College Planning Resources
5 Tips For Completing College Applications
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Explore Your Choices in Colleges and Careers
Colleges and Universities
You can earn a bachelor's degree in your area of interest and increase your opportunities in finding employment in your chosen field. You may decide that you wish to pursue post-graduate work beyond a four year degree for either a master's degree or a professional degree or a Ph.D. Check websites and catalogues for admission requirements, transfer policies and cost factors.
Community and Junior Colleges
You can earn an associates degree if you complete a program of study. Many classes taken a community at a community or junior college will transfer to a four-year college. Check websites or contact the office of admissions directly for admission requirement, transfer policies, and cost factors.
Additional job skills will raise entry-level salaries, improve working conditions, and allow for more advancements and promotions. Articulated courses may be taken in high school that will give credit or hours toward a postsecondary course plan.
You can serve your country, earn a salary, and receive training whether you make the armed services your life-time career or not. You can also earn a college degree while in a military program or receive financial help from the government after you leave the service. Remember to talk with your counselor about R.O.T.C opportunities that are offered at your campus.
If military service is your choice after graduation, contact recruiters or talk with one that visits your campus. Remember, not all armed services offer the same opportunities; you need to find out what each one offers and what you obligation is in return.
You can prepare to enter the workforce by researching job opportunities and careers in the immediate and long-range future by:
- taking a career interest survey
- researching opportunities in job search engines
- preparing a resume
- creating a LinkedIn profile
- checking the library for career information
- obtaining work experience
- obtaining part time jobs after school hours
- obtaining technology jobs after school hours
- participating in co-op programs
- participating in internships and apprenticeships
- finding summer employment
- securing a professional mentor
Planning for College and Career
Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use software that students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices. Using Xello, students plan their journeys toward the future by creating their very own unique roadmap for future success.
BigFuture by College Board
Use BigFuture's planning resources to explore college major and career ideas based on your interest.
My Next Move
Use the My Next Move career interest inventory to help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to a career. Then explore the different kinds of careers that match your interest.
College for All Texans
Use this site to get answers to questions about what it takes to go college.
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is the local organization mandated to implement a system of services that complement economic development - as a resource for employers to access the quality employees they need, and training individuals to be successfully employed.
CollegePoint: A Free College Advising Program
CollegePoint is a free program that offers high-achieving students from lower-income households an extra layer of support that will help them on their journey to college. Students enrolled in CollegePoint have access to a personal college advisor during the spring of their junior year and through their senior year of high school. They can contact their advisor to discuss and get support with anything college-related, from the application process to essay writing support and financial aid. Access CollegePoint now.