Education & Career Pathways
Education & Career Toolkit
Have a financial aid offer? This tool can help you plan to finish your program with debt you can afford.
This page lists the different career types present at the Department of Justice (DOJ). It also allows you to search for jobs and provides descriptions of various student programs and opportunities.
Want to learn more about funding opportunities through the Department of Justice (DOJ)? This webpage describes grants available to individuals and communities regarding law, crime, and public safety.
Interested in a career in commerce? This site lists job opportunities at the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) nine offices and bureaus. It also provides information about the Department’s internship program.
Want to learn more about the field of economics? This site explains topics that are relevant to the work of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), as well as innovative practices at BEA.
Interested in national security? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Careers webpage features information on employee benefits, how to apply for jobs with DHS, and a job search function.
Interested in grants through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)? This site presents information on managing the grant process, HHS contracts, and small business programs.
If you are considering a career in health, you can explore training opportunities through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Within HHS, multiple agencies offer student programs.
Use this tool to search careers by industry, skills, and salary. You can also browse articles on how to find a job, build a network, and polish your resume, cover letter and job interview.
This site can help you explore your job, education, and financial aid options. Try out helpful tools like an interest assessment, college scorecards, financial aid, and college cost comparisons.
The CCRS Center houses resources on college and career readiness programs, measures, and research. Browse blog posts, implementation tools, and publications on a wide array of subtopics.
This page explains career pathways programs. These programs help make sure people have the right skills and training for their desired career. Check out their detailed framework and educational video!
Trying to plan your career and education path? Consider using this tool! The Career Clusters Framework for Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs features 16 Career Clusters and 79 Career Pathways.
OYSI gives service experience to youth who face a variety of challenges. During their service, youth can fulfill high school requirements, gain job skills, and more! Explore programs across the U.S.
This resource offers information about career pathways with an emphasis on racial and socioeconomic equity. Here you can browse news articles and briefs on career pathways research and policy.
This site features various internship, leadership, and volunteer programs - both domestic and international. Check out the “Recent Posts” section to the right of the page for more opportunities.
This page helps to spread information about youth summer work experiences. Check out IWGYP’s resource list, a STEM Occupations fact sheet, a Youth Tip Sheet, and many other resources!
This page allows you to explore the different types of jobs, internships, and fellowships U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) offers. It also includes current job openings and a video entitled “Why I Work for USAID.”
This resource lists employment opportunities at the U.S. Department of State. For students, click on the “Student Programs” link to learn about internships and other valuable professional experiences.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) Careers in Motion Website allows you to learn about the organization’s pay, benefits, job openings, application process, and internship programs for students.
This page describes the types of jobs available at the National Science Foundation (NSF). These include administrative, managerial, science/engineering/education, and business operations positions.
This page has information about many types of government benefits, grants, and loans. Topics include affordable rental housing, food and unemployment assistance, and financial aid for students.
This page provides information on all levels of education, including college and higher education. There are also sections on applying for financial student aid and managing student loans.
This page houses resources for individuals who are looking for jobs. Here you can learn information about different careers, tips for the job search, unemployment help, and employment laws.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves America’s natural resources and cultural heritage. This page includes information about jobs, volunteering, and pathways programs for students to get involved.
Careers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides information about the organization’s mission, job application process, and opportunities for students and recent graduates.
Youth employment programs can increase young adults’ money management skills and access to financial tools. This webpage provides resources for youth employment programs’ staff, partners and funders.
Managing finances can be confusing and stressful. The CFPB’s Consumer Tools page provides answers to financial questions as well as guides for financial decisions such as paying for college.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) leads service in the United States. CNCS’s Careers page features current open positions (“Current Vacancies”) and internship information.
Want to learn more about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)? This page explains the FDIC’s history, mission, and work. It also describes benefits of working for the FDIC, recruitment, how to apply, and current job openings.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) website has useful information to learn more about the organization’s work. The USDA Pathways Programs link explains internship opportunities for students and recent graduates.
This guide directs high schools and community partners in designing and implementing their apprenticeship programs. It addresses elements of successful programs, partnerships, and leadership.
Workforce GPS’ Occupational Skills Training program teaches youth specific skills that will prepare them for their target career. The site has webinars, toolkits, and sector-specific resources.
Here you can find explanations of four strategies for finding a job, provided by job seekers with disabilities. Within each strategy, there are stories from individuals and links to helpful resources.
This site provides a thorough list of resources to help students with disabilities prepare for and thrive in college. This includes educational, financial, and disability services information.
YouthRules spreads information to youth, parents, and employers about federal and state laws that affect young workers. Visit this page to become informed on policies like minimum wage and overtime.
This tool allows you to find which youth and family programs have received federal funding in your community. After searching by keyword or location, click on the map to learn more about the programs.
This guide provides information for youth who are homeless, were homeless, or are at-risk of homelessness. It answers questions about applying to and paying for college and also lists other resources.
This resource page provides information on different aspects of Career and Technical Education (CTE). It includes CTE research, organizations, and current programs like JJREP and LINCS CoP.
CAREERwise helps you explore careers, jobs, and education programs at Minnesota State. It provides guidance in many areas such as defining your skills, applying for college, and creating a resume.
Mapping Your Future helps students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes by providing career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources.
This site presents a detailed, eight-step guide to creating a career plan. Its tips for identifying your options, prioritizing, and setting goals are a great place to start planning your career.
This tool helps students (currently in CO, TN and TX) calculate the return on investment of degrees and certificates from public colleges, community colleges, and technical schools.
This program helps eligible youth ages 16-24 complete their high school education, provides career training, and explore job opportunities.
The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to help fund your education and give you experience in creative writing or translation. Click “Grants for Individuals” to view these opportunities.
O*Net is a free, online database that contains hundreds of definitions and descriptions of occupations to help students, job seekers, and businesses understand today's world of work in the U.S.
On USAJOBS, you can search and apply for federal jobs online. You can also learn more about unique hiring paths for students and graduates, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and more.
Interested in an artistic career but not sure where to start? The National Endowment for the Arts website includes information on 20 different artistic fields. Click on each field to learn more.
Education materials, training, and information about Federal Reserve notes, brought to you by the U.S. Currency Education Program of the Federal Reserve in cooperation with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Secret Service.
This site has many money managing resources and tools with a section with resources for youth that has information, games, and fun activities about money, saving, and planning for the future.
How do I find the right college or career school for me? This site helps research possible colleges and career schools to help identify what schools are right for you and lets you compare options.
4-H is a youth development program delivered by Cooperative Extension – a group of 100+ public universities. Visit this site for more information about 4-H, find your local 4-H office, and enroll.
Learn more about this youth-driven organization working to change systems by uniting voices of people who have lived experience in systems of mental health, juvenile justice, education, and welfare.
This article describes how youth can demonstrate self-determined behavior and promote skill-building to help with education and career planning for success in school, jobs, and their future.
Check out this site to learn more about becoming an apprentice, finding an apprenticeship, launching your career with an apprenticeship program, and searching the American Job Center database.
Grants and scholarships are a type of financial aid that’s “free money” to help pay for college or career school. Visit this site to find out more about this option that doesn’t need to be repaid.
This tool from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows maps that display economic information, including data on monthly and annual employment and unemployment at the state level.
Are you ready to start exploring career options? This fun, interactive tool lets you look at different careers by selecting your areas of interest and find additional information on many jobs.
Transitioning from youth to adulthood is challenging, particularly for young adults with disabilities. The “Guiding Your Success Tool” is a companion workbook to the “Guideposts for Success” framework.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces the Economy at a Glance tool, which displays current economic information at the metropolitan area, state, regional, and national levels.
Transitioning from youth to adulthood is challenging, particularly for young adults with disabilities. “Guideposts for Success” has useful information and advice along with a companion workbook.
This article helps students think about career planning and steps to take before graduation. It helps explore your interests to learn more about what you enjoy doing to help find the right job.
Resources on health and well-being for teens and young adults with special health care needs, physical and developmental disabilities, and chronic illness as they transition to adulthood.
Information on employment-related policies and practices for persons with disabilities. Visit this site for many resources and links to create a good career path while having special needs.
This blog series provides information for young people with disabilities moving from school into the workforce to help find an internship or job experience to find work you enjoy and find rewarding.
This guide provides transition from school to post-school information so students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to join the workforce and plan for the future.
This guide provides apprenticeship information for students/youth with disabilities. Explore the opportunity to earn a salary while learning skills in the classroom and on-the-job for career success.
This database provides a list of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. You can search for schools knowing that they meet or exceed acceptable levels of quality.
Interested in learning more about apprenticeships to further your career? Check out this series of videos to learn more about apprenticeships for students and youth with special needs.
Learn more about Schedule A, a path where youth and young adults with disabilities can begin a career in the federal government. Review this tip sheet for helpful advice on how to find a federal job.
This blog describes a student’s experience with attending community college and why it was a great fit due to affordability, flexibility, transfer opportunities, and the option to earn multiple degrees.
This article outlines different options for paying off student loans and provides information, including a repayment estimator tool, to help you decide on which repayment plan to use.
This article provides information on scholarship and financial aid scams. Avoid being tricked by unscrupulous companies by being cautious and learning more about the tell-tale signs.
You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid. However, make sure you don’t make one of these 12 common mistakes!
This brief presents information to prepare youth to transition out of the child welfare system by graduating from high school, preparing for post-secondary education, or joining the workforce.
An online network of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that provides a platform for networking, education information, professional opportunities, and connections to organizations.
This blog highlights a few female researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pursuing work in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields at NIOSH. Read their inspiring stories to find out more about the STEM field!
This financial aid guide helps Hispanic students and families navigate the college application and payment process. Read this guide (available in English and Spanish) for helpful tips and resources.
This blog provides advice on what to do if you’ve received your financial aid package but need to fill in the gap between what it covers and what you owe. Read more to see what options are available!
This blog provides information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read more to find out about the program and see if you could qualify to have your federal student loans forgiven.
To help plan for college, this resource provides information and checklists to use starting in elementary through high school to prepare academically and financially for higher education.
The FDIC’s Youth Employment Resource Center provides resources so youth can support their financial education and access safe, affordable insured accounts while participating in employment programs.
What should you do if you aren’t able to pay back your student loans? This blog provides information and 3 options to consider if you can’t afford your student loan payments.
More than 100 youth contributed to this resource that provides information on “soft” workplace skills, such as teamwork and communication, which help make employees more effective and successful.
Mapping Your Future helps students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes by providing career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources.
College Board is an organization that helps connect students to colleges. This search tool helps plan and search for schools by location, major, test scores, type of school, and more.
College Board is an organization that helps connect students to colleges. This site has a search tool that helps plan and search for schools by location, major, test scores, type of school, and more.
This article provides information on internships for college students and new graduates. It outlines the employer requirements by law for properly providing paid and unpaid internships.
This webpage has tools to help with building a resume, writing a cover letter, applying for jobs, and providing references. There are also resume and cover letter samples and templates for your use.
This webpage provides information on the fastest-growing and highest-paying industries and those with declining employment from 2016-2026. You can also select an industry to learn more about it.
This site has many tools and resources to find a career that’s right for you! You can explore careers, find out about training and education programs, look up your career match, and search for jobs.
Are you thinking about opening your own small business? Need some additional guidance? Visit this site to find out more about planning, launching, managing, and growing your business.
Want to find a job that matches the skills you already have? Check out the self-assessment section on the CareerOneStop site to find a career that fits you and your abilities best.
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations are a growing field of work. This site has taken the periodic table of chemical elements and replaced the elements with STEM occupations so that you can explore career options.
This tool helps job seekers and students learn about careers. The site provides tasks, skills, and salary information. You can search careers with key words to find jobs that match your interests.
This site provides information on the different types of training and education programs available so that you can find the option that best fits your needs.
This site provides suggestions on how to pay for training and education, as many programs can be more affordable with the right planning, budgeting, and funding support.
This site is an online source for tools and resources for job seekers, students, workers, and employers. Learn about careers, find employment opportunities, and manage your pathway for career success.
IPEDS collects annual data from over 7,500 colleges and also provides resources to help plan, prepare, and graduate from college. This site lets you search for colleges and explore career options.
This handbook helps you find career information for hundreds of occupations and provides a list of jobs by occupation groups, pay, growth and more. There are also additional job resources.
This tool helps find the right college for you. You can search by location, programs/majors, degree level, institution type, and more. You can build a list of schools and do a side-by-side comparison.
There are lots of options out there to help pay for college. This forecaster tool will estimate your eligibility for federal financial aid and gives you a “College Cost Worksheet”.
School cost is an important factor in your college search process. This site provides information about what is included in the cost of school, ways to reduce costs, and financial aid options.
This site has information about financial aid to help pay for college or career education and ways to lower your school costs. There are resources and videos to help learn how to fund your education.
This site helps sort, find, and compare colleges by type of program/degree, location, size, cost, and other variables. It’s a helpful tool to find information about the types of institutions.