As a middle school student, you are on the verge of making some big decisions about your life. Soon you will be attending high school and on your way to becoming an adult. It's important that you think about your future now that you have time to explore and consider all your options.
     career choices
    First things first: what is it that you like? Job satisfaction and happiness come from doing what you like to do. And if you love your work, you will probably do a better job at it too! There are so many choices out there that making a decision could be stressing. That's why we have a tool that you can use to discover what your preferences are! This online tool can be used from home, too. You can click on the link:
    This tool is called Texas Genuine Assessment, because if you answer as truthfully as you can, it will help you see which are your areas of interest. It can point you in the direction of study that can lead to the career of your dreams!
    The next thing you need to do is find out how much money you need to study the career of your choice. You don't need to be discouraged because maybe your career of choice is long and expensive. There is lots of help available! However, you need to be aware of the options that are open to you and what you need to do to obtain them. This process is called "reality check" and you can explore that by clicking on the following link:
    It would be a good idea for you to start looking at the Career Paths available in high school so that you can identify the one for you according to your choices. 
    Plan Your Path
    After you Choose Your Career Path, you need to know that there are certain classes you must take in order to graduate from HIgh School. These 22 classes or credits make up the Foundation Graduation Plan in High School. They are the required classes, such as English and U.S. History, that every student must have in order to graduate.
    In addition to the required classes, each student must obtain 4 credits in the Career Path of their choice. Each Career Path has a corresponding Endorsement. Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. There are five (5) endorsement areas:
    1- Arts and Humanities
    2- Business and Industry
    3- Multidisciplinary
    4- Public Services
    5- S.T.E.M.
    Click on the link, Endorsements, to learn what they are and the areas of study they include.
    Always remember, if you have any questions all of Burbank's counselors are here to help you find your way!
    Love what you do
    Frances Cortina
    Head Counselor
    Burbank Middle School