2.  Career Path Options  - College, Vocational, Military and GED

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 Career Options 

          Career Choices:    Your career search begins by discovering your options.  Make a random list of  40 or more potential career choices.  One suggested site for finding this information is O*net Online.   All "career cluster choices" and "information " are alphabetically listed. Imagine being in a Candy store where you could pick and choose any of the candy you would like to buy.  You are now in a career store where you can pick any career that you would like to do for the rest of your life.  

   College:    Start with “BrainTrack” College Finder and “ Get On the Right Track   with College Navigator. College Rankings will balance academic, student life, and affordability. Find the best: dorms, Food, Football Programs, Location, Value, Party, Private, Technology, Hardest and many more categories for choosing a college. Search for a college of your choice on American School Search or Peterson’s. Explore your college choice by selecting from the following categories: Test scores and selectivity, type of school, Location, campus and housing, majors and learning environment, sports and activities, Academic Credit, Paying, Support Services, or diversity.  If you are in the 9th grade, and you took your summers to search for you life career, would it be worth it to search for 9 months to decide what you will do for the next 40 years of your life?  You have a Big Future, if you search now.  Most colleges require entrance testing. Here is a great tool for testing your knowledge, and improving your scores. (beta) If you are in question as to whether you should go to college or to a technical/vocational school the following advice is from a site that is about nursing, but the advice can be generalized to any person  who is deciding between college and vocational /technical school. College-bound.  

There are Top Notch Universities that offer courses  online.   If you have very little money or cannot physically attend college right now, try these accredited online colleges. Be sure and check out the video: “Is your online program legit”.   The following is a list from Wikipedia of “Online Colleges” in the United States.  Or, apply for Grants at grants.gov . Additional sources of college help with expenses can be found on  Textbook Revolution,  a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.  Before taking out a student loan, do some calculations with the “Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator”.   (More on College - college cost, 6 ways to pay for college, scholarships, tests and sports recruitment. )


    Technical and Vocational:      Perhaps you are thinking of a technical and vocational approach to your future. Here is a site that may help you to decide. ED.gov  Another informative site is the Federal Trade Commission. You may want to study for one, two, or three years, and then go right out into the job market.  "Vocational Information Center" is another excellent source of information. All avenues of scholarship and financial planning are similar  to the planning you would do for a regular four year college. Hundreds of videos for technical and vocational Jobs can be found on Skills One TV.    Many careers in the Technical and Vocational area require certification. The following site gives excellent details for the requirements necessary for job certifications. 


      Military:    Considering more options?  The military offers outstanding career choices.  The military offers combat positions as well as civilian career versions that could later translate into a civilian job. "Many military specialties give service members experience in human resource management, office administration, maintenance, data entry, and computer software engineering."  If you are interested in a military career and faster advancement check out the military schools The National Guard may offer you a chance to learn job skills, get paid and go to college at the same time.


      Merchant Marine:  “…The US Merchant Marine consists of privately owned  US registered merchant ships and a variety of towing, offshore supply, and passenger vessels which provide waterborne transportation for passengers and cargoes moving in domestic and international commerce…"

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy  Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk, VA provides maritime training for Basic Safety Training (BST), Able Bodied Seaman (AB), Designated Duty Engineer (DDE), Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD), Vessel Security Officer (VSO), and all Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) courses. We are USCG approved to teach over 95 Deck and Engineering courses to meet the needs of merchant mariners everywhere. There is no better place to go to in the United States for your MARITIME TRAINING than the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk, Virginia!


       GED: General Educational Development:  Or you may just choose to get your GED.   Entry Level Jobs  This web site holds thousands upon thousands of avenues for aspiring workers to find entry-level employment. With the click of a mouse, job hunters can access employment opportunities in a myriad of industries, including fast food, retail, administration, restaurant, and delivery.  GED  information by State, subject, overview, practice tests and much more: Test Guide.  Additional help can be found at the Adult Learning Center      The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach, through the Adult Learning Center has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to adult education. The adult and continuing education program was created during the mid 1960's and was called Adult and Vocational Education. Mr. James Darden was chosen as the first public school director of an Adult Education program in the state of Virginia. Mrs. Bonnie Mizenko followed as Director, and Mr. Paul Palombo is the current Director. "  


       Civil Service  Why work for the government?   Many things should be taken into account when you are planning for a career in civil service.  Career Planning: Qualifications and Requirements for Civil Service Jobs is an excellent article about these considerations.

                   Federal Government:  People often say jobs are difficult to find, but the Department of State has "intern" positions just waiting for qualified students.  You might find a specific career on the site United States Federal jobs and  set your career goals now.  

                     State Government:  Why consider careers in local government?    State and local careers are very rewarding. (Check out the drop down boxes in the upper left corner of  this site.)

                     Benefits:     What are the benefits of a civil service career?



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