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I wanna be an admissions advisor

bigshaun493bigshaun493 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
edited November 2006 in College Confidential Cafe
I wanna be an admissions advisor? Do i need a degree? that is my passion. i love just to look at college catalogs and surf the net at college web sites..glad i found this....
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  • jPoDjPoD Posts: 2,524- Senior Member
    I'm actually thinking of being one as a side job. I've already helped several kids in school.
  • ohman442ohman442 Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
    yeah, i could see myself doing that too. everyone comes to me with questions because our guidance department sucks.

    haha, the head of the guidance department in my school (he went to Harvard and has been the head of guidance here for 20 years) was looking at my transcript and then asked me where I am applying to college. I told him Washington University in ST. Louis is my ED school. And he said "i've never heard of that. is it a 3rd or 4th tier school? i'm sure you could do better. have you looked at the University of Maine?"
    and i was like "well, people who aren't too informed about the college process probably haven't heard of it. it's on par with cornell and brown." i could've sworn that he was about to punch my face in.

    guidance counselors really aren't that great sometimes... but through CC i've learned so much that I could probably do better than the head of guidance in my school.
  • mikenthemaddog66mikenthemaddog66 Posts: 2,680Registered User Senior Member
    oohman you better be careful what you say. CC is only good for elite college admissions. Where do you sent someone who can't get into a state school? Answer that one, and then you can compare your knowledge to the head of guidance.
  • devaakidevaaki Posts: 388Registered User Member
    Agreed Mike. But back to the OP's point, I could become a pretty good CC, at least for kids aiming high. Well.. there aren't that many at my school, so nevermind.
  • leah377leah377 Posts: 3,834Registered User Senior Member
    Haha I'd be an awesome admissions counselor..I'm already prepping my friends who are juniors--they always run their preliminary lists by me and I've edited so many essays I'd be totally rich if I charged people.. :)
  • extemporaneousextemporaneous Posts: 403Registered User Junior Member
    ooh, how would you get a job as one?
  • surfettesurfette Posts: 796Registered User Member
    would you like to edit mine leah377? :)
  • JimmyEatWorld711JimmyEatWorld711 Posts: 2,399Registered User Senior Member
    haha, the head of the guidance department in my school (he went to Harvard and has been the head of guidance here for 20 years) was looking at my transcript and then asked me where I am applying to college. I told him Washington University in ST. Louis is my ED school. And he said "i've never heard of that. is it a 3rd or 4th tier school? i'm sure you could do better. have you looked at the University of Maine?"
    and i was like "well, people who aren't too informed about the college process probably haven't heard of it. it's on par with cornell and brown." i could've sworn that he was about to punch my face in.
    Hm, that's an interesting story. I would guess that maybe it's because WashU is a school that has only recently become regarded as 'prestigious'? Funny that he hadn't heard of it though.

    I get the feeling that becoming an elite college advisor would be a really hard career field to break into. These counselors usually charge quite a bit of money (take a lot at the specialized services CC offers...we're talking $10-15k) to guide a student through the entire admissions process. However, you'd probably need a strong record of getting kids into elite schools before you'd get many customers...
  • JimmyEatWorld711JimmyEatWorld711 Posts: 2,399Registered User Senior Member
    For the OP -

    If you were trying to get hired to work full-time in a high school as a counselor, I would imagine that college would be required. In any case, what person would trust their admissions advisor to get them into a good college of the advisor HIMSELF hadn't gone to college?
  • DaighDaigh Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    If you're serious about it, you might want to PM soozievt or carolyn about becoming an admissions counselor.
  • 1938219382 Posts: 1,795Registered User Senior Member
    It seems fun and stuff now, but to do it permanently? =/
  • leah377leah377 Posts: 3,834Registered User Senior Member
    haha sure :)
  • Central PerkyCentral Perky Posts: 918Registered User Member
    Because the private college counseling industry is unmoderated, meaning that no one organization sets standards for everyone, there really is no one certain degree one must have to be a private college counselor. However, that being said, most well known counselors (ex. Dr. Cohen, Dr. Hernandez) have degrees in something. Dr. Cohen has a pHD in Latin American literature, Dr. Hernandez has a pHD in education. However, you can see there is quite a difference in the two degrees.

    Dr. Cohen and her staff at IvyWise all have or are obtaining "certificates in college counseling" from the UCLA Extension School. This program is the first and the only program of its kind. Take a look at the following for more info:

    www.uclaextension.edu/collegecounseling

    It's also important to note that some private college counselors have worked in an admissions office at a university at one time or another. Those who have worked at highly selective schools can advertise this and it convinces people that they know what they are doing. Using the example of the two mentioned earlier, Cohen has worked at Yale, while Hernandez has worked at Dartmouth. Catherine Cohen says that "IvyWise" is a "state of mind...If you know what the top schools want, you know what all the schools want."

    College Confidential is a internet community, but it is also a private college counseling service. Check out their main website and see what they have to offer and what qualifies them to offer their services.
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