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This is the perfect time to check out lots of career options. The Web is a great resource for information about specific schools or training programs, and here are some other ways to learn more if you are considering:

  1. Attending a four-year college, university, vocational/technical school, or two-year college
    • Make a list of the schools that interest you.
    • Gather information from each school and study it.
    • Register to take the ACT® test before December of your senior year; spring of your junior year is recommended. All U.S. colleges and universities accept ACT scores.
    • Visit the campus of each school you are seriously considering.
    • Apply early for admission and housing.
    • Apply early for financial assistance. Pay attention to deadlines listed in the financial aid information you receive from your counselor and the school(s) you are interested in attending.
    • Find out about local, state, federal, and private student financial assistance programs.
    • Make your decision. Take time to review all information carefully and weigh your options.
  2. Serving in the Armed Forces
    • Visit with friends, neighbors, and relatives who have served in various branches of the Armed Forces.
    • Study the military literature available in your counseling office.
    • Evaluate any physical limitations that might prevent you from serving in the Armed Forces.
    • Compare military training opportunities with possible civilian occupations.
    • Arrange with your counselor to visit with various military recruiters during your junior and senior years of high school.
    • Compare benefits, tours of duty, training, and promotion opportunities of military programs.
  3. Looking for direct employment after high school
    • Explore your special abilities and interests with your school counselor.
    • Collect and study materials about writing resumes and letters of application.
    • Consider whether you want to move away from your home region after high school.
    • Visit with individuals working in various occupations that may be of interest to you.
    • Become familiar with major employers in the areas where you are interested in working.
    • Be knowledgeable about the vocational/technical program offerings available in your high school.