Six Things to Do at the Library (Or Online!) to Get Ready for Life After High School

If you're nearing the end of high school, you may be wondering, "what's next?" It might be college, a job, or some combination of both. Of course it's not too early or too late for others to consider future plans as well. Your library offers many options to explore your path as you move through high school and beyond.

  • Attend a program. All year round, we're hosting Life After High School events online. At these events, students and parents can learn more about college and job preparation. We've got test prep workshops, financial aid options, résumé help, and more. All programs are free to attend, though some require registration ahead of time. Search our online calendar to find an event that fits your needs.
  • Research colleges. Thinking about college, but not sure which one is right for you? The library has books that list all kinds of schools, from two-year community colleges to four-year universities. Some of these are comprehensive, listing every option in the country, while others offer guidance on more specialty options. We've listed a few guides below, or you can search the catalog for more college directories.

The Complete Book of Colleges

Peterson's Two-year Colleges 2021

The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students With Learning Differences

  • Prepare for tests. If you're headed to a four-year college, you will most likely need to take either the SAT or ACT college entrance test. Your library has many resources to help you prepare for these tests and improve your scores. Several databases offer test prep assistance including:, opens a new window and LinkedIn Learning. You can also search our catalog for SAT books and ACT books.
  • Explore career options. Do you know what type of job or career you're interested in? As you think past high school, it's important to consider all your options as the right job for you might be something you've never heard of before. At the library, you can check out a book like Career Match to learn about different jobs. To find the career assessment, visit the database (you will need to log in with your library card number and password), find the career menu, then choose 'career assessment'. You will need to create a free account to take the quiz and find out more about jobs that fit your interests, skills, and personality.

Career Match

  • Get job ready. Once you're ready to apply for jobs, you'll need a résumé and a cover letter. You might also want to learn a new skill or further explore an interest. The library has many resources to help with the entire job search and application process. Visit our Job and Career Information page for more information about these tools.
  • Learn how to adult. Aside from job skills, you'll also need to get more day-to-day things done on your own. That is, you need to learn how to adult. We like these two newer "adulting" guides that will guide you through things like getting an apartment and managing your money.

Almost Adulting