Quiz: Which Career Fits You?

It is never too early to start thinking about your future.  First of all, congratulations on deciding to think about your education and possible career path.  The following quiz should help you reflect on your talents and abilities. Please don’t over think the questions too much. There is no right answer only an honest one, and  choosing a career should not be that difficult.

 

1) The teacher assigns a group project, and asks for the class to get in to teams you:

A) Stare at your paper, you don’t like these things, you prefer individual work

B) Are very thrilled, you already know who are the team players and called them out before anyone does

C) Look at your friend, and share glances with your other good friends, there is nothing like working but also playing

 

2) When working in a team project you are more likely to be assigned:

A) The research, your team knows how much you enjoy reading and writing and believes this position comes easy for you

B) Team leader, you enjoy being a part of the process and like when you have responsibilities

C) The creativity, you enjoy working with your hands and are a free spirit, people like having you around because of the way you see things

 

3) Your study area can be described as:

A) Very neat, your computer is your study area, portable and reliable

B) An above average desk, followed with a white board for notes and endless supply of postits

C) Flexible, you study where you feel inspired; one day you feel like the park, your bed or the kitchen

 

4) When you need help or need a question answered, you:

A) Google it, the Internet has all the answers

B) Debate it, you feel strongly about issues and to get the most out of a question you feel the need to mention every point possible and make the respondent really think about the answer

C) Feel comfortable asking, you enjoy personal interaction and personal opinions, for you there is no wrong answers only bad listeners

 

5) If your friends could identify you with a TV show character it would be:

A) Alex from Modern Family

B) Robin from How I Met Your Mother

C) Jess from The New Girl

 

Mostly A’s THE SCIENTIST

You are observant and like to think that you have all answers to all questions. You enjoy experiments but appreciate more individual work; you feel that with teamwork people can take credit for your work.  You like to give yourself challenges and you are your worst critic. Even if you are number one in the class, you need to be number one in the school and so on. Friends like having you around because they feel they can understand math or science better when you are around.

People with these personality traits tend to study: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Web Development…

 

Mostly B’s THE MANAGER

You are, what your friends would say…bossy, and you love it. You like being in charge, in control but most of all you like responsibility. You enjoy signing up for extra curricular activities, but not always go for just Team Member role. You feel strongly about leadership and believe that you can do something that will change the world one day. Being informed on news and political issues is part of your everyday breakfast. Your friends like having you around because you are determined and make weekend plans a much more efficient thing.

People with these personality traits tend to study: Business, Law, Public Relations, Marketing, Economics…

 

Mostly C’s THE ARTIST

You are a free spirited, you enjoy going with the flow. You like being surrounded with things and people that inspire you. Your friends can describe you as goofy and they know that your choice in clothing can be unpredictable. You seem to have an open mind and are very positive about new things and people. You enjoy working with your hands. You are an enemy to routines and are curious.

People with these personality traits tend to study: Advertising, Photography, Interior Design, Architecture, Fashion…

Road to Success: Internships

With the tough economy and competitive job market, more and more high school and college students are turning to internships to get that extra experience. Internships are also a great way to network and make connections with different people.  There are two types of internships: physical (on location) and virtual (work from home).  But which type is better or are they both equally beneficial?

Virtual Internships

Pro: They are often more flexible

Con: There sometimes is not as many mentoring or networking opportunities

Current college students with internship experience were asked about their views on virtual internships and whether they were any better or worse than physical internships. The overwhelming response was that virtual interns’ schedules are generally more flexible- so flexible that they often have time for more than one internship. However, at the same time because virtual interns do not meet in person with their supervisors, communication can be more of a problem and it can be difficult to network with coworkers.

Some responses from college students:

“Virtual internships give you more independence and not as much mentoring as on location internships. For virtual internships you also have to organize your time wisely and respectively and wait for online advice from your supervisors. It is very doable and rewarding.” Laura Werthmann

“Virtual internships give you that freedom to have more than one internship or job at a time. For example, I’m working full time for a campaign, but I’m also a virtual intern for Latinitas and the Independent Voter Network.  Both virtual and physical internships are just as rewarding though- you just have to balance your time wisely” Gabriella Marie Landeros

“I am currently doing three different virtual internships. This is my first time doing virtual internships and I admit I actually do like virtual internships over physical location internships. Sometimes it depends on where your internship will take place, but since I have had several other internships where I had to physically go to work I enjoy working from home and school. The only down part about virtual internships is that you have to schedule the time to sit down and do all your duties. I work on-campus part-time in a department and go to school full-time, but once I am done with all my work duties and school work, I dedicate the rest of time to my virtual internships. We communicate with the entire team and the bosses via emails, Skype, phone and text.” Shanette D. Buford-Brazzell

“Virtual internship do provide a little of independence and freedom, but they also force you to learn how to communicate a lot better. For example, without the communication skills you need for a virtual internship, it would be really hard to pitch article ideas and suggestions without having an interactive, personal conversation. They are incredibly beneficial for anyone wanting to learn how to better their personal skills in whatever work they may be pursuing, and also in instilling independence and self-guidance as well as strong communication skills.” Mary Ruiz, high school student.

Physical Internships

Pro: There is more direction and it is often easier to network

Con: There is not as much flexibility

Although physical internships are not as flexible as virtual internships and often do require a set weekly schedule (and transportation!), there are usually more opportunities to make new connections and to develop more of a relationship with supervisors and coworkers. Plus, you can get more of a feel for the work environment to see if that career path is right for you!

Responses on physical internships: 

“Physical internships are great because you get to meet new people, and network easier, and become a little more involved in behind the scenes action.” Laura Werthmann, St. Edwards University graduate

“I had a virtual internship last year that I learned from, but definitely would have gotten more out of it had it been at a physical location…On the other hand, I’m currently a virtual intern at iAcquire, an SEO company that I worked at physically in NYC this summer.  This experience has been just as rewarding as when I was in the office because…I’m doing a lot of independent work. However, this is possible because I started in the office and was taught a lot in person for the first few weeks of my internship before I was able to do everything on my own without having to consult with people.  So overall I would definitely say that having an internship in a physical location is better.” Amanda Gallucci

Overall, both virtual and physical internships have their own pros and cons. They both provide great experience so go get those internships, Latinitas!

College Money Tree

Paying for college may be more nerve-racking than opening college admission letters! Speaking from experience, it is a trial and error process that cannot be avoided in order to reduce or eliminate college debt.  With a wide range of scholarship opportunities available, it is entirely possible to throw out the saying “money doesn’t grow on trees” and create your own money tree.

Follow these tips towards creating your own money tree:

1. Fill out your FAFSA!
Start from the root of all financial aid by completing your FAFSA form. “Fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can! The earlier you submit it the better. It’s super easy,” excitedly exclaims Cassandra Barraza, a 20-year-old college student at the University of Texas at El Paso. The hardest part of filling out the FAFSA is sitting down to do it. The entire process takes approximately 20 minutes to fill out, but it is easy since each question has a helpful tip. You only need your parents’ income taxes, it’s that simple. Even FAFSA understands the procrastination habits of students. They released a new IRS Data Retriever tool, which automatically retrieves information from your parents’ income taxes. Cool, right?

2. Tick-Tock, don’t waste time:
Avoid procrastination! Failure to search for financial aid sources will only lead to the worst case scenario, debt. Loans are the final alternative when personal funds are lacking. The more you neglect searching for scholarships and grants, the chances of missing out on opportunities to receive FREE money will increase. Yes, FREE MONEY! Search and apply early to reduce inadequate or poor essay responses, missed deadlines, and to relieve the stress of having to do everything in one sitting.

“Space it out, it’s better that way,” advises Cassandra. “It’s a long process, but it’s worth it. Start early and keep at it, just find the time to do it. There’s tons of stuff out there.” Apply to as many scholarships and grants as possible starting as early as your junior year in high school. For those who procrastinated on applying, take Cassandra’s advice and “apply, apply, apply! Just because you graduated doesn’t mean you missed the boat on scholarships. You can still apply as a college student to reduce debt.”

3. Research, research, research! Apply, apply, apply!
According to a  Sallie Mae and Ipsos report, 33% of student funding came from scholarships and grants. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid and the sheer amount of academic and non-academic scholarships there are can secure your college dreams. There are quirky and unique scholarships out there, like for vegetarians and  duct tape prom dresses.

Who does not like free stuff? No one!  Sign up for free services like Fastweb to see what scholarship, internship, and grant opportunities are out there.  In 2007 and 2008, the average student debt was $23, 186, which means several people have to pay close to $200 a month for student loans. The only definite way you will not receive any form of free aid is by not applying.  Any size scholarship can help. The less YOU pay the better, right?

4. Embrace your ethnicity and cultural heritage, apply to minority scholarships.
Minority scholarships are on the rise. The  Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of the largest supporters of making college dreams come true. Their comprehensive list of Hispanic scholarships and Latino College Dollars search engine are useful tools for creating your own money tree. Actually, you can practically create a forest by the sheer amount of scholarships they offer.

HSF.net offers educational tools and resources for families and students and they are not alone in ensuring Latinos achieve success in higher education.  Hispanicgrants.net and Chci.org/chciyouth also offer extensive resources for Latino students in high school and in college. The resources are available, take advantage of them. For a comprehensive list of the most popular Latino scholarships click HERE.

5. Most important tip of them all, create a financial aid plan.
In 2011, a College Board study found “public four-year universities charged residents an average of $8,244, up 8.3% from [2010], while public two-year schools charged an average of $2,963, up 8.7%.” Be smart with your money and form a realistic budget by managing your expenses, spend wisely, create a spending plan, sort your priorities, and, most importantly, manage your debt.  Avoid the ramen noodle college diet; be wise with your dinero.

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