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 What is Your Inspiration And Career?

Using career exploration activities, such as personality and interests assessments, and by attending career exploration events, such as the Find Your Inspiration Experience, you can narrow the search of local opportunities.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Agriculture, food and natural resources workers produce agricultural goods including food, plants, animals, fabrics, wood and crops. Individuals in this career would work on a farm, ranch, dairy, orchard, greenhouse or plant nursery. You also could work in a clinic or laboratory as a scientist or engineer. Some agriculture, food and natural resources workers market, sell or finance agricultural goods. You could also work to conserve natural resources or protect the environment.

Individuals interested in a career in agriculture, food & natural resources could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Service Systems
  • Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Natural Resources Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural & Technical Systems

If you are interested in a career in agriculture, food & natural resources, consider the following activities:

  • Join Future Farmers of America (FFA).
  • Participate in Junior Achievement.
  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Join a local 4-H chapter.
  • Start a recycling project.
  • Raise flowers and vegetables to sell at a farmers' market.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
  • Work on a farm or ranch.
  • Job shadow at a greenhouse.
  • Start a compost bin.
  • Volunteer at the Farmory, Green Bay Botanical Garden or other community organizations.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Arts, audio/video technology & communications workers use creativity and their talents on the job and usually have an audience.These workers are  painters, dancers, sculptors, actors and singers. Some work behind the scenes on a set, editing, producing a film or operating a camera. Sometimes individuals in this career have high-profile jobs working as news reporters or fashion designers. You also could work as graphic designer or film editor.

Individuals interested in a career in arts, a/v technology & communications could follow one of following career pathways:

  • A/V Technology & Film
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Performing Arts
  • Printing Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Visual Arts

If you are interested in a career in arts, audio/video technology & communications, consider the following activities:

  • Join band, orchestra or choir.
  • Take a dance class.
  • Take a photography class.
  • Join your school newspaper or yearbook club.
  • Join a speech or debate club.
  • Join a drama club.
  • Audition for a school or community play.
  • Enter artwork in a community art show.
  • Volunteer to help with or teach an art, music or dance community education class.
  • Job shadow at an art, photo, design studio or newspaper company.
  • Intern at a campus radio station, local access cable TV station, web venture or local newspaper.
  • Join the stage crew for a school or community play or concert.
  • Volunteer to speak at events.

Business Management & Administration

Business, management and administrative workers give the support needed to make a business run. You might check employee time records or train new employees. You could manage projects, work in human resources, head departments, facilitate meetings, give presentations or plan events. Or, you might work as a top executive and provide the overall direction for a company or department.

Individuals interested in a career in business management & administration could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Administrative Support
  • Business Information Management
  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations Management

If you are interested in a career in arts, audio/video technology & communications, consider the following activities:

  • Join DECA (Marketing association).
  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Participate in Junior Achievement.
  • Volunteer to give a speech.
  • Join Student Council.
  • Join Boy or Girl Scouts.
  • Lead a volunteer community group.
  • Get elected as a class officer.
  • Captain a sports team.
  • Help manage a fundraiser.
  • Join a committee to plan an event.
  • Start a business.
  • Read business newspapers, magazines or blogs for current economic trends and business practices.
  • Job shadow a local business person.
  • Volunteer in the business office of a nonprofit agency or with the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

Government & Public Administration

Government and public administration workers help pass and enforce the law. Workers in this career focus on planning and performing governmental functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, and regulations.

Individuals interested in a career in government & public administration could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Foreign Service
  • Governance
  • National Security
  • Planning
  • Public Management & Administration
  • Regulation
  • Revenue & Taxation

If you are interested in a career in government & public administration, consider the following activities:

  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Join Student Council.
  • Join debate club.
  • Interview local law enforcement and elected officials.
  • Participate in mock trial events.
  • Work as a page at the legislature.
  • Attend city council or other local government meetings.
  • Visit a local courthouse or public safety building.
  • Job shadow a state legislative representative.
  • Run for student government or an organization's board.

Architecture & Construction

Architecture and construction workers design buildings and other structures. This includes projects such as highways, bridges, houses and buildings. Architects meet their clients to create designs or plans for new structures or to make renovations to an exciting building. Some architecture and construction workers do skilled trades, like carpentry, electrical, painting or plumbing.  Landscape architects design lawn and garden space. 

Individuals interested in a career in architecture & construction could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Construction
  • Design/Pre-Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations

If you are interested in a career in architecture & construction, consider the following activities:

  • Join Future Farmers of America (FFA).
  • Join a math club.
  • Participate in Skills USA.
  • Start a lawn mowing service.
  • Do repair and home improvement projects.
  • Job shadow at an architecture or home design firm.
  • Attend a building show expo.
  • Read architecture and construction books.
  • Tour buildings.
  • Design a garden.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Transportation, distribution and logistics workers move people and products by road, air, rail and water. You might work as a driver, pilot, engineer or captain. You might repair or maintain the vehicles, trains, planes and ships that move people and products. Or, you might work behind the scenes to make sure the products and people get to the right place on time.

Individuals interested in a career in transportation, distribution & logistics could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Management
  • Logistics Planning & Management Services
  • Sales & Service
  • Transportation Operations
  • Transportation Systems/Infrastructure
  • Planning, Management & Regulation
  • Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations

If you are interested in a career in transportation, or distribution & logistics, consider the following activities:

  • Read trade publications to stay current on economic and political issues affecting transportation.
  • Job shadow a transportation manager or dispatcher.
  • Intern at a local garage or motorcycle shop to learn the basics of auto or small engine repair.

Education & Training

Education and training workers guide and train people. As a teacher, you could influence young lives. You also could support the work of a classroom teacher as a counselor, librarian or principal. You could coach sports activities or lead community classes.

You could also work with adults. For example, you could lead training to employees in a business. Or you could work as a university or college professor for undergraduate or graduate students.

Individuals interested in a career in education & training could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Administration & Administrative Support
  • Professional Support Services
  • Teaching/Training

If you are interested in a career in education & training, consider the following activities:

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Future Teachers of America (FTA)
  • Coach a sports team.
  • Work as a library aide.
  • Teach a community education class.
  • Tutor a family member or neighbor.
  • Coach a local sports team.
  • Volunteer at a literacy program.
  • Work as a teacher assistant in an elementary or high school.
  • Become a part of organizations such as Teammates or Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality and tourism workers help people enjoy vacations and entertainment activities.You might work at a restaurant, resort, sports arena, theme park, museum or hotel.

For example, you might manage operations of a college cafeteria, guide high school students on a trip to Spain or rent equipment at a recreation center.

Individuals interested in a career in hospitality & tourism could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Lodging
  • Recreation, Amusements & Attractions
  • Restaurants & Food/Beverage Services
  • Travel & Tourism

If you are interested in a career in hospitality & tourism, consider the following activities:

  • Join DECA (Marketing association).
  • Participate in Junior Achievement.
  • Participate in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Participate in 4-H.
  • Join a committee to plan an event.
  • Join a world language club or conversation circle.
  • Help local businesses cater events within the community.
  • Work as a student assistant in the school lunch program.
  • Plan and cook meals for family, friends, or neighborhood events.
  • Take a part-time job in a restaurant, amusement center or hotel.
  • Plan a family vacation.

Information Technology

Information technology workers are in a growing and always changing field. You might work with computer hardware, software, multimedia or network systems. You might design new computer equipment or work on a new computer game.

Some information technology workers support and manage computer hardware. For example, you might make sure the networks are working or manage a network that links people across the world. Or, you might support others and answer questions about specific software or hardware.

Individuals interested in a career in information technology could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Information Support & Services
  • Network Systems
  • Programming & Software Development
  • Web & Digital Communications

If you are interested in a career in information technology, consider the following activities:

  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Join the school newspaper or yearbook.
  • Set up computers and install software.
  • Job shadow the technology coordinator at a high school or college.
  • Use multimedia for school projects.
  • Create a web page for a local organization.
  • Set up your own local area network (LAN) for gaming.
  • Volunteer to provide technical support for a nonprofit agency.
  • Create your own web page with a database and interactive elements.

Human Services

Human services workers help individual and families meet their personal needs. You might work in a government office, hospital, nonprofit agency, nursing home, spa, hotel or school. Or, you might work in your own home. For example, you might help students with career and education choices at a high school, cut and color hair in a salon, or manage funeral services at a funeral home

Individuals interested in a career in human services could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Consumer Services
  • Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Family & Community Services
  • Personal Care Services

If you are interested in a career in human services, consider the following activities:

  • Join Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Participate in 4-H.
  • Future Teachers of America (FTA).
  • Volunteer in a soup kitchen or food shelf.
  • Visit people who are homebound.
  • Provide child care.
  • Coordinate a school wide food and/or clothing drive.
  • Volunteer in a hospital or nursing home.
  • Intern at a nonprofit agency.
  • Learn a world language and study foreign cultures.
  • Work as a peer counselor or camp counselor.

Finance

Finance workers keep track of money. You might work in financial planning, banking, or insurance. For example, you might provide financial services to a business or individual. Or, you could maintain financial records or give advice to business executives on how to operate their business.

Individuals interested in a career in finance could follow one of following career pathways:

If you are interested in a career in finance, consider the following activities:

  • Join Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Participate in DECA (Marketing association).
  • Participate in Junior Achievement.
  • Get elected treasurer of an organization.
  • Work in a concession stand.
  • Start a business.
  • Help with class fundraisers.
  • Join a local investment club.
  • Manage your own checking account.
  • Take a class in personal finance.
  • Participate in a financial related activity such as the Stock Market Game.

Health Sciences

Health science workers promote health and wellness. They diagnose and treat injuries and disease. As a physician, dentist or nurse, you could work directly with patients. You also could work in a laboratory to get information used in research or provide administrative support by keeping medical records.

Health science jobs are found at a variety of different sites. For example, you could work in a hospital, office, clinic or nursing home. Or you could work on a cruise ship, at a sports arena or at a patient's home.

Individuals interested in a career in health sciences could follow one of following career pathways:

If you are interested in a career in health sciences, consider the following activities:

  • Health Club.
  • Science Club.
  • Skills USA.
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Medical Explorers.
  • Wellness Club.
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).
  • Attend community health fairs.
  • Become involved with your community wellness center.
  • Attend a health science camp.
  • Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.
  • Work as a student manager on a sports team.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Law, public safety, corrections and security workers are found in a variety of settings. For example, you might guard the public and enforce the law as a police officer or security guard. Or, you might provide fire protection as a firefighter.

Other workers provide legal services to people who commit crimes. For example, you might monitor activities within a prison, advise clients of their legal rights, or research legal procedures to support court cases.

Individuals interested in a career in law, public safety, corrections & security could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Correction Services
  • Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal Services
  • Security & Protective Services

If you are interested in a career in law, public safety, corrections & security, consider the following activities:

  • Mock trial.
  • Debate.
  • Work as a page at the legislature.
  • Visit a local courthouse or public safety office.
  • Volunteer with programs for at-risk youth or ex-offenders.
  • Job shadow a lawyer at a legal firm.
  • Attend court hearings and other public legal procedures.


Manufacturing

Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes or electronic devices.

Other manufacturing workers install or repair products. For example, you might install refrigerators or washers, repair plumping in commercial buildings or diagnose engine problems in cars and trucks.

Individuals interested in a career in manufacturing could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance
  • Logistics & Inventory Control
  • Maintenance, Installation & Repair
  • Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Production
  • Quality Assurance

If you are interested in a career in manufacturing, consider the following activities:

  • Do basic repairs on home appliances or electronics.
  • Visit an auto repair shop.
  • Job shadow a machinist.
  • Explore apprenticeship opportunities with local companies.
  • Participate in local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) events.

Marketing, Sales & Service

Marketing, sales and service workers help businesses sell products. You might advertise and promote products so customers want to buy them. Or, you might sell products and services to customers.

For example, you might develop a marketing plan for a small start-up company, sell furniture, or measure and fit lenses and frames for eyeglass customers.

Individuals interested in a career in marketing, sales & service could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
  • Professional Sales
  • Customer Service

If you are interested in a career in marketing, sales & service, consider the following activities:

  • DECA (Marketing association).
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA).
  • Junior Achievement.
  • Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
  • Student government.
  • Help with class fundraisers.
  • Join a committee to plan an event.
  • Start a small business.
  • Design promotional materials (brochures, flyers, etc.) for a local business.
  • Sell ads for a school newspaper or yearbook.
  • Work at a concession stand.
  • Work part-time in a retail store, real estate office or in promotions.
  • Read newspapers, magazine and Web sites to stay current on consumer trends.
  • Intern at an advertising, public relations or market research firm.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, referred to as STEM, workers perform scientific research in laboratories or the field. Others plan or design products and systems. Others support scientists, mathematicians or engineers as they do their work.

Individuals interested in a career in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) could follow one of following career pathways:

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Science & Mathematics

If you are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM), consider the following activities:

  • Skills USA.
  • Math Club.
  • Math Counts.
  • Science Club.
  • Prepare a project for a science fair.
  • Learn computer applications or technology related to the field, like CAD.
  • Job shadow an engineer or scientist.
  • Teach youth at a science summer camp or after-school program.
  • Research and join STEM summer camps.

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