Post-Secondary Planning


Guidance personnel ensure that students and families are aware of the range of programs available, and have the opportunity to explore career options and plan for and make informed choices regarding their post-secondary pathways.


Role of the School Counselor in Post-Secondary Planning

With variations depending on the needs of the school community, the school counselor's role in terms of academic planning often includes: 

  • implementing a college and career readiness program as part of a comprehensive guidance and school counseling plan, developed in collaboration with administration, teachers, staff, families, and external partners.
  • encouraging student participation in challenging coursework and relevant learning opportunities.
  • helping students explore postsecondary options including college and career choices.
  • facilitating the college application process.
  • engaging parents in educational and career planning for their children.
  • cultivating skills and habits necessary for student success in school, community and the world of work.
  • helping students connect the link between present efforts and future success.
  • helping students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers. 
  • facilitating school-wide activities (i.e., Career Day) and guidance lessons related to career planning across all grades (kindergarten through twelfth grade). 
  • using career interest inventory for middle schools and high schools.
  • communicating scholarship, financial aid, and other college opportunities to families. 
  • organizing college visits, college fairs, service learning opportunities, as well as financial aid workshops.
  • explaining the military recruitment opt-out and the FAFSA completion project/National Student Clearinghouse opt-out
  • connecting students to teen employment opportunities.


Career Planning

School counselors use career development activities (kindergarten through twelfth grade) and career planning tools in order to help students connect short-term and long-term goals.

  • CareerZone, NYS Department of Labor, offers an online career exploration and planning system designed especially for youth in New York State.
  • new! My Next Move, a site created by the American Job Center network - a collaboration of several federal agencies, features a convenient online career interest inventory and other career exploration tools.
Additional career planning tools are available (here) at the Guidance Portal.  


College Resources

School counselors facilitate the college application process, and advise families at every step:

  • NYC College Line, a site created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, NYC DOE, and Goddard Riverside, helps students, parents, and college advisors to manage post-secondary planning from exploration to graduation.
College Fairs:
  • The 2014-2015 College Fair Calendar can be accessed at the HESC Website.
  • new! The Big Apple College Fair in sponsorship with the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) will be hosted on Saturday, October 25th from 1 PM--4 PM at the Jacob Javits Center, Hall 1A.  A flyer is available (here).

Extensive college resources are available (here) at the Guidance Portal.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

School counselors communicate scholarship and financial aid opportunities to families through post-secondary guidance lessons, school-based college newsletters, and school websites.
  • new! CUNY is pleased to announce an important partnership with TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation.  DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates at CUNY  and who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval could be eligible for college scholarships of up to $25,000 to help cover tuition for two-year or four-year degrees.  Further details are available here.  To help promote the scholarship, posters are available in EnglishChinese, Korean, and Spanish.  The scholarship deadline is October 26th. ------------- ----------- ------------
  • U.S. Department of Education provides Federal Student Aid resources including the FAFSA application.
  • FinAid offers scholarship search databases.
  • new! Point Foundation Scholarships are open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial help for undergraduate or graduate school. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement and financial need.  Applications are only accepted online here. 

A list of financial aid and scholarship resources is available (here). 



Employment Opportunities for Students  

School counselors connect students to employment opportunities:

  • NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) website explains how to apply for civil service exams administered by the City of New York, and includes the official exam schedule, starting salaries, job descriptions, and required education and work experience for each job title.
  • Summer Youth Employment Program is made available through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.
  • Information on obtaining working papers/teen employment certificates is available (here).  For school information on ordering working papers, please visit the Principals' Portal.
Additional student employment opportunities are available (here).