Career Exploration


Here are a number of alternatives instead of going straight to college. Listed below are just a few.

Job Corps

The United States' largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Since 1964, Job Corps has served generations of young adults through intensive programs of education, vocational training, work experience, and counseling. The Job Corps program has prepared millions of young men and women for meaningful work. Job Corps is designed to assist young people who need and can benefit from the multifaceted approach provided in the residential setting of a Job Corps Center. The program is highly targeted to disadvantaged youth facing multiple barriers to employment. Job Corps provides a comprehensive mix of service which addresses these multiple barriers in an integrated and coordinated manner in one facility.

Taking Time Off After High School
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Travel, Academic, and Volunteer Links

Amigos de las Americas
Volunteer to spend your summer providing public health services to our neighbors in Latin America. Young people from the US develop leadership skills and an understanding of other cultures while participating in this unique program.

BUNAC-Working Adventures Worldwide
BUNAC programs offer students and young people and enriching and affordable alternative to package tourism. On a BUNAC program, you have the chance to live and breathe another culture from the inside instead of merely passing through as a tourist.

City Year
City Year is an innovative service organization that unites diverse young leaders, ages 17 to 24, for a challenging year of full-time service, leadership, and civic engagement beginning each August. Corps members receive a weekly stipend and are eligible for over $4000 in post-service awards for college or job training after serving on the front lines of America's most critical issues by eradicating racism and other social barriers.

InterExchange Programs
The Summer Youth Blitz is a unique service experience for a diverse group of youth, ages 16 to 18, from high schools and youth organizations around the United States. During this program, 15 to 20 youth participants and adult leaders "blitz build" an entire Habitat house in two weeks.

Nancel Open Door 
This group promotes international understanding and language education by offering accessible, high-quality exchange programs with a well-structured support network.

National Outdoor Leadership School
NOLS, the premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, offers courses 10 days to full semesters in the worlds most spectacular outdoor classrooms. Offerings are available for 14 years old and up.

PAX - Program of Academic Exchange
PAX offers both inbound and outbound high school/home stay programs. The programs are built on the simple concept that we can best learn about a different culture and best master a foreign language by living as a family member in that country.

Study Abroad
Check out programs for high school students.

Job Related Links

Center for INTERIM Programs
INTERIM offers the opportunity to explore different areas of interest via a personally tailored, experience-based format. Since its inception in 1980, INTERIM has designed creative "time on" for over 3,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 70 and has created an ever-growing database of over 4000 options worldwide.

JobMonkey.Com: "The Coolest Jobs on Earth"
Search for summer jobs, seasonal jobs, and year-round jobs worldwide.

Military Related Links

Military Career Guide Online

This is the leading career information resource for the military world of work. It gives you details on 152 enlisted and officer occupations with civilian counterparts where applicable.

United States Air Force

United States Army

United States Coast Guard

United States Marine Corps

United States Navy

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