Name of Collection: College and Careers

School Name: Campus Magnet High School

Address: 207-01 116th Avenue Cambria Heights, NY 11411

Phone: (718) 978-2135, ext. 3610

Fax: (718) 978-2309

Librarians: Kate O'Connell and Barbara Mehlman

Librarians' e-mail:


A College and Career room was created at the Campus Magnet High Schools Library so that students would begin to explore potential career and college choices early in their high school careers. The collection is comprised of college guides, books on a wide variety of careers, resumes, interviews and more. This Pathfinder is a guide to key resources within the collection.

Questions for Inquiry:

When should I start preparing for college?
What colleges would I like to attend?
What colleges have the majors I am interested in?
What careers am I interested in exploring?
What is the best job for my personality?
What skills/strengths do I have that will help me to become successful?


College, undergraduate education, scholarships, financial aid, careers, vocations, occupations, resumes, interviews

Subject Headings:

Universities and Colleges -- United States -- Admission
College Applications -- Handbooks, Manuals
Collge Choice
College Students -- United States
Study Skills -- United States
High School Students -- Scholaraships, Fellowships
High School Students -- Employment -- United States
Internship Programs -- United States
College Students -- Employment
Vocational Guidance
Job Descriptions
Professions -- Handbooks, Manuals
Employment Interviewing

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

331 Internships
331.7 Careers (general)
371 Scholarships & Financial Aid
378 College Guides and SAT Books
000-999 Careers in specific fields

Key Books


REF 331.7 ENH Enhanced Occupational Outlook Handbook. 5th ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2005.
Contains detailed descriptions of 264 major occupations in the U.S. economy, discussing the nature of the work, working conditions, job requirements, employment outlook, and earnings potential; each followed by brief information about similar occupations.

REF 371.3 NIS Nist, Sherrie, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. College Success Strategies: Becoming an Effective Learner. 2nd ed. New York: Pearson Education, 2006.
Presents a guide to preparing for college, including information on how to become an effective learner, transfer high school credits, use the latest technology, and deal with stress.

REF 378.73 ULT U.S. News & World Report Ultimate College Guide 2006. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2005.
Provides detailed profiles of over fourteen hundred accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States with information on tuition, financial aid, academic majors, student employment, student diversity, and much more.

REF 378.7 PET Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2007. Lawrenceville, NJ: Thomson Peterson's, 2006.
Presents information on over 2,500 two-year colleges in the U S., alphabetized by state, providing contact information and covering student-faculty ratio, degrees and majors, libraries, computers on campus, student life, athletics, costs, financial aid, and application requirements, and includes close-up profiles of more than eight hundred schools.

REF 378.7 PET Peterson's Two-Year Colleges 2007. Lawrenceville, NJ: Thomson Peterson's, 2006.
Presents information on over 1,800 two-year colleges in the U S., alphabetized by state, providing contact information and covering student-faculty ratio, degrees and majors, libraries, computers on campus, student life, athletics, costs, and application requirements, and includes close-up profiles of ninety schools.

REF 331.7 AME America's Top 300 Jobs: A Complete Career Handbook. 9th ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2004.
Provides information on the top three hundred jobs in the U.S. as identified by the government's "Occupational Outlook Handbook," with descriptions of each job, detailing skills and training requirements, salaries, working conditions, and growth and promotion projections.

REF 641.5 PET Peterson's Culinary Schools. 9th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Thomson Peterson's, 2006.
Presents a guide to over five hundred culinary arts and restaurant management programs, providing information on certificate, degree, and apprenticeship programs, quick-reference charts for comparing programs and advice from top chefs on planning a successful career.

371.9 KRA Kravets, Marybeth, and Imy F. Wax. The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder. 8th ed. New York: Princeton Review, 2005.
Profiles three hundred forty-five colleges that offer programs for students with learning disabilities, each with admissions information, a list of services, graduation requirements, and contact names, numbers, and addresses.


378.1 LIG Light, Richard J. Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
Draws from ten years of interviews with seniors from Harvard to provide information for young people on how to make the most of their time in college, discussing living choices, work, classes, advising, faculty, diversity, and other topics.
378.73 GUI Guide to Career Colleges 2005. 5th Ed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Thomson Peterson's, 2004.
Provides information on getting post-secondary education in specialized schools, and presents profiles of institutions with programs in business, allied health, technology, and other fields from acupuncture to woodworking.

378.1 SHA Shanley, Mary Kay, and Julia Johnston. Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Getting into College. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Provides answers to over two hundred questions prospective students and their parents have about college, offering advice on planning for college, costs, the college search, campus tours and interviews, the application process, orientation, and other topics.

378.1 NY Ny, Jeanine Le. 101 Ways to Become the Perfect College Applicant. NewYork: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
Offers advice to high school students on how to position themselves as outstanding college applicants, including tips on how to choose the right school, how to develop helpful relationships, the application process, and what to do after being accepted.

378.1 FIS Fiske, Edward B., and Bruce G. Hammond. Fiske What to Do When for College 2006-2007: A Student and Parent's Guide to Deadlines, Planning and the Last Two Years of High School. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006.
Presents a guide to applying for college admissions, for students and parents, providing a chronology of important dates, including deadlines for early and regular admissions, major scholarships, financial aid, housing, SAT, ACT, and more.

331.702 VIO Viollt, Michael P. College Majors That Work: a Step-By-Step Guide to Choosing and Using Your College Major. Alexandria, VA: Octameron Associates, 2004.
Presents diagnostic tools for matching high school students with majors and colleges, and lists Web sites for research on over two hundred majors.

378.73 STU Goldman, Jordan, and Colleen Buyers, eds. Students' Guide to Colleges: The Definitive Guide to America's Top 100 Schools. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
Presents a guide to one hundred colleges in the United States, written for students, by students, providing in-depth reviews of each school, including information on applying, getting in, and surviving freshman year.

331.702 FAR Farr, Michael. Best Jobs for the 21st Century. 4th ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2006.
Presents an overview of more than five hundred job descriptions for careers with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings as well as lists of best jobs based on education level, interest, and personality type.

331.702 EXP Exploring Careers: A Young Person's guide to 1000 Jobs. 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2004.
A career reference for young people organized into 14 interest areas, including 1,000 job descriptions; 49 interesting, engaging profiles of on-the-job workers; and 19 skill samplers that describe skills required in certain jobs.

REF 331.7 AME America's Top 300 Jobs: A Complete Career Handbook. 9th ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2004.
Provides information on the top three hundred jobs in the U.S. as identified by the government's "Occupational Outlook Handbook," with descriptions of each job, detailing skills and training requirements, salaries, working conditions, and growth and promotion projections.

331.25 FAR Farr, Michael, and Laurence Shatkin. 250 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2005.
Explains what an apprenticeship is, presents lists of the best apprenticed jobs in health care, information technology, construction, automotive work, and other fields based on a variety of criteria, and provides descriptions of 250 such jobs, covering duties, required skills, personality types, outlook, openings, and earnings.

331.702 FAR Farr, Michael, and Laurence Shatkin. 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2005.
Helps people find the best career for their personality, with three hundred job descriptions for six personality types and lists of the best jobs with the best pay, fastest growth and most openings.

650.14 WHI Whitcomb, Susan Britton. Interview Magic: Job Interview Secrets from America's Career and Life Coach. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2005.
Provides information on preparing for job interviews including how to handle stress, observe etiquette, formulate key questions, rehearse the tough questions, and other related topics.

650.14 SCH Schaffer, Karen. The Complete Book of Resumes: Simple Steps for Writing a Powerful Resume. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2005.
Presents a comprehensive collection of two hundred eighty-five actual resumes that detail the do's and don'ts of resume preparation.

650.14 KUR Kursmark, Louise M. Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2006.
Presents more than 130 professionally written resumes for college graduates and students, and includes job-search work sheets and tips on writing resumes and creating resumes online.


FIC LIP Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender. New York: Harper Trophy, 1993.
After a successful start in a boxing career, a Harlem high school dropout decides that competing in the ring isn't enough of life and resolves to aim for different goals.

FIC AND Anderson, Laurie Halse. Catalyst. New York: Viking Press, 2002.
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.

FIC MYE Myers, Walter Dean. Slam! New York: Scholastic Press, 1996.
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

FIC LEE Lee, Marie G. Finding My Voice. New York: Harper Trophy, 2001.
As she tries to enjoy her senior year and choose which college she will attend, Korean American Ellen Sung must deal with the prejudice of some of her classmates and pressure from her parents to get good grades.

» FIC BOY Boylan, James Finney. Getting In. New York: Warner Books, 1998.
Desperately trying to hide their low SAT scores, underdeveloped vocabularies, and shocking dearth of extracurricular activities, four high school seniors and their three chaperones take to the road in a Winnebago to attend interviews at nine prestigious New England colleges.

» FIC COL Coll, Susan. Acceptance. New York: Farrar, Strass and Giroux, 2007.
Follows the lives of three high school juniors--Taylor, Maya, and Harry--as they apply to a number of colleges and cope with the pressures of their teachers and parents, and an admissions advisor, Olivia, who struggles to sift through applications after her university was accidentally placed on a list of the top fifty schools in the country.

Magazine Articles

• Print:

Sullivan, Megan, and Steve Metz. "Science Careers for the "Why Take Science?" Crowd." American Educator Winter 2006/7: 46-49.

• Online:


Thomson Gale - New York State Newspapers

Daniel, Lisa, and Carolyn Brandon. "Finding the Right Job Fit." HRMagazine 51.3 (2006): 62-67. MasterFILE Select. 13 March 2007.
This article presents tips on how to land the job that fits you. According to career experts, knowing yourself is the first step toward finding a good job fit. Every question you can think to ask yourself--and later find out about a prospective employer--puts you that much closer to being a good fit in a new job. While knowing what you want is important, it can be equally important to know what you do not want.

McCune, Jenny. "Finding And Following Your Career Path. (Cover story)." Office Pro 67.1 ([YEAR]): 10-14. MasterFILE Select. 13 March 2007.
The article offers tips on how to find and follow one's career path. In order to examine how to plan and advance career, one needs to set career goals, devise a plan to reach those goals, get ahead by asking for help, being a constant learner and finding ways to make a difference. If one learns to set goals and milestones and plot a career course, it is possible to have a rewarding career.

Nemko, Marty. "Click Here for a New Career." U.S. News & World Report 140.10 (2006): 54-54. MasterFILE Select. 13 March 2007.
The article lists recommended websites that offer career advice and information. Included are,,, and The sites offer advice to a range of job seekers, from high school graduates to professionals, and are provided by private companies and government organizations.

Green, Elizabeth Weiss. "What They Should Know." U.S. News & World Report 142.9 (2007): 57-57. MasterFILE Select. 22 March 2007.
The article gives a brief look into the requirements and attitudes behind collegiate core curricula. A history of the U.S. college standard curriculum is provided from its conception in 1917 through the 1970s. A shifted focus from cultural education to career training in universities is posited. Various opinions as to what all students should know are presented, such as critical thinking ability and foreign language skills.

Web Sites:

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Zone
What can I do with a major in...
What do you like?
Princeton Review Career Quiz
Mapping Your Future
College Board
College Answer
Campus Tours
Adventures in Education





Career Track: Great Jobs without a College Degree. Linx Educational. 2000. 22 March 2007.
Profiles careers in computer technology, carpentry, plumbing, the military, and more.

Career Track: More Great Jobs without a College Degree. Linx Educational. 2002. 22 March 2007.
Discusses the duties of medical technicians, cashiers, sales associates, wait staff, cooks, entry-level managers, and security guards.

Career Track: Great Careers in Two Years or Less. Linx Educational. 2005. 22 March 2007.
Covers such fields as cosmetology, office administrator, dental technician, and more.

What Could I Do with My Life?. CLEARVUE & SVE. 2000. 22 March
Outlines steps viewers can take today to ensure career advantage tomorrow. Topics include the role of college in career preparation, developing interests and proficiencies in key studies, and an overview of career categories.

Career Exploration & Planning: What Will I Do with My Life?. Linx Educational. 2003. 22 March 2007.
Explore the world of careers and help assess interests, skills, and abilities.

It's Not What You Say: Mastering the Interview. Linx Educational. 2003.
22 March 2007.
Distinguish between different types of interviews and learn how to impress your interviewer before you begin to speak.

Job Connection: Foolproof Ways to Find a Job: Sharpening Job Hunting Techniques. Linx
Educational. 1999. 22 March 2007.
Organize your time, identify your own skills, and find out how to learn about the job that's right for you.

Job Connection: Make the Interview Count: Six P's of Job Interviews. Linx Educational. 1999. 22 March 2007.
Present six steps in the job interview process that will help students be successful in any interview.

Job Connection 3 Videos. Linx Educational. 1999. 22 March 2007.
Sharpen your students' interviewing skills by showing them that preparation, organization, and a good resume will land an interview.

Job Skills: Interview Tips from a Recruiter: How to Win the Job You Want. Linx Educational.
2001. 22 March 2007. [[http://www.powermediaplus.comReceive|]]
Receive tips from job recruiters on how to impress your interviewer, how to answer questions, and what you should ask as well.

Standard Deviants School SAT 9 Videos. Cerebellum. 2002. 22 March 2007.
This series breaks down the sections of the SAT to help students study and prepare for their college entrance exams.

Study Smarts: Skills & Strategies for Top Grades. Linx Educational. 2003. 22 March
2007. [[http://www.powermediaplus.comGuide|]]
Guide students through the studying process with proven techniques and helpful hints.

Community Resources:

Job information Center
Queens Library - Central Branch
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11432
(718) 990-0700

Job Information Center
Queens Library - Flushing Branch
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 661-1200

The Job Information Centers located in the Central Library and the Flushing Library of the Queens Library system offers a variety of services for people who are unemployed, underemployed or searching for a direction. There are books, periodicals, and newspapers arranged for easy selection. Some items may be used only in the library, others are available for borrowing. All of these resources are available whenever theCentral Library or Flushing Library are open.
Individual assistance in finding resources for your resumé, job search, or continuing education needs can be provided by a Job Information Librarian. Call for an appointment. TRAIN, a database with comprehensive listings of vocational training for adults, can be accessed by appointment.
The Centers produce the Job Search Resources Series, on-line guides to selected resources in popular careers. These are intended as introductions for job seekers and will help you get started now with on-line resources and guide you to the library's holdings as well.
A self-scored career interest evaluation for adults, the Career Exploration Inventory (CEI), can help you select from a variety of careers. It is administered to groups on a regular basis. You must call to register.
The Centers sponsor workshops by career guidance professionals throughout the Queens Library system on resumé writing, job interview skills, and job search techniques, in English and Spanish. Check the Queens Library's Events Calendar for locations, dates and times.

Queens Workforce Career Center
168-46 91st Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 557-6755

Provides job seekers access to employment, training, education and business opportunities. Youth services include assistance in obtaining a work permit, preparing a resume, preparing for job interviews, locating job openings (including summer positions, internships and community service opportunities).

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

NY State Standards - Career Development and Occupational Studies
Standard 1: Career Development
Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.
Standard 2: Integrated Learning
Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.
Standard 3b: Career Majors
Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.

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