college & career
If you aren’t sure what you want to do after high school, take a Career Inventory
Step 1: Take an Interest Inventory—ASVAB, You Science, Naviance, MyNextMove
During the assessment make sure you avoid choosing “not sure” or “neutral” type responses. Either you like it, or you don’t. Choosing this type of response gives you careers that may not be the best fit because you ultimately told the computer that you “didn’t care”.
Decide if is something you would want to do for the rest of your working life. Ex. If you don’t want to work outside, don’t choose those types of responses or it will give you careers that require you to be outside.
Step 2: Make a list of careers you want to learn about.
Job availability and location upon graduation
Salary Range-Can you make a livable wage?
Work Demands-Are you physically able to do the job?
Step 3: Determine the Occupational Outlook for the careers.
You can find answers to these questions on sites like:
Step 4: What kind of training do you need for your career?
Structured hands-on training by a peer or supervisor over a short period of time. These types of careers don’t typically require tests for certification or licensure.
Typically takes 1-6 years to learn the job from someone who is licensed in the field. Often requires formal licensure and may also require formal classes to learn the skills and prepare for the exam. Receive pay and benefits while training.
Full-Time (active duty) or Part-Time (reserves)
Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy
Offer training in a specific career area.
Note: They can be expensive. Financial Aid may be limited.
State technical colleges that allow you to earn certificates, diplomas or associate degrees in multiple career fields.
Earn an associate degree in multiple career fields.