The years after high school are some of the most exciting years in our lives. For many, this is the first time we leave home and live with roommates either in a dorm or in an off campus apartment. These first steps of freedom are very exciting times.
However, some decisions that students need to face have long term implications. These decisions include which college or university do you want to attend? What courses do you want to take? And one of the most important decisions is what career path do you want to follow? The decisions that you make from these questions will have a bearing on where you will leave, how much you will earn and what your advancement potential will be.
The decisions that students have to make are very important and most students can use help in creating their career path. To help you reach your career goals, we have put together this handy career guide with information to get you started:
Selecting Your College
- College Selection Criteria – list of items to be considered when selecting your college.
- College Selection Factors Worksheet – helpful handout with factors and descriptions that are used in college decision making.
- College Selection Process – step-by-step outline of the process students should use to select a college.
- Student Aid on the Web – government site which provides students with information on college and student aid.
- College Selection Worksheet – useful worksheet for prospective college students.
Choosing a Career
- Career Selection – collection of resources to assist in determining a career.
- Career Tools – interactive website offering suggestions on careers.
- Career Selection and Job Hunting – helpful resources for deciding on a career and finding jobs in that career path.
- Career Options Resource Center – informative site giving practical advice on how to turn your degree into a career.
- What Can I Do With a Major in…? – useful website which helps connect college majors with career jobs.
- Guidance and Counseling Resources – information on career opportunities, along with school majors to achieve the career goals.
- Career Resources – site aimed at the teaching profession, but with information that can be used in all career paths.
- Career Resource Center – useful site providing a number of resources with career information.
- Career Resources – general information with practical career resources.
- Online Career Resources – collection of helpful resources on the web.
- Resume Workshop – helpful website giving tips on how to prepare a resume.
- Resume Formats and Samples – useful site giving job seekers an opportunity to view resume samples.
- Resume Tutor – very helpful site giving step-by-step instructions on how to create a resume.
- Resume Tips – informative website giving helpful tips on how to write your resume.
- Resume Information – good consumer site giving useful tips and information on how to write a cover letter and resume.
- Job Search Methods – information on the various ways to search for a job.
- Job Search Help – resources to assist people in getting a new job.
- Ten Tips For a Successful Job Search – listing of some valuable tips to help get a job.
- Job Search Advice – collection of resources that can be helpful in finding employment.
- Job Interview Advice – helpful information for job seekers on their interviews.
- Career Outlook – informative look at the career prospects of several occupations.
- Job Outlook for Graduates – article discussing the job prospects on new graduates.
- Occupation Handbook – information from the Department of Labor about various occupations.
- Employment Projections – forward look at employment statistics in the near future.
- Job Prospects for the BA Graduate – information on the types of professions available to those with a BA Degree.