What you want to do as a career determines the type of education or training beyond high school you will need.
Consider passions and strengths
What do you like to do? What are your favorite classes in school? Your interests and strengths can be a window into potential careers.
Research career options
Explore a wide variety of options. Think about the type of work you enjoy and the lifestyle you want. Do you want to work outside or in an office? With people or by yourself? What is an average salary for each job?
Get more in-depth career information and find out the education you need. Use resources like:
Hear from professionals
Take advantage of guest speakers, career fairs and videos to hear from professionals in industries you're interested in. Use your family, friends and the community to network and make connections. Ask about their educational journey and what advice they have for getting started in your career field.
Try it out
Take classes at your school related to your career interests. Take a wide variety of electives including art, music, business, and CTE classes.
Volunteer, seek out an internship, or ask if you can job shadow with a local business to get hands-on experience and understanding of a particular career. Talk to a counselor or teacher at your school for help.
Explore programs and majors
Some careers may require a specific program or major or a minimum degree. Other careers do not. Take a quiz to determine your possible college major.