What’s Next: Life After High School

Graduation looming? Whether you’re going to college or planning a career, deciding your future can be stressful. Here are some handy resources to help you along the way.


Vermont Schools

Colleges in Vermont  Explore educational opportunities

Vermont State Colleges System  Learn about Vermont’s public higher education system

Colleges & Universities

Learning Express Library  Prepare for college, practice for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, and  discover career opportunities.  Brought to you by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Adventures in Education  Find your perfect school, finance your education, develop career goals, manage your money & more! All resources are free

BestColleges.com  Discover a college that’s just right for you!

Campus Tours  Take a virtual tour of your future college or university

College Board  Plan for college, practice for the PSAT, SAT, & AP tests, and figure out how to pay for it all!

College Navigator  Explore colleges and universities by location, type, degree, and program

College Prep 101   Discover everything you need to know to get ready for college

College Quest  Match your future career to the school that’s right for you

College Scorecard  Compare schools based on degrees, programs, location, and size. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education

Niche  Learn about different colleges from the students who attend there. Ranking and comparison tools available

The Princeton Review  Explore educational options, get homework help, receive private tutoring, and prep for college admissions tests

Unigo  Find your perfect school, then learn how to pay for it

U.S.  News Rankings  Search and compare different colleges and universities. Includes access to numerical rankings and lists so you can find the school that best fits your needs

Welcome to Smartgirl  Website designed to support and increase the number of teen girls and women pursuing degrees & careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Online Classes

Guide to Online Schools  Review the most popular online colleges and universities

OnlineU Compare online colleges and universities based on degree, tuition, student recommendation rate, and military benefits

Vocational Opportunities & General information

Career Colleges & Technical Schools  Get answers about career & technical schools.

Mapping Your Future  Browse different careers, plan for college, and uncover financial aid options.  Free private counseling available

My Future  Learn about your career, education, and military options

Next Step  Plan your post-high school life.



ACT  Everything you need to know to take the test!

Kaplan Test Prep  Learn about admissions tests from the experts. Free practice tests available!

Khan Academy  Free SAT prep!

The SAT  Learn about the SAT. Free practice tests & testing schedules available


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Big Future   Learn how to pay for college

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  Compare financial aid offers & learn how to repay student loan debt

eStudent Loan  Compare student loans and apply online

Federal Student Aid  Discover funding sources and see if you qualify.  Learn how to apply and manage loans

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   Apply for financial aid, check your application status, & learn about educational opportunities.  An office of the U.S. Department of Education

Nationally Coveted Scholarships and Fellowships   A list of prestigious scholarships with links to the organization offering the award. Also, a subject directory of scholarships, including scholarships for women, minorities and children K-12

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid  Scholarships, loans, military aid, and more!

Smart Scholar  Discover available scholarships


Career & Resume


High School Resumes  Sample resumes & writing tips from fellow high school students

How to write a resume for an internship  Free samples and guides included

The Resume Workbook for High School Students  Free worksheets to help you design your first resume

Cover Letters

Ultimate Guide to Writing Cover Letters

Job Interviews

5 ways to ace a job interview

Job interview Strategies for Teens   Advice for teens on job seeking, interviewing skills, and resume writing

General Summer Jobs

Find a summer job or internship

Summer Jobs  Find summer & seasonal positions available to teens

Apprenticeships & Internships

Apprenticeship  Learn about on-the-job vocational training. Sponsored by the United States Department of Labor

Job Corps  An education and training program designed to prepare you for future vocational employment


Jobs in Vermont

Jobs for Teens in Vermont  Includes information about local teen job fairs and career workshops

Nursing School 411  A one-stop shop for people interested in pursuing a nursing degree. State-by-state license requirements, salary information, school guides, and more!

Summer Camp Jobs in Vermont

Teen Jobs in Vermont

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps  A non-profit conservation & educational organization with the mission of teaching teens personal responsibility through meaningful work

Career Builder  A comprehensive guide for winning your dream job

Careers.org  Tailored links to major Internet job sites, employers, newspaper listings, and job services.  Also provided: resume writing tools, interview tips, and career information

Cool Works  Job listings for national parks, amusement parks, resorts, and camps

Jobs for Teens Headquarters  The largest free online resource designed for the teen job-hunter.  Information on full-time, part-time, online, side and summer positions

My First Paycheck  Job search site created by teens for teens

Occupational Outlook Handbook  Discover career information on education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations

Simply Hired  Match a job to your skills and location. Salary estimator available

Snag a Job The ultimate source for hourly employment

Zip Recruiter A career resource website that simplifies the job application process. Highlights: a webpage dedicated to college students seeking employment. Internships, entry-level positions, and summer jobs included!


Hands on Banking   Banking basics & beyond! How to write a check, create a budget, purchase your first car, and more.



Military.com  One of the largest online military resources.  Learn about military careers from people currently serving

Today’s Military   Information about joining the military designed for interested students.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense