General Career Planning Information:
There are a lot of choices after graduating from high school! How do you determine what is best for you?
All students in grades 7-12 have access to MajorClarity, Peoria's online career planning platform, designed to help students discover future careers, and create personalized academic goals.
The Platform includes:
- Hundreds of occupations to explore with career "test drives"/activites included
- Quick assessments to determine persoality and learning style
- Academic Planning
- Easy college exploration and application tracking
There are several free websites that offer Career and College Planning/Research Resources. Here are links to just a few:
- College Depot
- Pipeline AZ
- My College Options
- Career One Stop
- O-Net Online
- Big Future/CollegeBoard
- ASU Me3
- Start by exploring your interests and understanding your strengths. Utilize the resources listed above to take Interest Inventories and explore Careers.
- Think about education, some careers require additional education beyond high school and some you can learn on the job. Pick what is right for you:
- 4-year universities (earn a Bachelors degree)
- 2-year colleges (earn an Associates degree, certification and/or transfer to a 4-year university)
- Technical and Trade Schools - these can be 6 months-two years in length
- Apprenticeships (on the job training)
- Research colleges and training programs. Consider requirements for the career you are interested in, cost of attendance, and wages that can be earned upon completion.
For more information on Post-Secondary Planning choose the page on this site that best fits your interests.
How do I make a decision about life after high school?
- Research Careers and get to know your strengths and abilities!
- Talk to your School Counselor and/or Career Center Specialist - they both have resources that can help you!
- Utilize career research websites.
I know I want to attend college, how do I decide which one?
Consider all of the following:
- What level of education does my career goal require?
- How will my high school record/grades affect my choices?
- How much money can I afford for an education?
- What school will meet my career plans? Does it offer my major?
- Will I live at home or on campus? What is the cost for housing?
- Am I prepared for college-level work?
- What size of campus am I comfortable with?
- Have I taken or am I prepared for required entrance exams? (ACT/SAT, or placement tests)
- Do I qualify for the entrance requirements?
- What are the deadlines for admissions and financial aid?
- What clubs, sports, or activities do I want to participate in? Does the school offer it?