Planning for Career and College

7th & 8th Grade 
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Now is a great time to start exploring your passions and interests.  Your interests can lead to a potential career or help you figure out what you want to study in college.The website Utah Futures has a quiz you can take that can help narrow down your interests. Click here to begin.9th Grade 
Do you know the difference between an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree? It is never too early to learn about the different types of schools and degrees that are available to you. Below you will see a list of the types of degrees that you can earn and how long you need to go to college to earn each degree.

  • Certificate: Generally one-year programs that lead directly to entry-level employment in a specific occupation such as pilot, diesel mechanic, or massage therapist.
  • Associate Degree (A.A., A.S.): Two-year programs that provide a foundation for transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Some students finish a two-year degree and get a great job such as a correction officer, nuclear medicine technologist, radiation therapist, or construction manager. Others keep going to finish a bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.): Four-year programs that provide in-depth, specialized knowledge in a major or field of study. With a bachelor’s degree you can become a teacher, a research analyst, or a business consultant.
  • All of those degrees are called “undergraduate” degrees. Some people want even more schooling, so they go on to get “graduate” degrees. Here are the types:
  • Master’s: Master’s degrees prepare students for occupations that include education, engineering, or business. If you get your Master’s degree you can become an engineer, social worker or physician’s assistant.
  • Professional Degree: Programs offered at a post graduate level, usually after earning a bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience. These people might become doctors, lawyers or dentists.
  • Doctorate Degree (PhD): Deep experience and knowledge in a particular field of study. College professors usually have PhDs, as do the scientists working at NASA.

10th Grade
Now is a great time to start making a list of colleges that you are interested in learning about. Once you have that list you can start thinking about questions that you would like to ask the different colleges. This will help you make a decision on your top choices.

Below is the list of schools in the state of Utah. Spend some time exploring the different school websites to see what they have to offer! Look beyond your back door for the right college for you.

You can go to the website of the colleges that you are interested in and sign up to receive informational materials from them.
University of Utah
Utah State University
Weber State University
Southern Utah University
Snow College
Dixie State University
Utah Valley University
Salt Lake Community College
Utah State University Eastern
Brigham Young University
LDS Business College
Westminster College

11th Grade
Next year around this time you will be applying for college. Now is a great time to think about where you want to apply. Most students apply to more than one college. Will you stay in state or look out of state? Do you want a big school or a smaller one where you’re likely to know almost everyone?

You can go to the website of the colleges that you are interested in and sign up to receive informational materials from them for FREE!
University of Utah
Utah State University
Weber State University
Southern Utah University
Snow College
Dixie State University
Utah Valley University
Salt Lake Community College
Utah State University Eastern
Brigham Young University
LDS Business College
Westminster College

To learn about out of state colleges, search here:

12th Grade
Don’t let free money slip through your fingertips. The Regents’ Scholarship application is now open, which means you could be eligible for up to $6,400. The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. Click here to apply TODAY! And don’t forget the priority deadline is December 19, 2014 and the final deadline is February 2, 2014.

To look at the specific requirements you can visit the website to look at the 2014-2015 program guide .

Questions? Call the Regents’ Scholarship hotline and talk to someone. 801-321-7159 or email to

In reading this page you will receive information about how to use to discover your career interests and how to connect those career interests into realistic goals!

This page will walk you through 4 Steps
1 – Develop Career Interests
2 – Research Career Interests
3 – What training or education needed to become this career?
4 – How can I get to this training/program/education?


The best thing you can do beginning in middle school to become college and career ready is GET INFORMED.
Begin by exploring careers that sound interesting to is a great website that provides A TON of information and activities to help students explore careers. Your counselors and teachers at OHMS have also designed activities and events throughout the year to inspire students to begin thinking about life after school and student goals. (7th Grade CTE Guidance Rotation, Career Days, Job Shadow Day, Reality Town)Step 1 – Develop Career Interests
If you are having a hard time knowing where to start – START HERE –
Click on “Browse Utahfutures” on the bottom right section of your screen. 
Home Page Of Utah Futures, Browse
Then select the “Assessments” tab along the top of the screen.
This gives you a drop down menu of different career interest assessments they have available. These assessments can help you identify your interest and match them to categories of careers. They do not tell you what you should be but can help you understand what career areas may match your interests and values.
To take the assessment simply click on the name.

  • Career Cluster Inventory
  • Interest Profiler
  • SKILLS Assessment
  • Work Importance Locator
  • Reality Check 

Assessments Link

Step 2 – Research Your Career Interests 
Use or other resources you may have (parents/family friend with experience in this career) to find out the details of what this job entails.
Things you should research about your career interests:

  • What do they do on a daily basis? (Would I enjoy this? As an adult you spend a large portion of your day at your job, make sure it is something you like to do:) .)
  • On average how much money does this career make? (Does this amount allow me to live the lifestyle I would like? Think about the future – what about having a family? Does it allow you to live the lifestyle you would like for yourself AND your family.)
  • What kind of training or education do I need to become this career? – Is this college/training goal inline with your current academic performance. I.E. If you would like to become a doctor (which requires around 9 years of college) but you don’t like to go to school, do homework, or study. You may need to look at realigning your goals, whether this be recommitting yourself to your schoolwork so becoming a doctor IS a possibility or looking at a career that would allow you to do what you love, but not require you to do as much schooling. 
Use to Research Careers

  • First go to the home page – 
  • Select the “Browse” on the right hand side of the screen. 

Homepage on Utah, red circle around browse link


Hover over the “Occupations” Tab at the top of the page and then select “Occupations” from the menu below.


Red Circle around Occupations link

  • Search for different careers by selecting the Alpha at the top of the screen corresponding with the beginning letter of the career you would like to view. Or use the search tool in the top right hand of the screen. When you find the career you are interested in click it!
  • You can find all sorts of information about this career by looking through the tabs on the left hand side of the screen. 
  •      How much money does this career make? (At the beginning, end, out of the state, in-state)
  •      What courses can I take in high school that have to do with this career? 
  •      What is the outlook for this career? Are there projected openings in the future?Occupation Example page on information about physical therapists assistants, with search bar for other occupations


Step 3 – What training or education needed to become this career??
You can use to help you with this step. When you are in the profile of the career of your choice on look on the left hand side for “Programs of Study”. This page will let you see the different degrees or programs available that will qualify you to work as this profession. Then click on the program of study you are interested in finding more information.


Occupations information link


Step 4 – How can I get to this training/program/education? 
Now that you know what you want to do, what training or education is required – you need to know how to get to this training or education. 
Once you click on the Program of Study you would like to find more information about it will bring up a new profile for that particular program of study. On the left hand side you can navigate and select the different tabs to get information.
Select the “State Schools” or “US Colleges and Universities” on the left hand side to see where you could go to receive this training. 
List of Universities
Select a school you would like to know more information about.
Admissions Information

This will bring up a profile for the specific college you have selected. You can navigate buttons on the left hand side of the screen to view all kinds of information about the program, college, or university.

Start by selecting the “Admissions” tab on the left hand side of the screen.
This will give you more information and help you set goals to ensure that you are putting yourself in a good position to be accepted into this school.
Things to look at are

  • How many students apply vs. how many students get in?
  • Tuition costs
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Application deadlines
  • Average ACT and GPA of incoming freshman (pictured below)

GPA Information on the college or university

This information tells you that the majority of freshman (1st year college students) who were accepted at this school scored between an 18 – 23 on their ACT. This also tells you that the average High School GPA of students at this school is a 3.2.
If your goal is to attend this school you should anticipate to be a competitive candidate to get a 3.2 and 21 on the ACT.

Additional Career & College Exploration Websites:

Career and College Explorations Websites (College Exploration) (College Exploration) (Career Exploration) (Career Exploration) (Utah Women & Education Initiative) (Utah Educational Savings Plan)


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