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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.

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.

Learning More About Yourself: Interests, Abilities, and Values Inventories

Use ACT Profile to access and take our self-assessments and learn more about yourself. The inventories include:

  • ACT Interest Inventory—Discover your interests and find majors and occupations you may want to explore.
  • ACT Abilities Inventory—See how your abilities relate to occupations.
  • ACT Values Inventory—See how your values relate to occupations.

These results can help you explore college and career options and plan for your future. You can take any or all three of these inventories at any time and as many times are you'd like. View your personalized results on the Major Map and Career Map.

Planning for Career: Career Exploration, Alignment, and More

After you complete all three inventories, you can see what career areas match your interests, abilities, and values on the Career Map. The map organizes hundreds of occupations into 26 career areas (groups of similar occupations). Other resources for career planning include:

  • Career Search--search for careers by keyword, education level, income, and more
  • Military Career Search--search military career options by keyword, branch, and more

Financial Aid

Paying for your education

Financial Aid 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.

ACT Aspire     ACT QualityCore     ACT Workkeys

Enhancing Education and Career Success

Cross-cutting capabilities

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

Behavioral skills

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.

Resources Brochure

Helps students, parents, and educators quickly locate no-cost and low-cost ACT tools and resources.