1309)
  • Draw up a list of college majors that interest you or careers that are of interest to you. Review your CRLS catalogue with these majors and interests in mind.
  • Take PSATs and discuss the results with your guidance counselor.
  • Look into volunteer work, after-school work, or clubs that are of interest to you. These are great activities to learn more about yourself and your talents, to meet others who have similiar interests, and to learn more about careers.

11th Grade

  • Review your PSAT results with your counselor and decide whether you would benefit from a SAT Prep course.
  • Identify the characteristics of a college or training program that matter to you:  consider geographic location, academic rigor, diversity, and college/technical majors or programs offered.
  • Make a list of schools to visit during spring break, summer, and fall. Some schools even help you to arrange an overnight at the school.
  • Register for the June SATs if you plan to apply early.
  • Find a summer job that will boost your skills and your savings.
  • Compile a resume of activities, honors, leadership positions, and jobs. Ms. Garman, RSTA's Career Counselor can assist you with this. (R1308-1309)
  • Look at several of the College and Career Guide Books available in the CRLS Library, the CCRC (A301), and in the RSTA Career Office. (R1308-1309)
  • Attend the CRLS College Fair. (October)

12th Grade

  • Read the DYK Newsletter daily for information on extra-curricular activities, programs, and scholarship information.
  • Firm up what you would like to do in the coming fall. Some choices are: college, a technical institute or college, a junior or two-year college, an apprenticeship training program, a specific training program, a full-time job, taking a year off to do an internship or program such as City Year, military service, or government service programs.
  • Make a time line and note the deadlines for tests, applications, and scholarship deadlines. Look into on-line applications posted on college web sites.  See if your colleges accept the common application.
  • If you want to take the SATs again, do so early. Information is available in the CCRC.
  • Attend the CRLS College Fair. (October)
  • File your FAFSA (financial aid form) after January 1.
  • See your counselors often for more information and assistance.