Helpful Links & Resources
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
What is College?
A college or a university is a place where you can go after you graduate from high school to learn about particular subjects you are interested in.
Subjects you may want to study include business, nursing, computer systems, biotechnology, politics, graphics and many more. You can study any topic that interests you!
What is a Career?
A career is an occupation (job) or profession that often requires a college degree. You may not know what you want to be when you grow up, but think about the things you like to do and what careers match your interests.
Why Do You Go To College?
College offers the opportunity to explore many different interests and ideas, to meet a variety of people, and to learn about yourself. You go to college to earn a degree (like an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree). The degree demonstrates that you have obtained the knowledge and skills required for many careers. A college degree can help you earn more money, opportunities and jobs.
It’s Never Too Early To Start Preparing For College.
Start by thinking about what you would like to do for a career and map out a plan to get there. Here are some common questions and answers to help you get started on your road to college.
I’m Not Sure About Going To College. What Options Do I Have?
There are many options available to you. Explore various occupations in Career Outlook articles:
- Employment outlook for occupations that don’t require a formal educational credential
- Employment outlook for high school-level occupations
- Career planning for high schoolers
- Strong growth projected in fitness and recreational sports centers, 2018–28
- Focusing on style: Careers in personal appearance
- Got skills? Think manufacturing
Also, for occupations requiring different educational levels read the article, High-wage occupations by typical entry-level education, 2017.