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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.

    Technical Schools

    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.

    Military Service

    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.

    The Workforce

    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
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  • Planning for College and Career

    Career Cruising
    Use Career Crusing as an internet-based career exploration and planning tool to explore career and college options and develop a career plan.

    Creating Aspirations for Higher Education

    Nationwide College Exploration

    Career Exploration

    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. 

    Compare College | TX
    Use this interactive, mobile-friendly web tool designed to help students learn more about Texas public universities and colleges. 

    College for All Texans
    Use this site to get answers to questions about what it takes to go college.

    Workforce Solutions
    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.

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