After high school...what next?

What are you going to do with the rest of your life? It’s a huge question, and there are so many options. What’s right for you? We’ll help you start finding answers.

What kind of person am I?

Humanetrics Personality Test — Answer a list of questions to determine which of sixteen personality types fits you best.
Temperament Sorter — See if you’re a Guardian, Artisan, Idealist, or Rational.

What jobs/careers match my interests and abilities?

Career Key — Take a test to measure your skills, abilities, values, interests, and personality. See which careers match.
Career Quiz — Find your career interest and career style. Sign up for a free account to see careers that match your quiz results.
My Own Biz — Find out if owning your own business is right for you and learn how to make it happen

What’s that career really like? What kind of training/education do I need?

What Interests You? -- Explore career information based on the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Illinois Career Resource Network — Wages, education requirements, and job duties for nearly 500 occupations Students can use Illinois Schools and Financial Aid Sort.
CareerOneStop — Learn more about potential careers by watching these online videos.

Don’t forget to use the valuable resources in your own high school

Champaign Central’s College & Career Center
Champaign Centennial’s College & Career Center
Champaign Central’s Counseling Web Sites

How do I prepare for college? How can I do well on that test?

"What's My Major?" Quiz — Take a 30 question quiz from Loyola to get some suggestions.
College Planning Guidelines — Follow these suggestions to keep your plan on schedule.

Testing and Education Reference Center — Along with taking practice tests, get access to online books with tips for success. As your authorization number, enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number. No card? Use this on a library computer.

How do I pick a school or get other kinds of training/experience?

Princeton Review's 358 Best Colleges
US News and World Report’s Best Colleges
ThinkQuest Alternatives to College — Find out about votech schools, apprenticeships, travel abroad, military academies, internships, and independent learning; click on Visit Site to enter.

How will I pay for school or training?

Federal Student Aid — Everything you need to know about federal student aid.
ThinkQuest Financial Aid — Military aid, national service, college aid, loans, work study, tax credit, scholarships, federal programs, and fellowships and grants.

How do I prepare for a job interview and write a resume and cover letter?

Resume builder, interview tips, how to write a cover letter, from My Future — Create a resume, find tips about interviewing, and see examples of cover letters.

Resume samples, Adventures in Education site
Your rights to a safe workplace --What types of work can you do? What hours can you work? What are your rights and responsibilitites?

How do I find current job openings in CU?

News-Gazette job listings
IlliniHelpWanted.com
The Career Center at Parkland College
Illinois’ Job Bank

Other Resources

In Spanish, Adventures in Education — All in Spanish, see a calendar for college prep activities, financial aid deadlines, online videos for FAFSA, college aid calculator.
US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

This information was put together as part of the After High School initiative, supported by a $36,500 grant. Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Health

Two other big issues now: taking care of your body and your wallet.

Teen Health
Teenage Health Freak
Go Ask Alice!
Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Money

Practical Money Skills
My Own Biz