- Now that you're in 9th grade, it's time to evaluate your career plans. By starting early, you'll be better prepared.
- Revisit the Interest Profiler in Naviance.
- Don't neglect your study habits!
- Continue to explore post-secondary credit opportunities including college, technical schools, special purpose schools, apprenticeships, and the military related to your selected career interest.
- If you don't have one, sign up for a college savings account.
- Talk to your guidance counselors, advisor, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college.
- Find out about college entrance requirements for the schools you're interested in.
- Naviance has some wonderful resources.
- Explore all your options.
- College Matching Assistant
- Create a file of the following documents and notes (Naviance) is a great place to store a number of these items):
- report cards
- lists of awards and honors
- school and community activities
- volunteer work
- Start thinking about the colleges you want to attend.
- (Hint: Use Naviance to help look for schools.)
- Find out about Advanced Placement and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college or earn college credit. Explore post-secondary credit opportunities including college, technical schools, special purpose schools, apprenticeships, and the military related to your selected career interest.
- Continue to get involved in campus and community activities.
- Take the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT), to evaluate your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning. It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your college application.
- Getting Ready for College
- How are you spending your summer?
- Volunteering and educational programs can help give you a better idea about what kind of training or career would be right for you.
- Explore Schools
- Consider a youth apprenticeship, internship or other work-based learning programs.
- Change can be difficult — you're on your own!
- Try taking some small steps towards independence this year, perhaps with more responsibility around your house.
Ca · reer
One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.
Col · lege
Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation. This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
College Can Change Everything