What Can I Do with This Major or Degree?

Learn how to apply your major to specific career areas, what types of employers are hiring for different majors, and strategies for breaking into particular fields. Remember, your major does not always determine your career. Professionals use their education in a variety of fields. Be sure to explore a variety of resources as you research possible career paths.



Virtual College Fair

Students, visit www.collegefairsonline.com to check out many of the colleges in your area!

This service is COMPLETELY FREE. Each “booth” will include information about the school and offer a chat time to talk with school representatives.

Go to:

  • the student link on the website
  • register for the virtual college fair
  • select the Northeastern fair
  • learn about nearby college programs

Source:: http://chs.ccps.us/2016/04/virtual-college-fair-april-11th-16th/

Juniors 8 Ways to Prep for College Applications over Spring Break

Spring break can be a prime time to prep for a standout college application, and prevent stress closer to application deadlines. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.

prepping for college apps during spring break

Start Drafting Your College List

Do some soul searching over spring break to figure out what you want from your prospective colleges. Is your best fit college known for its chemistry department? Does it host a thriving theater scene? Talking to a college counselor about your dreams and goals can help you identify what’s important to you as you make your preliminary college list.

College Road Trip

A college website or brochure is no substitute for talking with actual students, visiting the science labs, sitting in on lectures, or grabbing lunch in the cafeteria. Make a plan to tour some of the schools that you are considering, and see if any of them could feel like home.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Colleges want to know what you do with your spare time so that they can get a sense of who you are. This Spring Break try something new or investigate a career goal or study interest. Are you destined for a life in medicine? Shadow an RN for the week or volunteer for a local organization. Prove to colleges that your commitment to extracurricular activities isn’t tied to the school calendar.

Brainstorm for Your Application Essays

The 2016-17 Common App essay prompts are out. Plan topics for your personal statements by reflecting on the activities you care about. What are the aspects of your background, personality, and interests that make you unique? Who are the people who have influenced you? What experiences have challenged you?

Prep for the ACT or SAT

Whether you try some practice questions, review geometry concepts, or take a prep course, you’ll thank yourself later if you study now! Improving your score by a hundred points on the SAT or even one point on the ACT can significantly boost your chances of admission at many schools.

Look into Financial Aid

Cast a wide net in your search for grants and scholarships. Dedicate some time this break to researching scholarships, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Pick Your Senior Year Classes

Yes, your classes and grades still matter your senior year. Choosing honors and AP classes when you can shows schools that you are serious about college-level work.  Plus, high scores on AP exams can help you graduate college early and save you money on tuition.

Make Summer Plans

Summer counts! Whether you take a job as a camp counselor, practice your Spanish in Guatemala, or prep for the ACT/SAT, your summer activities can strengthen your overall application.

Adapted from the Princeton Review

Important Information for Future Engineers!

Germanna Community College is offering Engineering Courses this Summer that could be just right for you!


The classes below are ideal entry level classes for students coming out of high school (or even for rising seniors) who are interested in engineering. There is still time to take your placement tests and enroll, but don’t delay! Contact Kimberly at 540 834 1961 or email kviarella@germanna.edu.


EGR 110:  Engineering Graphics has no pre-requisites.  The instructor we have this summer is very experienced and very good.  He will be gone for two weeks near the end of the term, at which point the class will temporarily go online.  We can make the lab and computers available during that time for students who prefer to work on campus.

Course #

Class #









  EGR 110-F01





1:30PM- 2:55PM





  EGR 110-F01L




3:00PM- 4:00PM





EGR 120:  Introduction to Engineering has a math pre-requisite that many high school students may have met.  They’ll need to take our placement test, and demonstrate that they are ready for MTH 173, which means they have completed pre-calculus with trigonometry.  That class will be face-to-face all summer, and also has a very good instructor.

COREQUISITE: MTH 164 or PREREQUISITE: Completed MTH 115 or MTH 166

Course #

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  EGR 120-F01





11:00AM- 1:00PM





Both classes are required for the Germanna Community College Associate in Science in Engineering, and also transfer to universities.  They would make a good jump-start on an engineering degree whether here or elsewhere.

What is it like being a deejay on the radio?

What’s it like being a deejay on the radio?

Want to see how radio works?

Then come to…

TWO SESSIONS!  Pick one…

July 13-17 OR July 20-24, 2015 at WGMU George Mason University’s Campus Radio Station For Students in Grades 6-12

WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment!

  • Read these two articles about our camp:
  • Inside NOVA
  • Mason News
  • Students will get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcast around the world from our web site!
  • Students will learn from broadcast professionals how radio works!
  • Students will also learn how to write and produce a commercial and newscast.
  • A field trip to an area radio station will give students a “behind the scenes” look at radio.
  • Dates and times: July 13-17 and July 20-24, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

Cost: $280.00 per camper (make check payable to WGMU).

Click here for the registration form.

For more information, contact:

Rodger Smith e-mail: rsmith6@gmu.edu

Nursing Explorers Camps

Has your rising 6th, 7th or 8th grader shown an interest in a career in health care? The Bon Secours Virginia Health System’s Nursing Explorers Camps is a fun and educational opportunity for students to learn about the exciting pace of the medical field. This annual camp is designed to encourage the children’s passion for health care. Special guests, experiments and projects allow students a chance to experience life inside the hospital and the determination and dedication necessary to do the job. Applications are open to students who haven’t attended Nursing Explorers Camps in the past.

Richmond: July 20-24, 2015
Hampton Roads: July 13–17, 2015

Contact: Samantha Kennedy at 804-559-0647 or 804-517-0824

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camp Fee: $100 due upon acceptance (includes lunch, snacks, supplies)

Program registration is first come, first served.

Here’s how to register:

Email: bsv-varnexpcamp@bshsi.org with the following information to begin the registration process:

  • Camper name
  • Grade entering in fall 2015
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Phone number
  • Location desired

Registration fee: $100 (Scholarship opportunities available, please contact coordinator if interested)

All campers are required to have a TB Test administered by their physician prior to attending camp.

A New Career Resource

The  CareerOneStop website offers streamlined access to key resources and tools for job seekers, businesses, veterans, students, workers with disabilities, older workers, workers with criminal convictions, and more. The site is fully mobile-ready—meaning it automatically adjusts to fit smartphone or tablet screens.

Check out the new CareerOneStop at www.CareerOneStop.org. Learn more from the What can CareerOneStop do for you? video or get started at one of the six main sections:

• Explore Careers—Get quick access to occupation details as well as information on self-assessments, career planning, and more

• Find Training—Find local training programs as well as information on training options, certifications, licenses, financial aid, and more

• Job Search—Using CareerOneStop’s newly enhanced Job Search, find job listings updated daily from US.jobs, America’s Job Exchange, CareerBuilder, and Indeed, along with tips on networking, resumes, interviews, and more

• Local Help—Use the American Job Center Finder and nearly a dozen additional tools to easily locate and find contact information for local workforce services across the United States

• The Toolkit—Find all of CareerOneStop’s online tools—more than three dozen in all

• Resources for—Use CareerOneStop’s targeted resources for veterans, businesses, people with criminal records, laid-off workers, career professionals, workers with disabilities, and others

You’ll find more information including brochures on CareerOneStop, Veterans ReEmployment, Business Center, and Web Services. You can access printable brochures and more materials—in English and Spanish—at www.CareerOneStop.org/Outreach.

Love Dogs?

I was asked yesterday, “Mrs. Hummer, what type of career can I have working with dogs?” What a great question. There are many pathways with this one. Making a career choice that you will be happy with is not easy. There are many things to consider before you can really make the right choice for yourself. Of course there are practical matters, such as educational requirements, that should influence the decision you make. However, choosing a career that will allow you to do something you enjoy is very important. Back to dogs! There are many choices available to you that will allow you to combine a career with the love you feel for these wonderful animals!

Professions in the Sport of Purebred Dogs          

  • Handler
  • Judge
  • Show Superintendent
  • Professional Field Trialers
  • AKC Staff

Service Professions

  • Groomer
  • Trainer
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Dog Sitter
  • Dog Walker
  • Boarding Kennels

Retail Professions

  • Dog Food and Pet Accessories
  • Novelty Items
  • Pet Supply Stores

Health Care Professions

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician/Assistant
  • Veterinary Science and Research

Law Enforcement Professions

  • Animal Control Officer/Humane Officer
  • Animal Shelter Staff
  • Police/Military K-9 Units

Artistic Professions

  • Writer
  • Photographer

For more detailed information about specific dog-related careers and jobs, contact these organizations:


  • Professional Handlers Association 17017 Norbrook Drive Olney, MD 20832 301-924-0089
  • National Dog Groomers Association of America P.O. Box 101 Clark, PA 16113 724-962-2711 www.nationaldoggroomers.com
  • Animal Behavior Society Indiana University 2611 East 10th St. 170 Bloomington, IN 47408-2603 812-856-5541 www.animalbehavior.org
  • American Veterinary Medical Association 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100 Schaumburg, IL 60173 847-925-8070 www.avma.org
  • National Animal Control Association P.O. Box 480851 Kansas City, MO 64148 www.nacanet.org
  • Professional Photographers of America 229 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 2200 Atlanta, GA 30303 1-800-786-6277 www.ppa.com
  • The Graphic Artists Guild 90 John St., Suite 403 New York, NY 10038 1-800-500-2672 www.gag.org

Maritime Career Pathways

Students: Career Pathways

There are many ways you can enter the maritime and transportation industry and build a rewarding, well-paying career!

If you are in high school…
You can enroll in dual enrollment courses that will allow you to earn credits for college while completing high school graduation requirements! Talk with your guidance counselor and/or your high school career coach to learn what courses you should take now and if your local community college offers DE instruction in maritime and transportation industry related areas such as welding, electricial, and machining.

If you have graduated high school…
You have several options for pursuing a career in the maritime and transportation agency after graduating from high school or earning your GED. You could:
1. apply to enter the workforce directly as an entry-level worker, making a good hourly wage and benefits
2. apply to be part of a registered apprenticeship program that provides you with full-time work including a salary and benefit while you learn a trade under the supervision of an experienced craft mentor, and take college coursework. Apprentices can often earn college credit for their apprentice-related instruction (ARI) and are frequently promoted to supervisory positions more quickly than entry-level workers.
3. take industry-related courses at a local community college

If you are taking community college courses…
Ask a counselor or career coach for industry-validated courses offered at your college to gain skill training in high-demand job areas as well as the opportunity to test and earn industry certification in specific skills areas.




Welcome Back!!!!

Welcome back!!  Some important things are happening this week.

  • Jan 9th is the last day to register for the ACT test date of Feb7.  So register now !
  • A representative from Germanna’s apprenticeship program will be here in the career center on Jan 7th @ 10 am to take about how to get involved in Apprenticeships at Germanna Community College.  I hope to see some of you.  Sign up in the School Counseling office or see me.
  • Many deadlines are fast approaching.  Have you made a plan and set goals to accomplish and meet those deadlines???  Sign up to see me and let us get it done!!