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Although we endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the information, the content of this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain should not be relied upon as career or financial advice. You should apply your own judgement in making any use of any content on this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain, including, without limitation, the use of the information as the basis for any conclusions. The products and services sold under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee of an award of scholarships or any other financial gain. Your level of success in attaining the results from using our products and information depends on many factors, and may include the time you devote to the program, ideas and techniques used, knowledge level and various skills. You fully agree and understand that MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING is not responsible for your success or failure and makes no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever that our products or services will produce any particular result for you. Accessing or using this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain does not create a client relationship. Although your use of a website may facilitate access to or communications with members of MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING via e-mail transmissions or otherwise via a website or social media channel, receipt of any such communications or transmissions by any member of this firm does not create a client relationship. We do not guarantee that the content of our websites is accurate, complete or up-to-date. MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING assumes no obligation to update the content. We assume no responsibility for errors or omissions in the content or other documents that are referenced by or linked to our websites. The content on our websites may be changed without notice to you.




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We collect personal information from our customers in the regular course of doing business. Personal information we may collect: Name Address Phone Number Email Address Date of Birth/Age Gender Interests and hobbies Transcript of grades Purchase history Customer satisfaction info Opinions about products and services The main reasons we collect personal information are: To deliver services Customer relationship management Customer service To complete a sale/transaction Marketing We do not share your personal information with any third parties. Personal information is stored securely and disposed of properly in a timely manner. When you visit our web site, we also collect: information about your computer, including your IP address, the type of operating system and browser you use, and your computer's location what pages you visit on our site and what links you click on what other sites you've visited recently.





Terms of Use

Disclaimer


Although we endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the information, the content of this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain should not be relied upon as career or financial advice. You should apply your own judgement in making any use of any content on this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain, including, without limitation, the use of the information as the basis for any conclusions. The products and services sold under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee of an award of scholarships or any other financial gain. Your level of success in attaining the results from using our products and information depends on many factors, and may include the time you devote to the program, ideas and techniques used, knowledge level and various skills. You fully agree and understand that MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING is not responsible for your success or failure and makes no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever that our products or services will produce any particular result for you. Accessing or using this and other websites under the www.mycampusgps.ca domain does not create a client relationship. Although your use of a website may facilitate access to or communications with members of MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING via e-mail transmissions or otherwise via a website or social media channel, receipt of any such communications or transmissions by any member of this firm does not create a client relationship. We do not guarantee that the content of our websites is accurate, complete or up-to-date. MYCAMPUSGPS EDUCATION CONSULTING assumes no obligation to update the content. We assume no responsibility for errors or omissions in the content or other documents that are referenced by or linked to our websites. The content on our websites may be changed without notice to you.




Copyright


You may display on your computer, download and print a copy of the material on our website for non-commercial, personal or educational purposes only, provided that the content is not modified and that each copy of such materials identifies the source, bears our copyright notice “© mycampusGPS Education Consulting”. However, no part of any document on our website may be reproduced or transmitted for any other purpose without the prior written permission by the owner.




Privacy Policy


We collect personal information from our customers in the regular course of doing business. Personal information we may collect: Name Address Phone Number Email Address Date of Birth/Age Gender Interests and hobbies Transcript of grades Purchase history Customer satisfaction info Opinions about products and services The main reasons we collect personal information are: To deliver services Customer relationship management Customer service To complete a sale/transaction Marketing We do not share your personal information with any third parties. Personal information is stored securely and disposed of properly in a timely manner. When you visit our web site, we also collect: information about your computer, including your IP address, the type of operating system and browser you use, and your computer's location what pages you visit on our site and what links you click on what other sites you've visited recently.





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-John F. Kennedy

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Early Advantage Program

My child doesn't have to make university and career decisions until Grade 12. Why start early?


Applications for universities open in October of grade 12 for the following September. So, from as early as October, grade 12 students must know what universities and programs they want to apply to and, related to that, what career areas they may wish to pursue in the future. If they are to make well-informed choices, based on research and self-knowledge, and feel confident in those choices, they must do that discovery work BEFORE grade 12.

Starting early with career and education planning will give them more time to get to know potential career areas, job titles, working conditions, labour market trends, expected effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and any other information they need to get started on a great career path.

In the Early Advantage Program, we’ll focus on exploration. Students will learn how to find relevant information, but they’ll also learn about themselves – their interests, skills, strengths, values, and personality, and how they potentially align with career areas. We’ll teach them about the tools and the skills they need to know now.

By the time universities are ready to receive applications, your child will already know which schools and credentials will best help get them to pursue the careers that interest them most. In this Program, they'll also learn important information that will help them with long-term career success and career satisfaction.




My child can’t apply for scholarships until grade 12, so why start now?


I get that grade 11 might seem too early to think about scholarships, but it's not.

Just as an athlete needs to practice to win a place on a team, students need to prepare in advance to win scholarships. If a student wants to play for the high school varsity hockey team, they need to have certain skills and experience, and these are developed over time. They can’t start to learn to skate in grade 12 and expect to make the team. They need a longer “runway” of time to prepare properly.

Although students can’t apply for most scholarships until they’re in grade 12, there are things you can do now to ensure they qualify for them later. Doing these things now will ensure you’ll qualify not only for more scholarships, but also qualify for bigger scholarships, like the ones at $80,000 - $100,000.




Won't my child’s guidance counsellor help them with this?


Not likely. The pressures on school counsellors have increased a great deal over time, with no significant change to budgets. Many counsellors enter the profession with great visions of guiding students to educational and career success. However, the reality is that they end up getting overwhelmed with disciplinary issues, timetable changes, accommodations for students with disabilities and supporting students with mental health challenges. In Ontario, the ratio of students to guidance counsellors is an average of 396 to 1 (People for Education, 2018). My son's school has 3 counsellors for 1500 students! Between the increased responsibilities and the sheer number of students school counsellors are expected to support, there is a lot less time for dedicated career exploration and post-secondary planning.




Can’t I help them with all of this?


Yes, parents can be very helpful with this process! We encourage you to support your child, and we’ll tell you the best ways you can do so in our Parent Information Session, which is part of the Early Advantage Program.

However, parents normally don’t have the expertise (or the time!) to help their child with all of the information we cover in the Early Advantage Program.

I (Janet MacDonald) have over 15 years working in universities. I’ve been an admissions officer and I have several years of experience in academic advising. I’ve coordinated a university scholarship program and I have five years of experience coaching students with scholarships, many of whom have won major awards.

Devon Turcotte is a certified career strategist who has worked in career education with young people for almost 15 years, including five years of one-on-one career coaching. She has helped countless students tackle the most common hurdles they face in career planning and supported them in translating their education into the workforce. It’s unlikely many parents have our background and experience and could help their child at the same level as we can.

Also, many students simply don’t respond in the same way to parents as they do to an outside supporter. Our children are often more willing to do work for others than they are for us, their parents. Don’t take it personally, that’s just the way it is. As teen expert Josh Shipp says, “You don’t need a different message, you need a different messenger”. Devon and I can be that messenger who helps your child to do the work and get it DONE.




What other benefits are there to starting early?


There are many practical benefits of the Early Advantage Program: resume instruction and development, interview prep and practice, a completed activities list, various instruction sheets, templates, and other resources.

But there are other, less tangible (but just as important!) benefits to participating in the Program:

Control and agency – Students who are actively engaged in the process, and who are driving the process, feel more of a sense of control over their future. There is a lot of uncertainty right now, and a lot of things are out of the control of our students. Taking control of the post-secondary process is one way for them to develop agency over their future.

If you want to know more about student agency and why it’s important for psychological well-being, please see this article from The Education Hub: https://theeducationhub.org.nz/agency/

Confidence – Students who make informed choices feel more confident in those choices. This helps reduce the stress of decision-making. It also helps to reduce second-guessing after decision has been made.

Stronger applications – Doing proper research on programs makes for a stronger admission application, especially for programs with competitive admission. Doing proper preparation for scholarships makes a stronger application and increases your chances of winning.

Less stress, more success – Deciding on a university and program is a big life decision. It’s also a huge investment. I’m surprised by how many people will make this $60,000 - $100,000 decision without first investing time and money to properly research it. Planning in advance helps you to make better decisions. It also helps to avoid the stress that comes with making last-minute decisions. Having a plan of how to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself increases the likelihood of reaching those goals (remember, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”).

The Early Advantage Program will help you make informed decisions and create a plan for success.




What happens if my child doesn't prepare for scholarships early?  Can't they just do it in grade 12?


Grade 12 is a student’s best opportunity to win scholarships. There will never be another time in your life where there are more opportunities and less competition. It’s a golden window of opportunity. If you don’t prepare early, you run the risk of getting to grade 12 and not having the right qualifications and experiences for scholarships. And, by that time, there's little to no runway left – in other words, there's not enough time to get the kind of experiences you need to qualify for many awards.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot. Students and/or parents will come to me in grade 12 looking for help with scholarships, but the student has very little to "work with” in terms of qualifications for awards, so their options are limited. They miss out on many opportunities they could have had, if they'd only started sooner.

That's why I created the Early Advantage Program. It's designed specifically for Grade 11 students. It gives them the information they need to know now so they can be successful in grade 12.

In the Program, I'll cover the information students need to know now so they’ll qualify for scholarships in grade 12. I'll tell students what scholarship funders are looking for, and how to prepare now to be a quality applicant. Often it doesn’t take much more effort than what students would be doing normally. It’s not about doing more, and taking on new activities, it’s about doing the things you like to do, but doing them more strategically. Students will come away from the Early Advantage Program with the information they need to plan for scholarship success in grade 12.