• Talk to friends and family about careers and possible school choices. Counselors, teachers, parents, other family members, and friends are all good sources of information and support.
  • Explore career interests. There are lots of different ways to achieve your career goals, including technical colleges, apprenticeships, cooperative education opportunities (“co-ops”), community colleges, military programs or schools, and traditional 2 or 4-year postsecondary schools.
  • Consult with your middle and high school counselors to find out which courses you should take that will qualify you to attend certain colleges and/or enter certain career fields.
  • Investigate Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and honors coursework, as well as Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR), the Program of Study career and technical courses/programs statewide articulation opportunities, and dual enrollment opportunities that are related to your career interests.
  • Discuss your financial situation with your parents to see how they can assist you in paying for your education. Work together to establish a savings plan in which you can participate, such as a PA 529 plan.
  • Do not forget about extra-curricular activities! Whether you enjoy athletics, music, art, volunteerism, or employment, what you do outside the classroom is important, too!