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Start Planning What Steps to Take After High School

After high school, you may look for work or continue your education. Check out this quick introduction to resources that can help you figure out your next steps.

Understand Your Interests

Learn how the 5 types of interests are defined, where they come from, and how you can use them to spot occupations that might be a good fit for you.

Understand Your Abilities

Learn how the 9 types of abilities are defined, where they come from, and how you can use them to spot occupations that might be a good fit for you.

Understand Your Now, Next, and Future

Now takes up most of your time and energy. Next is not yet in your face, but you’ll probably want to spend a bit of time planning for it, starting now. Future is 2 to 4 (or more) years after you leave high school, when you feel ready for adult life.

Recognize Your Strengths

Your strengths are the things you’re passionate about, not just the things you’re good at. You may be good at writing, but writing would be one of your real strengths only if you love doing it. Real strengths combine your passion and your ability.

Videos for High School Students

Watch students explore careers and career paths, as well as talk about their dreams and inspirations. Learn how to be successful as a student.
Explore Education and Training

Explore School and Program Options

Once you've identified a career direction and the education and training you need to make it a reality, your next step is to explore schools and programs.

Learn About Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.

Plan a Gap Year That Works for You

Finished school and wondering what’s next? Studying but not sure if you’re on the right path? Find out how a planned gap year can help you explore options.

Dual Credit: Get a Head Start on Your Career

As early as grade 10, you can take dual credit courses to learn about a skilled trade or profession and get you ready to enter the workplace sooner.

Get High School Transcripts

If you are thinking about post–secondary education, you will need to request your high school transcripts or a Detailed Academic Report.

Apply for Admission

ApplyAlberta is an online application and transcript transfer system that anyone can use to apply to undergraduate programs at one or more of Alberta's 26 publicly-funded post-secondary institutions.

Alberta Student Aid

Alberta Student Aid provides financial resources to Albertans to support their post-secondary education.

Start Learning About Post-Secondary Education

Finishing high school? Thinking about post-secondary education? Find out how you can expand your career choices with these resources.

Financial Literacy for Students: Invest in Your Future

Explore these articles, resources, interactive tools, and simulation games to build your financial literacy. With some budgeting basics under your belt, you'll be better equipped to make the most of your education and employment.

Look for Work

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Your First 2 Weeks at Work

Your first 2 weeks at work are important to your success. You’ll have so much to learn. Use the ideas in this article to get off to a strong start.

Get and Keep the Work You Want

A positive attitude will help you find a good job. And it will help you hold on to your work in a competitive market.

Things to Consider Before Working Part Time

There are many reasons you may want to work part time. Before you choose to work part time, consider the following rewards and challenges.

Manage Change and Transitions

Learn to take charge of change and the emotional transitions and stresses that go with it.

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