Your dream job is out there. But you may not have even heard of it yet.

Some people know what they want to do for a career when they are very young. But maybe you’re unsure! There are jobs out there you haven’t even heard of. Learn about hundreds of different types of jobs from these helpful tools.

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Find a job you’ll be good at.

You know by now that you have strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you’re better at math than writing, or better at working with your hands than using a computer. Find a job that plays to your strengths.

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Hear about a future you’ve never dreamed of.

So far, you probably know about the jobs you’ve seen people around you do. You know teachers and doctors. But do you know consultants? Do you know actuaries? Your perfect job may be out there and you haven’t even heard of it yet! Learn what education pathway will get you there.

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Learn what jobs will have openings when you graduate.

Whether you start work after high school graduation or after college, you have to plan for an unknown future. Different jobs need new workers at different times. Browse tools that teach you what will be popular when you are ready to work.

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Plan for your financial future.

Do you know how much money someone is paid at your dream job? Compare salaries in different careers and learn how that can impact how you live your life.

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Middle School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

Man in graduation cap selecting from tiny versions of himself as doctor, businessman, chef and construction worker
MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes

Early High School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

Trees covered in snow
Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
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The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
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Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
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Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

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MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

Swirling galaxies with MiddleGalaxy logo
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

MapMyGrad lightning bolt logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

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GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors

Late High School

College Costs: Four Tips for Four Types
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As college acceptances and financial aid award letters start rolling in for high school seniors, families are beginning to count the cost of these postsecondary options. The cost of attendance for each college includes four main types of expenses. Understanding these types of expenses, some direct and some indirect, will help families decide whether a college is a financial fit and find ways to cut costs.

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Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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Starting the Conversation: Financial Aid Award Letters
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As we leave 2018 FAFSA priority deadlines behind us, students are checking their portals and mailboxes for their financial aid award letters. As they gear up to make big decisions about their financial and educational future, here are a series of helpful terms and questions to help guide students through their award letters.

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Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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The Basics: Scholarship Applications
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Starting the scholarship process can be overwhelming for students! Here, we’ve organized our tips into four simple steps to get students started on their application process, with downloadable resources for students, parents, and educators.

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When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

Woman's hands working at laptop
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

Text - help students understand the national merit scholarship
Access Additional College Scholarship Funds with CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
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In October, many college counselors and advisers are heads-down focused on helping students with FAFSA and TASFA applications. However, did you know students and families may qualify for additional financial aid through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This application is used by 300+ colleges and scholarship providers and, like the SAT, is administered by the College Board.

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Navigating the Many College Application Systems
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The various college application systems each have unique characteristics that that can make it hard for even the most seasoned counselor to quickly and easily remember specific details. Fortunately, Texas OnCourse has put together a one page resource you can hang in your classroom to make it easy to remember.

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TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Common App: 3 Things to Know
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While the Common App makes it easier to apply to many colleges, including most Ivy League schools and many private colleges across the nation, that doesn’t make the college application process simple. Here are 3 top tips for students as well as for counselors, parents and guardians using the Common App.

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Best Practices: FAFSA Resources
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Among young people who did not finish college, nearly seven in 10 have no idea what FAFSA is, according to a 2011 survey. This not only undercuts their ability to pay for, and complete, college. It also makes them vulnerable to scamming and other malicious acts.

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Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

Woman and man reading smart phone, labeled lifestyle calculator
GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Texas Internship Challenge
JOBS AND CAREERS

High schoolers explore careers and gain real-world experience in order to become more workforce ready. Employers also take the challenge.

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Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors
Texas Genuine
JOBS AND CAREERS | COLLEGE PLANNING

Texas Genuine enables students to explore future careers and take an assessment to understand their skills and interests. Students can use that information to explore college programs.

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Texas Wages
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Help students explore the difference between future careers and how much they pay with this simple tool from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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AutoCoder
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource helps students quickly locate O*Net codes, used to find more information on specific occupations, by simply typing in keywords or phrases.

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TWC Help Wanted Online
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource from the Texas Workforce Commission enables students to look at available jobs and explore technical education options.

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My Next Move
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

In this resource from the US Department of Labor, explore the skills, education, and even the personality traits necessary for various careers.

Screenshot: My Next Move Homepage. Buttons to search for careers, browse careers by energy or share interests