Your Future Starts Now
Charting your course for success beyond high school
It’s normal to have questions about your future—whether to go to college and if you’re on the right track to do so, how and when career planning fits into your decisions, and more. We can help you answer your questions and start planning for success.
Planning for Success
Education and career navigation skills
It’s not enough to know you need a plan. You also need to know how to make and implement it. By getting an early start on exploring college and career options, you can navigate life’s transitions and set yourself up for a greater chance at success.
Explore Your Career Options
Choosing a career is a big decision
Explore careers with the World-of-Work Map (not mobile-optimized) to see how occupations relate to each other. Or log in to ACT Profile to personalize your own World of Work Map with questions about your interests, abilities, and values.
Paying for your education
Wherever you are in your college planning, it’s never too early to figure out what it will cost and how you'll pay for it. Don't be discouraged if the cost of continuing education seems too high—financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Planning for Future Success Starts Now
A holistic framework for college and career readiness
Shifts in education and the workplace are changing how we must think about college and career readiness in America. It’s that simple.
To help people navigate these shifts from kindergarten to career (K–Career), ACT has created a holistic framework for understanding education and work readiness, navigating life’s transition points, and achieving success. The framework includes knowledge and skills in four domains:
- Core academic skills that are mapped to learning progressions from K-career
- Cross-cutting capabilities, such as critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and information and technology skills
- Behavioral skills related to success in education and the workforce
- Education and career navigation skills related to exploration, planning, and decision making
Beyond Academics: A Holistic Framework for Enhancing Education and Workplace Success, an ACT research report, details the framework and each of the four domains.
Building Upon Well-Defined Foundations
Core academic skills
A holistic model of education and workplace success must be anchored in core academic content areas. While these skills are necessary for success, they do not account for the full range of knowledge and skills that one needs for success.
Enhancing Education and Career Success
The nature of work is evolving. Individuals must now possess cross-cutting capabilities—including information and technology, teamwork, and critical thinking—to enhance learning and application in most, if not all, disciplines and careers.
Measuring Behavior to Predict Success
While not readily identified on tests or resumes, behavioral skills play an important role in predicting future success. Understanding a student’s behavior can help educators determine potential problems and intervene to help students succeed.
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World of Work
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