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As a high school student, summer can be a valuable time to build your résumé and take steps that can put you on the path to preparing for a career after graduation.
Whether you’re getting ready to start your freshman year or are gearing up for senior year, there are things you can do now to prepare for your post-secondary journey and beyond. The earlier you start the planning process, the better!
Follow along as we share a complete summer checklist for high school students.
In order to pursue your dream career, you’ll probably need to take your education to the next level. This means you will need to pick a school!
When it comes to choosing a school, start by making a list of qualities you’re looking for. Are you interested in a certain type of program? Do you prefer to learn in a hands-on environment? Do you learn best in small class sizes? Are you looking
to attend school close to home? These are just some of the many factors to consider.
Once you’ve compiled a list of qualities you want, it’s time to start your research. Create a running list of schools that meet your criteria then do a little bit of research on each one. Consider factors such as accreditation, how long the
school has operated, what students are saying about it and graduation rate.
Summer provides a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in careers that might interest you. Not only will this experience give you an idea of what you might want to do after graduation but it can also help build your résumé and may
give you an edge as you apply for schools.
To gain experience, consider applying for a summer job, internship or even attending a summer program like UTI’s Ignite. If you have an interest in the transportation industry, attending
Ignite can give you the opportunity to earn credit toward your post-secondary technician training,1 gain valuable skills, make connections in the industry2 and more.
Did you know that you may be able to earn credit toward your post-secondary education before you even graduate high school? Attending a summer program can help ease the transition from high school to your post-secondary program. Getting a head start with
a summer program can save time and give you confidence in your decision on where to attend school after you graduate.
For example, UTI’s Ignite program is designed to give students a sample of what it’s like to attend UTI. Ignite students train in the same facilities as our full-time students
and use the same tools and technology — at no cost. Over the course of the 3-week program, students have the chance to train in automotive, motorcycle or collision repair technologies. Upon successful completion of the program, students interested in becoming an auto tech can
receive credit toward their education if they choose to attend UTI after high school.
Before the busyness of the school year begins, schedule a few campus tours over your summer break. It’s one thing to read about a school online but another to visit
the campus and experience it for yourself.
Taking a campus tour will allow you to determine whether you can picture yourself attending the school. It also can give you a chance to ask the tour guide any questions you might have. Plus, using your summer break to tour campuses will give you the
opportunity to compare what each campus offers.
The cost of your education is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a school. As a high school student, it’s not too early to start searching for scholarships and learning about financial aid.
Depending on the school you attend, a variety of scholarship opportunities may be available to you. For example, UTI students can apply to various scholarships and grants in a few steps.3 Taking the time now to research scholarships for which you may be eligible can help make the process a breeze when the time comes to apply. You may also find more scholarship opportunities than you would if you leave it
to the last minute!
Additionally, it can be beneficial to start learning about financial aid and familiarizing yourself with the application process, which starts with filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is an important form for helping fund a post-secondary education. Knowing how this process works can eliminate stress when it comes time to apply.
Last but certainly not least, summer is a great time to start thinking about potential careers. When you graduate, you will find there are a variety of career paths you can take. However, don’t let this overwhelm you. This time should be exciting!
Here are some questions to ask yourself when it comes to choosing a career:
It’s possible that your career goals will change over time, and that’s alright! However, starting to think about potential career paths now may help set you up for success down the road. Plus, thinking about careers that might interest you
can give you direction when it comes to applying for summer jobs or programs.
Summer provides a great opportunity for high school students to get ahead of the curve. This is an exciting time as you pursue your passion and make plans for the future!
Want to learn more about UTI’s Ignite program? Visit www.uti.edu/ignite today.
3 Summer Ignite participants must satisfy standard eligibility criteria prior to acceptance into UTI. 2UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. 3Financial aid and scholarships are available
to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, and to review the applicable Gainful Employment
disclosure, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
Ignite is UTI’s program for incoming high school seniors. Learn how you can get a head start on your technician training here.
Looking to get a head start on your post-secondary education? Learn all about Ignite, UTI’s program for incoming high school seniors.
High school juniors and seniors can get a jump-start on their careers this summer by enrolling in the ignite program offered at UTI campuses across the country.
It only takes a few minutes to learn about technician training opportunities.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, and to review the applicable Gainful Employment disclosure, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
6) UTI graduates' achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. UTI is
an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
12) Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov, viewed October 24, 2017. The projected number of annual
job openings, by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth
and net replacements.
14) Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI’s Custom Training Group on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
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