Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education, and skills you will need to achieve your career goal. (Use Career Cruising to help with this.)
Get involved in sports, clubs and community service. Colleges and scholarship organizations look for an active and motivated person. For community service opportunities stop by Student Services.
Why go to College?
Whether you are uncertain about going to college or you just need some reassurance, you're on the right track. Here are a few reasons to go to college:
Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you'll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn a lot more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school.
The more education you get the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them. Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents' generation. Today most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems.
Education beyond high school gives you a lot of other benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore your interests, and experiencing success.
America’s Career InfoNet. Here you will find information on wages, employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employment contacts nationwide, and an extensive career resource library. www.acinet.org
This site offers assessment surveys on personality, interests and skills to help you choose a career field. www.wiredscholar.com
Under the CIS section, students are able to generate a list of occupations that use their skills, abilities and interests and the training involved. They can explore military options and also nontraditional employment opportunities. www.ILWorkInfo.com/icrn.htm User ID: iletc Password: etc 99
This is a nationally recognized source of career information that describes what workers do on the job, the working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. www.bls.gov/oco/
Career Builder offers profiles of many career fields and industry insights into these careers. www.careerbuilder.com
At our local education-to-career information website, you will learn how students can earn credit at Waubonsee Community College for classes taken at Oswego High School. On this site, students and parents can find information on the National Vocational Technical Honor Society and other career and technical areas. www.valees.org
Explore careers and the training required. Multimedia interviews with real people in a career field are available at this site. This site also enables you to build your own portfolio. www.careercruising.com
Snag a job is an excellent site for high school students. It posts part- and full-time positions open to high school students in this area. Students can post their resume or fill out an application online. Resume writing tips are also offered on this site. www.snagajob.com
Search for a job by category, company, and location on Hot Jobs. This site allows you to post your resume. www.hotjobs.com
Learn how to compose a job-winning resume, post your resume, or apply online. A message board is also available to chat with other job seekers. You must create an account profile to participate. www.monster.com
Find an internship by career or location. Salaries, job requirements and more are listed for many industries and careers. www.wetfeet.com
Information on careers in construction and Chicago-area apprenticeship schools and application availability. www.cisco.org
This website compares all branches of the military. www.military.com
U.S. Army www.gov.goarmy.com
U.S. Marines www.marines.com
U.S. Navy www.navy.com
U.S. Air Force Academy www.usafa.af.mil
U.S. Naval Academy www.nadn.navy.mil
U.S. Military Academy West Point www.usma.edu
U.S. Coast Guard Academy www.cga.edu
Excellent resource for learning how a military branch can be used as a springboard for funding your college education. Explains in detail the programs each branch of the military has to offer. www.keycolleges.com