College & Career Resources

COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

A doctor? An engineer? A plumber? Not knowing what your plans are after completing high school can be a frightening experience. Luckily, there are many free sites that can help you decide on a career based on your interests and skills. The earlier you know which career you are interested in, the easier it is to complete tasks like searching for the right college and major. 

High school students approaching graduation have two choices: 1. Enter the job market  or  2. Go to college.  Preferably you will choose a career that not only pays the bills, but also gives a sense of self-worth and belonging. No matter what type of career you choose, consider how it is going to help you accomplish your goals. Use the links below to get started on your career path!


College Resources

College Exploration
Helpful Sites:

Adventures In Education

www.aie.org

Big Future

www.BigFuture.CollegeBoard.org

College For All Texans

www.CollegeForAllTexans.com

Generation Texas

www.gentx.org

Texas Consumer Resources for Education and Workforce Statistics

www.txcrews.org

College Readiness Exams

These college readiness exams, beginning with the PSAT in 8th grade, provide students the opportunity to evaluate their current academic skills and work to improve, before taking the final step in the College Readiness Pathway which is the TSI, SAT and the ACT, in eleventh grade.

Apply to College
Apply for Financial Aid

FAFSA- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

www.FAFSA.gov

Federal Student Aid Information Center

www.StudentAid.gov
1-800-4-FED-AID

Fast Web- Online resource to help find scholarships to help you pay for school.

www.FastWeb.com

Scholarships

www.Scholarships.com

CSSP (some schools require)-The College Scholarship Service Profile, is an online application created and maintained by the United States-based College Board that allows college students to apply for non-federal financial aid

www.cssprofile.collegeboard.org

HS Campus Counseling Services
Campus specific course interest and student information request forms as noted in the course catalog can be found on each campus Counseling Services website:

Leander
High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Cedar Park
High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services 

Rouse
High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Vista Ridge
High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Vandegrift
High School

College & Career Center
Counseling Services

Glenn
High School

College &  Career Center
Counseling Services

Career Resources

Career Exploration

Will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want?

www.TexasRealityCheck.com

What are your career options?

www.TexasCareerCheck.com

Auto Coder- Job list search

autocoder.lmci.state.tx

Career Planning Tools & FREE career assessment

www.TexasGenuine.org

www.texasgearup.com

www.mynextmove.org

Texas Workforce Commission

www.lmci.state.tx.us

careerinformation@twc.state.tx.us

512-936-3200

Career Readiness Handbook

https://Tinyurl.com/THECBhandbook

Help Wanted Online

www.texasindustryprofiles.com/apps/mHWOL/index.asp

Skills to Pay The Bills- Workforce skills for success

www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills

*Please note that the inventories only give suggestions as to what you should pursue based on your responses. 

Interview Tips
Personal Presentations- How to present yourself professionally at the interview.

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/how-to-dress-for-a-job-interview

Common Interview Questions- Most common interview questions asked and how to handle them. 
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/top-interview-questions-and-answers

Questions You Can Ask During Your Interview- Asking good questions shows that you are interested and prepared.
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/questions-to-ask-in-an-interview

Thank You Letter- Thank you letters are a great closer in the job search process.
https://www.livecareer.com/letters/thank-you