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"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!" ~Andy McIntyre

Everyone has a different reason for continuing their education beyond high school. Some people may need to develop skills for a career; others are expanding their horizons and figuring out a career change. Whether you have already graduated from high school or if you will in the near future, planning is key. There are many paths to follow in finding a rewarding career. Ideally, your job should be enjoyable, pay well and give you a chance to grow. This takes time and planning. What training do you need to prepare for your career? Some careers require a 4 year college degree. Some require certificates. Some require on-the-job training.

If you decide to continue your education you will be responsible for your own learning. Programs after high school tend to be less structured, have fewer classes, are faster paced, and require more work. Think about your ability to handle college or another adult training program and to determine the type of support you need.

In making the decision to further your education, you need to decide what education and training you need, where it is provided and how you will pay for it.

One resource to learn what training is needed for your career can be found at O*Net. O*NET OnLine is a Web application for job seekers, employment professionals, and others interested in exploring occupations.

There are many opportunities for training and education to help you reach your career goals. Check out these programs and services that may meet your goal of pursuing training for your career:

  • Adult Education and the GED allow you to become self-sufficient, with skills necessary for future employment and personal successes.
  • On the Job Training: Available through both Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Workforce Services. Learn the necessary skills for a career while working.
  • Apprenticeships: An apprenticeship is a paid training supported by an employer. The training lasts a specified length of time. An apprenticeship teaches all aspects of the selected profession and includes both on the job training and related instruction. For more information about apprenticeship programs check out Utah Registered Apprenticeships Program.
  • Internships: To help determine our best career option, consider a work-related internship. It may or may not be paid. Most give practical work experience, generally lasting less than a year. Contact the career service office at your college to get more information about internships.
  • Job Corps: Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program. It helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives. Two Job Corps Centers are located in Utah.
  • The Military—The Military will train you for your career choice in the military. They also provide education through the military while you are on active duty and may continue following your discharge.
  • Colleges & Universities: Colleges and Universities offer a great many opportunities. Learn what's available and how to prepare.
  • Disability Resource Centers: If you have a disability and plan to attend a college, training school or university, then the resource services can assist with accommodations and your needs at their school.
  • Utah College of Applied Technology: The Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) meets the needs of Utah's employers for technically skilled workers by providing market-driven technical education to both secondary and adult students. Located across Utah, UCAT prepares students to enter, re-enter, upgrade or advance in the workplace. The UCAT offers competency-based education and training programs, which may be long-term, short-term, apprenticeship or custom-designed for individual employer needs. Most of the programs are offered in a flexible open-entry, open-exit format.
  • "Disability-Friendly Colleges: A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities": An online college guide for students with physical disabilities containing interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges. Profiles of the colleges provide services that are necessary for students with physical disabilities to live on campus.