Post-Secondary Resources

Discovering What You Want To Do With Your Life

The career search process is multifaceted beginning with thinking through your talents, abilities, and desires for your life. These resources can help you discover what career(s) you may be interested in and then will help you explore the type of training you need to get into that career -- on-the-job experience, certification from a vocational or trade school, a degree from a two-year or four-year college/university, or a graduate degree.

College Fairs and Events

Most college fairs happen in September and early October.

Mountain Vista High School - In-State and Out-of-State College Fair and Workshops

10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Monarch High School - Out-of-State College Night

329 Campus Drive, Louisville, CO 80027

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Lakewood High School - Out-of-State College Night

9700 W. 8th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215

Thursday, October 4, 2018 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

Career/College Major Exploration

What career are you interested in? Does your career interest require apprenticeship, vocational/technical school, two-year college, or four-year college preparation? What is the demand for a specific career?

Here are some resources to help you get information about college majors and careers across the country:

College in Colorado - career inventories

CollegeBoard - college major and career profiles

ACTStudent - explore college majors and occupations

Princeton Review - career quiz and career profiles

Kiersey - personality test and temperment sorter - occupation profiles and career planning

O Net - occupation searches by industry and skills

College Majors 101 - detailed information on majors

College Search Websites

Naviance - search schools using various criteria

BrainTrack - list of worldwide universities

US Colleges & Universities - listings by state

The Common Application - download forms, member schools

Big Future by the College Board - search schools using various criteria

unigo - college search, stats, and reviews

U-CAN - profiles of schools with great visuals

U.S. News Education - college rankings and lists

College Navigator - search schools using various criteria

NICHE - search, reviews and rankings of schools

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. - updated news on issues impacting higher education

College Click TV- videos of schools

eCampusTours - 360 degree virtual tours of schools

Youniversity TV - student-produced college video tours

College Confidential - discussion groups on schools

FairTest - test optional schools

Colleges That Change Lives - profiles of select schools

College Portraits - profiles of colleges

Cappex - search colleges and scholarships

College Atlas - search by state, country, and major

Consumer Reports - match colleges to your interests

YouVisit - virtual campus tours


Some careers do not require an associate's or bachelor's degree, but do require the completion of an apprecticeship. To learn more about apprenticeships, read through the following resources:

U.S. Dept of Labor Registered Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Training Resources

Union Apprenticeship Programs

CollegeinColorado Apprenticeship List

Emily Griffith Technical College Registered Apprenticeship Training

Military Information

If you are considering a career in the military, visit these resources:

U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Programs

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)

Gap Year

Some students chose to delay college for a year. This year in between high school graduation and the commencement of college is referred to as a "gap year". Instead of college, students may spend the year traveling, participating in community service,securing an internship or working full-time.

If you are interested in a gap year, it is recommended that you still apply to college during your senior year and then request that your admittance be deferred for a year, if the college allows this. If you wait to apply to college until your gap year, make sure you stay in touch with your counselor to receive any needed help during the admissions process.

For more information on a gap year, browse these resources: