Adult workers often talk about professional development or continuing education units and the associated costs, benefits or requirements for some professions. However, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone reference high school students who prepare for college as undergoing professional development. But that is exactly what it is! There are costs associated and benefits to be had through professional preparation for college whether you do it yourself or hire a professional.
On the academic side, PSAT/SAT/ACT prep courses are all a form of professional development. Parents invest significant dollars in order for their son or daughter to increase their score potential. The investment is not a guarantee, but it enhances the probability. So it is important to plan wisely and get the biggest bang for your buck. When I am asked by parents or students, “When do we start,” I always say, “Middle school.” When the shock wears off, we get down to business and begin to plan from where they are at that moment. But here is a tip for getting the best outcome with the end in mind.
Create a calendar that targets test dates and work backward. Identify the necessary enrollment date and get registered on time to avoid late fees or missed application dates for colleges. Using these dates, work backward again and identify the necessary time frame to participate in a prep course or private tutoring so that you have time to take practice tests and target areas needing improvement. That’s how to get the biggest bang for the buck! While this only targets test dates, ultimately, you have already marked your calendar with application dates and can pace yourself accordingly. Break it down and create a focus.
The world of work has changed radically over the last 5 years and it is more important than ever that everyone look at ways in which they can enhance their own marketability. In order to do that, adults, college students and high school students need to look at professional development with a new perspective. How can you invest in yourself, your loved ones or your employees to enhance marketability or job performance? Need help? Click here to contact me for more information regarding your own professional development.