WELCOME TO AChiEvETExAs in ACTiOn
Dear Texas Student,
ou are probably tired of people asking, “What do you want to be when you grow
up?” Some students know exactly what they want to do, but most haven’t got a
clue. The idea of choosing a career is intimidating, and it feels like it’s far in the
future. There’s little time in the commotion of classes, activities, sports, work, and fun to
think about what career you want to pursue after graduation from high school or college.
It pays, though, to take the time to think about your future career. The truth is that
you’ll save a lot of time and money if you have a direction in life, as opposed to just
finishing high school and worrying about it later. It’s really a matter of dollars and
sense. If you choose a career direction now, you can select classes and activities that will
make you highly marketable—and highly paid—when you look for work. And it only
makes sense to have an idea of what you want to do rather than just wandering aimlessly
Nobody wants that. Not your parents. Not your teachers. Not your friends. They want
you to be somebody. They want you to use your talents, follow your interests, and pursue
your ambitions to become great at what you love to
do in life. That’s what you should want, too.
So the time is right to take charge of your life and
think about the future. You need a plan of action
THaT ‘InformaTIon Is
for how to get from where you are today to where
you want to be in a few years: starting out on a
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personally and professionally rewarding career.
magazIne Is power.
That’s what AchieveTexas in Action is all about. The IT puTs You In cHarge
magazine you are holding is one of 16 guides to different
of Your fuTure.
career clusters. It is designed to help you make smarter
decisions about your education and career options.
You’ve heard the phrase, “Information is power.” Well, this magazine is power. It puts
you squarely in charge of your future, from creating your Texas Achievement Plan (TAP)
(see page 5) to choosing college or some other form of education or training after high
school. Work with your parents, teachers, and counselors to make decisions, but remind
everyone that it is your future at stake and that you are taking charge of it.
Get information. Get a plan. Get a clue about your career direction. It’s all right if that
direction changes; choosing a direction now is better than having no direction at all. Just
promise yourself that you’ll make smart choices about where to focus your time, energy,
We’re proud that you are taking steps to plan your career direction, and we pledge that
your school, teachers, and counselors will do all they can to help you make wise choices
on your plans for success. We wish you the best of luck on your journey.
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