Mark Cruver – How to Go About Choosing a Career You Like

Ask any fourth grader what career they would like to pursue and chances are you will get plenty of answers – lawyer, doctor, nurse, soldier, fireman. If you move on up to high school students, they will probably have a couple of options to provide. At the college level, a student might be pursuing a specific major, but it’s possible that some will tell you they are not sure of their career path.

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If you want to settle into a career you’ll find satisfying, here’s how to go about it.

Self-assessment

Every individual is different. We all have different aspirations, values, interests and talents. Determine what you like and are good at, and start from this personal assessment. Students who engage career counselors like Mark Cruver benefit by having a knowledgeable professional guide them through the process.

List potential careers

After assessing your strengths and weaknesses, it should be clear which types of careers you are best suited for. It’s not possible to go after each, so the list helps you narrow down to the most suitable options. Take the time to learn about each option, and collect as many details about each career option as you can.

Make adjustments

After you’ve learned about each career, eliminate those that don’t interest you anymore. You essentially want to narrow down to two options so you can better focus your goals to making either of them work for you. Depending on the career you choose, it will likely require training. At this point, it will be easier to choose a college course based on what you’ve identified on as a suitable career to pursue.

Mark Cruver has worked as an independent educational consultant since starting Capstone Educational Consultant.

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Mark Cruver – How to Nail Your College Essay

Mark Cruver, an independent educational consultant, has counseled many students on the college admissions process. Submitting a college essay is one of the requirements during this process, and it’s something that can help an admissions officer make a decision in favor of a student. The following tips show you how to make sure your college essay wows the admissions personnel.
Make it personal

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Don’t worry too much about finding the perfect topic and focus more on making sure the reader gets to know the real you by the time they reach the last sentence. Let the topic grow more out of inner reflection, with the theme growing with each statement. Additionally, think about how the essay enhances the application as a whole by sharing information about yourself that is not mentioned elsewhere in the application.

Keep it brief and concise
As alluded to in the previous point, keep to what you know. The topic doesn’t have to be life changing or extreme. Keep it personal – what you know and the values that are important to you. Don’t be too plain, on the other hand. Let it be short and to the point. Admissions officers want some insight into you, so take enough time to prepare your essay. And don’t forget to proofread.

Your opportunity to shine
Many students have sleepless nights about the college essay, but you don’t have to. Try and keep to the required number of words. Going beyond demonstrates an inability to follow instructions, and many admissions officers have limited time reading the essays.

Mark Cruver is the founder of Capstone Educational Consultants. He is a member of the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA).