Education Career Center

Our Mission: The Education Career Center is committed to providing our students, alumni, and industry partners with career planning and development services.

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Taking a online career assessment can help you determine what type of career is a good fit for you. You can explore your passions and discover what careers align with your personal values!

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You should now have a clear picture of your career interests- ones that align with your personal skills, traits, and attributes. Next, consider the various careers options in the industry and think about the living wages you desire. For example, a typical salary for a childcare worker might be $25,000-$30,000 while a typical salary for a public school teacher or program administrator might be $50,000-$75,000. Which avenue is right for you? To reach the level you desire, take the necessary steps to grow professionally.

Pay attention to your GPA. If you have a GPA of less than 3.0, you should strive to raise that GPA to where it is above a 3.0. Students with a GPA of at least a 3.0 are becoming critical thinkers and preparing themselves for more education in the future. Most graduate schools require a GPA of at least a 3.0 for students to be accepted into an education program. Our Alternative Route to Teacher Certification Program (ARC) here at Charter Oak State College requires that students have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be accepted. So, if you think you may want to go on to public school teaching, now is the time to pay attention to your GPA.
As you work through your various courses, you will want to form relationships with your instructors with whom you feel would be an important professional connection.  Consider asking for a Letter of Recommendation from your instructors when you are graduating. Or, ask an instructor that you have established a relationship with if you could use her/him/them for a reference when you apply for your next job or for graduate school.
Have you set some short term AND long-term goals for yourself? If you do not have goals, then how are you going to succeed? If you do not want to be on this career journey alone, the best thing to do is to create a SMART goal for your own professional development.  Don’t forget to share your goals with others. As a student in higher education, you should be saying to yourself. ‘My professional growth is my responsibility, and I am going to do what I can to let others know so that they can support me’. Of course, this statement without the work is not going to move you far along, but with the right work ethic, you can achieve anything you want to when it comes to a career in education.

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Career Center Hours; Monday-Friday 10:00AM - 4:00PM ET

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