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What are your education and career goals?

Your career and educational goals need to match. You can’t be an architect without a master’s degree and a license, for example. If you want to be a vet, you’ll have even more school ahead of you.

1. Explore your interests.

Take a career interest assessment to see how your skills and interests match with jobs. Investigate the daily life of someone with a career you admire to make sure you will be happy in your chosen career.

2. Set your education goal.

As you’re exploring careers with the resources listed above, you will notice that they require different levels of education. Make it your goal to earn the degree or credential required for your future career. You can read more about associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s and doctorate degrees and other education options. Or explore pathways after a bachelor's degree, which show average earnings in different career fields at each level of college education, including a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree.

3. Plan your path to college.

To get into college and earn the degree you’ll need, you need to do well in school now. Read about succeeding in school and preparing for college. If you are a high school student or will be starting high school soon, you should also read about creating your graduation plan. If you don’t have a Core 40 diploma (in some cases, a Core 40 diploma with Academic or Technical Honors), you may not be accepted at your college of choice.

4. Save for your education.

Start saving for college early. Savings will reduce your college debt and will help you be able to attend your top choice for college. College is a big investment, but it will be worth it.

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