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Career & Education Pathways

This guide offers books, websites, and databases covering career and education pathways for teens and young adults.

From the PPLD Collection

Getting Started

While a four-year college degree is a great way to start a career, it's not the only way to be successful or to gain an education. This page and the two sub-boxes on the left will connect you to resources that are pathways towards a career and alternative education opportunities.

Volunteering and Service Opportunities

A great way to build your resume and experience is through service. Explore the links below for more information on service and volunteering opportunities. Some service opportunities offer stipends as well as tuition assistance after you have completed your service commitmments.

The Gap Year

While more prevalent in the UK and Austrailia, taking a Gap Year in between high school and college is gaining popularity in US. Some teens decide to work, travel, or volunteer. Explore the resources below for more information on this trend.

Online Courses

Even if you aren't currently enrolled in college or another degree program, it doesn't mean that you still can't learn. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are courses from top universities and educators. All you need is an internet connection. Some of the resources below do offer college credit for classes or certification programs, but these programs will require tuition and subscription fees.