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DIRECTOR - COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS, IN-DEPTH: Know Your End Game In College

About this video 

Donna, the director of College & Career Readiness at the Waco Independent School District, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She advises that it is important to know what you want to do when you go into a college program. For Donna, seeing the end game of her degree has helped her progress in it.

Degree: Education Leadership and Management - Home Economics
Job Title: Director of College & Career Readiness
Employer: Waco Independent School District

Job Summary: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

Job Description

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

School counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American School Counselors Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy

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m='10030'>in their job.</span> </p><p><span m='11070'>What</span> <span m='11240'>I</span> <span m='11260'>like</span> <span m='11600'>least</span> <span m='11950'>about</span> <span m='12200'>my</span> <span m='12360'>job</span> <span m='12710'>is</span> <span m='12870'>there's</span> <span m='13030'>some</span> <span m='13370'>budget</span> <span m='13830'>stuff.</span> <span m='14480'>And</span> <span m='14640'>there's</span> <span m='14930'>some</span> <span m='15070'>hard</span> <span m='15350'>decisions</span> <span m='15850'>sometimes</span> <span m='16350'>that</span> <span m='16440'>we</span> <span m='16500'>have</span> <span m='16640'>to</span> <span m='16740'>make</span> <span m='16930'>about</span> <span m='17150'>letting</span> <span m='17410'>people</span> <span m='17780'>go</span> <span m='18340'>and</span> <span m='18420'>that</span> <span m='18600'>kind</span> <span m='18750'>of</span> <span m='18820'>thing.</span> <span m='19120'>So</span> <span m='19920'>those</span> <span m='20080'>are</span> <span m='20140'>not</span> <span m='20500'>fun</span> <span m='20790'>parts</span> <span m='21110'>of</span> <span m='21150'>the</span> <span m='21230'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='22230'>What</span> <span m='22590'>are</span> <span m='22770'>some of</span> <span m='22950'>the key</span> <span m='23380'>decisions</span> <span m='23810'>you</span> <span m='23930'>made</span> <span m='24240'>in your</span> <span m='24708'>life</span> <span m='25176'>that</span> <span m='26112'>led you to</span> <span m='26580'>where you are</span> <span m='27048'>today?</span> </p><p><span m='27990'>Well the</span> <span m='28050'>first</span> <span m='28290'>one</span> <span m='28420'>was</span> <span m='28510'>to</span> <span m='28610'>go</span> <span m='28780'>to</span> <span m='28850'>Baylor</span> <span m='29110'>University,</span> <span m='30690'>picking</span> <span m='31100'>a</span> <span m='31170'>career</span> <span m='31540'>path.</span> <span m='32290'>I</span> <span m='32360'>went</span> <span m='32549'>to</span> <span m='32619'>college</span> <span m='32970'>knowing</span> <span m='33310'>what</span> <span m='33480'>I</span> <span m='33520'>wanted</span> <span m='33840'>to</span> <span m='33960'>do.</span> <span m='34120'>I</span> <span m='34320'>knew</span> <span m='34460'>I wanted</span> <span m='34660'>to</span> <span m='34720'>be</span> <span m='34830'>a</span> <span m='34900'>home</span> <span m='35080'>economics</span> <span m='35610'>teacher</span> <span m='36480'>or a</span> <span m='36570'>family and</span> <span m='36930'>consumer</span> <span m='37370'>science</span> <span m='37750'>teacher.</span> <span m='38160'>I knew</span> <span m='38420'>that's what</span> <span m='38580'>I</span> <span m='38600'>wanted</span> <span m='38850'>to</span> <span m='38940'>do.</span> <span m='39610'>So</span> <span m='39850'>by</span> <span m='40010'>knowing</span> <span m='40350'>what</span> <span m='40500'>I</span> <span m='40540'>wanted</span> <span m='40720'>to</span> <span m='40760'>do</span> <span m='40980'>when</span> <span m='41110'>I</span> <span m='41140'>went</span> <span m='41330'>to</span> <span m='41400'>college,</span> <span m='41810'>it</span> <span m='41930'>made</span> <span m='42180'>it</span> <span m='42330'>a</span> <span m='42410'>little</span> <span m='42680'>easier</span> <span m='43400'>than</span> <span m='43600'>to</span> <span m='43660'>go</span> <span m='43810'>through</span> <span m='43940'>the</span> <span m='44040'>path.</span> <span m='44950'>So</span> <span m='45510'>I</span> <span m='45610'>think</span> <span m='45850'>that</span> <span m='46030'>would have</span> <span m='46160'>probably</span> <span m='46420'>been</span> <span m='46610'>the</span> <span m='46700'>most</span> <span m='46970'>important</span> <span m='47370'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='47610'>And</span> <span m='47710'>then</span> <span m='47810'>learning</span> <span m='48040'>from</span> <span m='48220'>people</span> <span m='48510'>to</span> <span m='48800'>get</span> <span m='48930'>my</span> <span m='49000'>master's</span> <span m='49275'>and</span> <span m='49550'>then</span> <span m='49660'>my</span> <span m='49810'>doctorate.</span> <span m='50090'>Because I</span> <span m='50370'>eventually</span> <span m='50830'>hope</span> <span m='51130'>to</span> <span m='51270'>teach</span> <span m='51570'>at a</span> <span m='51680'>college</span> <span m='52140'>level.</span> <span m='53100'>New</span> <span m='53260'>teacher,</span> <span m='53710'>so</span> <span m='54550'>knowing</span> <span m='54840'>what</span> <span m='55010'>you</span> <span m='55120'>want</span> <span m='55290'>to</span> <span m='55360'>do</span> <span m='55730'>when</span> <span m='55890'>you</span> <span m='55960'>go</span> <span m='56230'>into</span> <span m='56590'>a</span> <span m='56720'>college</span> <span m='57150'>program</span> <span m='57640'>is</span> <span m='57770'>very</span> <span 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m='83810'>do</span> <span m='83990'>a lot</span> <span m='84120'>of</span> <span m='84180'>talking</span> <span m='84510'>at</span> <span m='84670'>work,</span> <span m='85070'>so a</span> <span m='85160'>lot</span> <span m='85330'>of</span> <span m='85380'>times</span> <span m='85640'>when</span> <span m='85750'>I</span> <span m='85810'>get</span> <span m='85970'>home</span> <span m='86290'>I</span> <span m='86370'>enjoy</span> <span m='86610'>just</span> <span m='86820'>being</span> <span m='87050'>quiet.</span> <span m='88650'>I</span> <span m='88770'>enjoy</span> <span m='89120'>just</span> <span m='89290'>sitting</span> <span m='89930'>with</span> <span m='90170'>my</span> <span m='90300'>husband.</span> <span m='90880'>And</span> <span m='91410'>we</span> <span m='91540'>have</span> <span m='91750'>daughters</span> <span m='92320'>and</span> <span m='92640'>I'm going to have</span> <span m='93010'>grandchildren</span> <span m='93650'>eventually.</span> <span m='94310'>And we</span> <span m='94530'>have</span> <span m='94870'>two little</span> <span m='95000'>chihuahuas.</span> </p><p><span m='95220'>And</span> <span m='96120'>just</span> <span m='96390'>having</span> <span m='96620'>quiet</span> <span m='97070'>down</span> <span m='97360'>time,</span> <span m='98230'>we</span> <span m='98390'>don't</span> <span m='98690'>do</span> <span m='98850'>a</span> <span m='98900'>lot</span> <span m='99250'>of</span> <span m='99760'>outside</span> <span m='100250'>work.</span> <span m='100600'>But</span> <span m='101150'>we</span> <span m='101240'>enjoy</span> <span m='101600'>each</span> <span m='101770'>other's</span> <span m='102010'>company,</span> <span m='102510'>we</span> <span m='102860'>enjoy</span> <span m='103210'>reading,</span> <span m='104180'>and</span> <span m='104350'>just</span> <span m='104940'>down</span> <span m='105220'>time</span> <span m='105490'>at</span> <span m='105560'>home.</span> <span m='105810'>So</span> <span 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