Take time to explore
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.