CAREER & COLLEGE READINESS
The creation of your future goals should be an informed and thoughtful process. There are so many things to think about, but, ultimately, you will want happiness. Making choices now that will support your future lifestyle goals, both emotional and financial, will support you reaching them so much sooner. We do not want you graduating high school without a plan. We want any investment of time and money that you make to be one that will give you the results you want.
Below are resources that will support you through this process.
Why bother with work-based learning? Studies show that 94% of students who participate in an internship graduate from high school. The Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance (PPBEA) offers opportunities to learn about different careers through professional interviews, job shadows, internships, and more! You will also be able to develop a resume, learn about professional skills, and find opportunities to support employability and better knowledge of careers that exist in different industries.
My Colorado Journey is a useful, statewide platform used to personalize your career pathway and connect you to work, education, and support services. There are multiple inventories you can take to get better insight into your capabilities and likes, as well as information on college, scholarships, and various resources within Colorado.
SCOIR is a college admissions network that connects students, families, high schools, and colleges for a better admissions experience. Students use this tool to build a college list to find the right fit and connect with a network of support.
If you plan on going to college or university, FAFSA can help support those costs up front. The Federal Student Aid program offers loans to qualified students. However, you want your application submitted in a timely manner to ensure you can get the loans required to pay for your education.
This is a great time to look at what you are good at and what interests you have. This information will be so important in helping you realize what you will do in the future. If you find a career that you love, you will be even more prepared to be successful and live the life in a lifestyle that you want! Use this tool to discover how your personal aptitudes and interests align with different careers.
Your participation in student leadership activities builds important skills that you will forever use, as well as your resumé and employability. Visit this page for a summary of some leadership opportunities that are available to you. This includes student organizations, volunteer experiences, employment options, and conferences.
O*Net OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more! It is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. It has metrics that uses data to identify the impact of the changing work landscape and how it impacts the workforce and US economy.
Postsecondary Education Options:
There are many industries that do not require education outside of their industry. They will train you to do the job they want! These positions are often considered entry level and you may need to consider furthering your training later. However, sometimes the company you work for will pay or provide tuition assistance to support you further your education.
For many skilled trades, you can participate in an apprenticeship program where you earn while you learn. You learn the required the skills of the trade in the classroom and hands on while, you work alongside a skilled employer. You will earn a wage as you go through the program and oftentimes be required to commit to working for that employer for a certain length of time upon completion.
Many jobs require a specific certification to be qualified to work in that position. This is an official document that states that you have reached a certain status or level of achievement. Certifications can be earned through taking a course or completing a test successfully. Preparation to earn certifications is dependent on what you know and what the certification requires.
This is a school that is designed to train students for a specific job in a skilled trade career. Most importantly, a trade school offers hands-on training to prepare students for actual work in their chosen field.
The military, also know collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intended for warfare. It may consist of one or more military branches such as an army, navy, air force, space force, marines, or coast guard. To enter the military, you need to meet with a recruiter.
An associate degree explores the most fundamental/basic aspects of a subject over a two-year period. These degrees may be earned at community, technical, and vocational colleges.
A bachelors degree is an academic degree conferred by a college or university to those who completes the 4-year undergraduate curriculum. Students do not typically need any previous college experience to enter a 4-year degree program.
A masters degree is generally earned following a bachelors degree. It is a postsecondary credential that typically takes 2-3 years to complete through a college or university. It may build on undergraduate knowledge or help learners from other disciplines enter a new field.
A PhD is a doctorate that is awarded in most academic fields. It is a pure research degree that involves carrying out a literature review, conducting original research, producing a thesis that is written into a dissertation that you must defend. The average person takes about 6-8 years to earn their PhD.