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The Counseling Profession

The College Board provides tools to help you — and your students — succeed

Counseling is more than just a job. You invest a great deal of time and energy in advising students, helping them realize their full potential and supporting them along the way.

As a school counselor, your job may range from advising students on meeting graduation requirements to working with students and families in crisis. You may also coordinate and direct all aspects of college placement and career guidance services, including how to:

Preparing students for college admission may be the focus of your job or only a small portion of it. You may be relatively new to the field, or you may have 20 years of experience. Whatever your situation, we offer resources to help.

Professional development

Your effectiveness in helping students is directly influenced by the access you have to timely, pertinent information.

If you're a relatively new counselor, we provide helpful basics for handling college admission essentials. We help you learn about schedules, deadlines, processes and options.

If you're a more experienced counselor, there are conferences, online events, professional workshops and publications that can keep you abreast of developments in your field.

Throughout the year, you'll find numerous opportunities to earn continuing education credits and attend national and regional events.

Information at your fingertips

There's never enough time or money to do everything you feel you should. In many schools, budget constraints strain the counselor-to-student ratio and may limit your ability to function at an optimum level. Our materials can help alleviate this concern and supplement your available resources.

You'll find instructions on how to write a school profile, and a sample to give you a better idea of what one looks like. We provide handouts, forms and checklists to help you get better organized. You'll even find tips about writing college recommendations.

To help you educate parents and students, we provide access to free online resources that can be shared. Use them to inform and instruct the families you work with, in all areas of the college admission process.

We also offer a variety of additional resources and informative materials to aid you in your professional endeavors.

Advocacy efforts

Counselors are critical to encouraging college success for all students. You're invited to work with us as we champion counselors in their role as advocates for equity, access and college success for all students. Our Advocacy program has been designed to focus on what you told us you need. The National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) is dedicated to furthering your profession and your interests. Join us.

In addition to the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and American School Counselor Association (ASCA) also provide information and tools for you and your students.

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