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4. Careers and Employment: Look into educational options


Training, courses, and degree programs

Some occupations will require additional training or education. Finding training and educational resources that fit your time constraints and budget can be a challenge. Here are some resources worth exploring (click image to visit):

This guide will help you learn about vocational/technical schools, colleges, and federal job training programs. See the "Guide to Colleges" for a useful list of Web resources.

Use this free database to locate public and private college and training programs across the U.S.

Many states now have catalogs or directories of online courses offered by institutions in that state. In Ohio, use OhioLEARNS.

This non-profit council has a searchable directory of accredited distance education high school and college degree programs. Some offered by federal and military schools are included.

Exploring Graduate Schools

Does your prospective career require a graduate degree? When exploring graduate programs, consider factors such as reputation, cost, location, specializations offered. Here are some guides that can help you in this process:


Program Rankings

Many people also look at an educational program's ranking -- how well it compares to other programs like it. A variety of factors, both subjective (reputation of program) as well as objective (such as placement of graduates, academic credentials of faculty, etc.) can be used to compile rankings. Be sure to learn what factors were used to determine the rankings that you find.

U.S. News: America's Best Colleges Colleges are ranked by specific programs (engineering, business, etc.) or other criteria, such as best value.
U.S. News: America's Best Graduate Schools This is a popular source for rankings of graduate and professional programs. Look at "How We Rank Graduate Schools" and the "Methodology" links under each category to understand more about their process.



How do these resources determine rankings? See About the U.S. News Education Rankings Methodologies for how U.S. News & World Report does it for various categories.

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