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Naviance Available to all APS students, Naviance can help start the career exploration and streamline the application process. There are tools to help you understand career choices based on your values and interests. These include Strengths Explorer, Career Interest Profiler, Career Clusters, Career Explorer, Productivity Assessment, Personality  Assessment, and Resume Builder.  You can review and compare hundreds of US colleges and many international schools profiles’ average test scores, GPA, majors and interests to your academic profile.

Opportunity Guide (Virginia Edition; Spanish Version, English Version) This guide provides students and families with important information and tools to guide their pursuit of postsecondary education.

Opportunity Guide for Career and Technical Education (Spanish pdf, English pdf) Educational programs that provide students with the technical and professional skills to succeed in the workplace and throughout their career.

Arlington Public Schools does not sponsor, endorse, recommend or screen the companies whose offers are posted here.  Families and students are reminded to complete their own research on these individuals or companies to determine if they wish to engage in any of their opportunities or services.

Career Resources

Adventures in Education – Planning a Career, includes search engines and more.

Career One Stop GetMyFuture Seeking careers that fit your interests, strengths, and goals? This site helps you explore educational opportunities needed for specific careers, employment resources for resume building, interviewing skills, and more. Not sure where to start? – Career One Stop has a toolkit to better understand career clusters and resources in your area for work placement.

Naviance – Personality type and career interest profiler surveys to assist in locating your career interests.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – US Department of Labor reference job growth, salary, and projected new jobs.

♥ O*Net  Search Occupations Supported by the US Department of Labor/Employment Training Administration. This site is a primary resource for occupational information and understanding bright career paths that are in demand.  O*Net can help organize and explore employment options based on your interests and skills.

ResumeLab – Learn from actionable resume writing guides and tutorials with hints from resume experts.

Virginia Career Resources – Information about careers and employment in Virginia.

Virginia Career Works A library of career resources for Virginians.

Virginia Education Wizard Students and veterans can use this resource to assess, build, prepare, practice, and network for entering or reentering into the workforce. You can even discover what is available in your area to support in this process.

Virginia Work Force Connection  A gateway to employment and labor market information in Virginia.

College Resources

Academic Common Market   Study in a specialized field, not offered in Virginia at an out-of-state college and pay in-state tuition rates. ACM Virginia Contact: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, Phone: 804-225-2621 or DarleneDerricott@schev.edu

Best Colleges Expand your skills or start something new. Discover the best colleges by subject areas that matter to you.

CampusReel Video based virtual tours of campus, social life, dorms, and more! From the perspective of students and categorized by school size, location,, tuition, acceptance rates, and other features to help narrow down results.

Coalition For College Access  Free-online college planning tool that is affiliated with over 150 colleges/universities to help prepare for the application process. There are essay prompts, advice from counselors, and other ways to stress less about the admissions process.

♥ College Board’s Big Future This College Board resource gives an in depth framework on all things college including news articles and trends, college admissions, how to determine the types of colleges that are the right fit, choosing majors, how to pay for college, and tips for getting into college. Utilize this free tool to help organize and align your goals and expectations for college admissions.

♥ College Confidential This forum based college site utilizes the public’s questions to help guide and communicate an unfiltered vantage point. Using categories from ACT/SAT Prep to seeking advice on different majors at various schools, you are able to interact in a supportive community.

♥ College Scorecard US Department of Education This data driven site powered by the U.S. Department of Education can help students and families compare colleges/universities and fields of studies. In a clear and concise format, you are able to compare and contrast a wealth of information from average salaries after graduation to finding the right nursing program.

Common Application’s Explore Colleges With over 900 colleges/universities, Common App, helps streamline the admissions process. This exploratory tool can narrow down interests based off of location, school size, financial aid, enrollment, specialized mission, and more.

GradReports  Want to compare salaries with degree types from top universities? GradReports is a data driven site to compare alumni median salary after graduation. This site includes reviews, rankings and earning potential.

Guide to College Admissions Process  The National Association for College Admission Counselors guide to the college admissions process.

Beyond The States Database of European colleges and programs

Library Science Degrees  An online resource decided solely to library and information science, education, and careers.

Loper Find a school where you belong. Loper built the first personalized college search engine for today’s applicant.

♥ Niche This comprehensive data-driven site compiles information about colleges and graduate school. They utilize personal reviews along with analysis to better support the decision making process.

NurseJournal Best on-line nursing schools and program, as reported by the NurseJournal Staff

Peterson’s College Planning Creating a free profile using Peterson’s can help you align your academic and professional goals with colleges/universities around the country. As well as finding and funding resources for preparing students for the college admissions process.

Psychology Careers Find Your Place in the World of Psychology. Explore psychology degree programs, career paths, expert guidance, and other helpful resources.

♥ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia SCHEV This Commonwealth of Virginia agency for higher education advocates for and supports learners in Virginia with data-driven facts about opportunities in the state.

The College Tours   The TV series tells the story of colleges and universities around the world.​ Each episode of The College Tour focuses on a single college or university.

TOP UNIVERSITIES  Discover top universities (rankings by subject), new courses,  the latest careers guidance, scholarships and study abroad programs.

U.S.NEWS and World Report Top Colleges  Expert advice, rankings and data to help you navigate your education journey and find the best college for you.

U.S. News and World Report: College Compass  Search tool for college’s SAT and ACT tests scores, alumni salary data by major,  financial aid, college profiles, college E-Books, and campus life.

Virtual Campus Tours: CampusTours This content based site uses videos to explore campus life including guided tours, interactive maps, and community based perspectives to help students interact with colleges/universities from a distance.

Virtual Campus Tours: YouVisit Register for free to gain interactive virtual tours with YouVisit. This site helps narrow down your research to size, location, tuition, institution type, and more so that you can experience schools from afar.


Arlington Public Schools does not sponsor, endorse, recommend or screen the individuals or companies whose offers are posted here. Families and students are reminded that they need to complete their own research on these individuals or companies to determine if they wish to engage in any of their opportunities or services.