There are a number of different options available to students after high school. The resources in this section will help you explore each opportunity as you plan your journey after high school. Keep an open mind about all opportunities available... you never know which pieces will fall into place to make the perfect fit for you!
Four-year colleges or universities provide learning in an array of subjects while preparing students for careers. They grant bachelor's degrees, which enable students to pursue opportunities in a wide spectrum of jobs. Students who earn a bachelor's degree may also continue their education and pursue a graduate degree.
Two-year colleges are schools that provide affordable postsecondary education as a pathway to enter the workforce with a certificate, associate degree or transfer credits to a four-year college. These schools have open admission policies and accept all students with a high school diploma or equivalent.
Occupations and Employment: You can search by career cluster or by specific career title to find: general work activities, helpful high school courses, skills and abilities, physical demands, interests, knowledge, hiring practices, wages, employment, and outlook.
Education and Training: You can find information on: programs of study, Minnesota colleges, colleges throughout the U.S., undergraduate and graduate school sort (by major, degree, location, size, etc.), and financial aid.
Assessment Tools: There are a variety of assessments available that measure your: interests (IDEAS and O*NET Interest Profiles) skills (SKILLS – matches careers to skills you like/possess), values (O*NET Work Importance Locator), and career preference (Career Cluster Inventory).
Practice Tests: There are practice tests available for: ACT, AP tests, SAT, SAT Subject tests, PSAT, ASVAB, GED and CLEP.
Apprenticeships are partnerships between business, industry, labor and government that enable students to receive training in skilled trades through classroom training and work on-the-job. Most apprenticeships are paid positions.
The military is an all-volunteer force that serves to protect our security and way of life, but service members are more than a fighting force. They are leaders, humanitarians and your fellow Americans. Get to know more about the men and women who serve — who they are, what they do and why they do it.
Joining the workforce is a good opportunity for recent high school graduates to transition into adulthood by learning the responsibilities of holding down a full-time job and personal financial management. It’s also important to focus the job search on positions that allow for career growth, as opposed to typical jobs that hire teen workers.
A GAP year is a semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional, and personal awareness. Gap year programs are available for a wide range of interests, including: