Next Steps Center

What needs to be done this year?

  • Take career interest surveys.
  • Take notes on the results of the surveys.
  • Narrow down your career options to your top 3 careers based on your results of the surveys.
  • Speak to your counselor about your endorsement and see if it aligns with one of top 3 careers.
  • Find someone in the area/community/your family that has obtained one of your top 3 careers and interview them to find out:
    • Their joys and difficulties of the job
    • The day-in and day-out duties of the position
    • Reasons they became interested in that career (and see if they align with yours)
    • The path they took to get in that position
  • Learn about certifications or credit you can earn in high school through:
    • CTE courses
    • Dual Credit courses
    • AP courses
    • On-Ramps courses
  • Enroll in courses that align with your top 3 career options.
  • Learn how to request your transcript through Parchment.
  • Decide what pathway you want to take after high school.
    • University
    • Community College
    • Trade School
    • Military
  • Learn what entrance exam is required for your career pathway.
    • SAT/ACT (University, Community College)
    • TSI (Community College, Some Trade Schools)
    • ASVAB (Military)
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself by asking questions and seeking advice.
  • Build your resume in high school.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Get involved in the community with community service hours.
  • Learn good study habits and how to make good decisions inside and outside school.
  • Find and build a good rapport with 3 staff members on campus that can help you through your high school experience (and that you can use as references later).
  • Take career interest surveys.
  • Narrow down your career options to your top career choice based on your results of the surveys.
  • Speak to your counselor about your endorsement and see if it aligns with your top choice.
  • Find someone in the area/community/your family that has obtained your top career choice and ask about:
    • Job shadowing
    • High school internships during summer
    • Entry level positions you can obtain
    • Ways you can learn more about the career
  • Learn about certifications or credit you can earn in high school through:
    • CTE courses
    • Dual credit courses
    • AP courses
    • On-Ramps courses
  • Enroll in courses that you can earn a certification or college credit.
  • Learn how to request your transcript through Parchment.
  • Tour campuses and schools to decide what campus fits you best.
  • Decide on your top 3 schools you want to attend after high school.
  • Meet with college and/or military recruiters of your top 3 choices.
  • Take the necessary entrance exam required for your top 3 schools/military branch.
    • University: SAT/ACT (Collegeboard.org/Act.org)
    • Community College: SAT/ACT/TSI (Collegeboard.org/Act.org/Next Steps Center)
    • Trade School: TSI (Next Steps Center)
    • Military: ASVAB (Next Steps Center)
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself by asking questions and seeking advice.
  • Build your resume in high school.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Get involved in the community with community service hours.
  • Learn good study habits and how to make good decisions inside and outside school.
  • Find and build a good rapport with 3 staff members on campus that can help you through your high school experience (and that you can use as references later).
  • Speak to your counselor to make sure you have all the credits and requirements necessary for graduation.
  • Find someone in the area/community/your family that has obtained your top career choice and ask about:
    • Job shadowing
    • High school internships during the summer
    • Entry level positions you can obtain
    • Ways you can learn more about the career
  • Learn about certifications or credit you can earn in high school through:
    • CTE courses
    • Dual Credit courses
    • AP courses
    • On-Ramps courses
  • Enroll in courses that you can earn a certification or college credit
    • Register, study, and take certification exams
    • Register, study, and take AP exams
  • Register to take college/military entrance exams.
    • SAT (collegeboard.org)
    • ACT (act.org)
    • ASVAB (Next Steps Center)
    • TSI (Next Steps Center)
  • Decide on your top 3 schools you want to attend after high school.
  • Apply for your top 3 schools through:
    • Go Apply Texas (New Website: goapplytexas.org)
    • Common Application
    • Trade school website
  • Meet with college and/or military recruiters of your top 3 choices.
  • Send your transcripts through Parchment to the colleges/schools you applied to.
  • Finalize your resume in high school.
  • Send your resume to the colleges/schools you applied to.
  • Apply for FAFSA/TAFSA (financial aid).
  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Learn about financial responsibilities and student loans.
  • Ask 3 staff members to be references on your behalf.
  • Give plenty of time for your references to write a recommendation letter.
  • Send your resume to your references for them to use as a guide when writing the letters.
  • Send thank-you notes to your references after receiving the letters.
  • Once accepted to your school of choice, meet with an advisor from that school about your degree plan.
  • Graduate high school and take the NEXT STEP!

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