What Are Career Pathways?

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While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, it’s the decisions you make now that determine how fast you can reach your dream job. Career pathways are organized collections of programs that develop your core academic, technical, and employment skills to prepare you for a related career.

ASU Prep Digital offers a comprehensive selection of career pathways with concurrent courses, giving you steps you can take today to bring you closer to the career of your dreams. Here are four different areas of studies that offer career pathways you can start working toward now: 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you find yourself looking up at the sky, wondering what’s out there? Does math feel like an exciting puzzle with each new problem? Interests such as these can lead to a promising career in STEM. As it happens, ASU has developed a wide variety of majors that are in the STEM group of disciplines. Explore majors ranging from Biophysics to Earth and Environmental Studies. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find the pathway that’s right for you. 

When you enroll in concurrent courses like General Chemistry for Engineers or Introduction to Psychology, you’re bringing yourself that much closer to a university degree, without even a single step onto a college campus. In fact, by the time you’re a freshman you’ll have completed almost all of your first year courses! 

Health & Wellness

Are you an advocate for regular exercise and a balanced diet? Are you eager to assist those around you? A career in the health field may be the right one for you! ASU provides an assortment of career pathways related to Health and Wellness, such as Healthcare Coordination, Exercise and Wellness, and Public Health. 

Enroll in concurrent courses such as Human Development and Introduction to Global Health to get a taste of the advanced courses you’ll be taking as part of your university career in a Health & Wellness major. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit while completing several courses as a high school student.

Arts 

Is dancing your passion? Do your doodles take up more space on a page than class notes? If you have an artistic streak, ASU outlines several career pathways that’ll turn your art into a career. Explore a variety of pathways in the Art cluster including Art History, Digital Culture, and Dance. Through our Art History pathway, you’ll be able to complete enough concurrent courses to begin college with 10-12 courses already completed.

Business 

Do you spend your weekends watching Shark Tank? Do you dream of one day owning your own business? ASU has 30+ business and entrepreneurship majors that’ll have you on your way to being your own boss, including Sports Business, Finance, and Retail Management. 

Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Human Communication and Macroeconomic Principles will give you a strong foundation of business knowledge and an edge before entering a competitive university environment. When you’re a CEO one day, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for getting a head start on your career pathway while you were still in high school!

Your passions at this age can easily turn into your career in the future. Explore ASU Prep Digital’s vast assortment of concurrent courses and outlined career pathways to get started on turning your hobbies into a career. 

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High School Graduates Earn 48% of College Graduate Average Wages

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Each year, the Arizona Board of Regents produces a report on wages earned by graduates within the Arizona university system. These universities include Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. According to the report, high school graduates are earning 48% of college graduate average wages.

Specifically, a high school graduate earns a median wage of $27,708. However, a college graduate earns nearly double that, making $53,091 a year.

College graduates see more benefits that extend past earning higher wages. According to an article from USA Today, those without a college degree are less likely to have a job (in many cases), get married, own a home, or move in search of better opportunities.

In many cases, students aren’t actively choosing to forego a college education—they simply can’t afford to go. In an article from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, they state that low-income students cannot afford to attend 95% of colleges in the United States.

Though it may be difficult to address the drastic difference in wages, we can start by helping more high school students realize their dreams of going to college, no matter what their economic background is.

At ASU Prep Digital, full-time Arizona high school students can take college courses through Arizona State University for free. Part-time students can also take college courses, at a discounted rate.

We are determined to put students on an accelerated path toward university admission and careers of the future, and are committed to providing them with the tools they need to unlock their full potential.

Give your child a head start today.