Life After High School

Career exploration

Career exploration is not the same as job searching. Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals. Career exploration is a long, progressive process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills.


Do Something  Find something to believe in, fight for, advocate, and volunteer time to on this site. Find local volunteering opportunities as well as connect with other teen activists from around the country.

Peace Corps  Peace Corps volunteers live and work in developing countries on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.

Serve Illinois  On this site you can find information on service programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Learn and Serve Program. Additionally, you can find information about volunteer opportunities, resources, scheduled training, and service day events in your area.

Volunteer Match  Enter your zip code and area of interest to find close-to-home volunteer opportunities for teens.

General College Sites

College Board
This organization, which originated the SAT test, helps students prepare for college in many ways, providing information on their web site about test preparation, college planning hints, financial aid, and choosing a school.


Prospective students can search this database for schools by state, degree, and subject. EduTrek offesr a free matching service where prospective students can fill out some basic information about themselves and what they are interested in. The matching engine will take that information and return with a list of schools that match their needs. Using the matching service, kids can also sort and filter through schools based on whatever criteria they choose.

IllinoisMentor, the web site designed for students interested in exploring Illinois’s private colleges and universities, is in its fifth year of providing services to students and their families. IllinoisMentor is an aid to students seeking information about admissions, financial aid, and college preparation.

Peterson’s is a recognized leader in the college information publishing field. This is their online site.

Princeton Review
The web site of this test preparation company has sections to help students, parents, counselors, and administrators. It includes information on admissions and tests for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Yahoo’s American Colleges and Universities
By clicking on Colleges and Universities from this page, information on many U.S. and foreign schools can be accessed.

 Colleges in LakeCounty

College of Lake County

Trinity International University

Lake Forest College

University of St. Mary of the Lake

 Chicago Area Colleges

DePaul University

Northwestern University

Harper College

Oakton Community College

Judson University

Roosevelt University

Loyola University of Chicago

University of Chicago

National-Louis University

University of Illinois at Chicago

 Illinois State Schools

Eastern Illinois University

University of Illinois at Springfield

Illinois State University

University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign

Northern Illinois University

Western Illinois University

Southern Illinois University


 Illinois Private Schools

Augustana College

Dominican University

Aurora University

Elmhurst College

Bradley University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Columbia College

Kendall University

Concordia University

Wheaton College


Scholarships and College Funding

College Scholarships
This website offers links to the free scholarship sites on the Internet.

College Zone
Scholarships, grants, loans, and pre-paid tuition programs are just some of what can be found here on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission site.

This is the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can fill it out online to apply for federal money for college.

Ultimate Scholarship Resource


One thought on “Life After High School

  1. Amber Dozier


    I am a graduate of Warren Township High School, and I am entering my third year of college. As it stands, I have no money to pay for next year. I have been trying to find funds, however, I am not eligible for a pell grant and I have had trouble getting approved for a loan. Does WNPL offer any scholarships? If so, are they for students already in college?


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