Step 3: Plan

PLan Your Career Path

Once you have identified your career interests, it is time to develop a plan to reach your goals!

Set goals and benchmarks along the way, use the Life Skills you learn, and remember, if your interests change, you can always continue to Explore!


High School Preparation

Choosing your high school path with classes, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities that relate to your interest will help you know if you like a career field, and you will also gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success.

Example: Construction Career Interest - Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, take algebra and supporting math and trades classes in school and enroll in Youth Apprenticeship for employment experience with a local contractor during junior and senior year of high school.

To do List


  1. Meet with your school counselor to discuss what options are available at your school.
  2. Chose classes to meet interests and skill-set development
  3. Participant in extracurricular activities to develop Life Skills 
  4. Volunteer to fine-tune skills
  5. Attend in-person, hands-on career experiences
  6. Track needed exams and certifications, like ACT and Microsoft Office required for future training programs


  1. Join your student for their meetings/conference with their school counselor.
  2. Have conversations with your student about the reasons they selected classes each year in school.

Particpate in a Career Exploration Experince
Career Training and develop skills

There are many ways to gain skills and knowledge specific to your career interest, but experiencing it firsthand is the best way for you to grow and develop in the journey to your future.

Talking to someone already in the profession through a Career Based Learning Experience is a great option!

  • Career Conversation: a brief conversation with someone who is already working in the industry
  • Job Shadow: visit a company in person for an hour or more to see what the work environment is like, get a feel for the job responsibilities, and experience the workplace culture.
  • Youth Apprenticeship or Co-Op: These programs allow you to seek paid part-time employment while in high school and earn school credit. They also can help you earn free college credits.
  • Career Events in Greater Green Bay

You can find out more about these opportunities by speaking with your school counselor, reaching out to community resources, and exploring career opportunities in person at local businesses.


Selecting your Inspired Career Training Program

Check out all your training options. Earning a credential to support your career aspiration is really important for long-term success. Be thoughtful of the amount of training/schooling you are willing to complete to earn that credential and the pay to support your life goals.

One path does not fit all students.

  • Visit one or two university college campusus
  • Check out programs at the technology colleges
  • Talk with apprenticeship coordinators
  • Learn about military requirements and opportunities
  • Ask a local employer about on-the-job training options to earn a credential

Other ways to prepare for after high school graduation..


Apply For Training Program

Apply to college, the military, an apprenticeship, or another career training program directly with an employer.

Start by visiting campuses and comparing colleges, going to on-site tours at employers, etc.

Greater Green Bay Colleges and Universities

Financing Your Career Training

Depending on the career pathway you select, furthering your education to earn a credential will cost money.

GOOD NEWS.... there are ways to find help paying for it and here are some ideas.

Also, use these calculators to help you determine how much is safe to borrow and what to expect when paying back on loans.

Apply for Your Dream Career

Prepare to apply for jobs, apprenticeships, or other work experiences during and after high school by:

Look to the career resources page for an abundance of opportunities to continue the preparation.

Then, gain additional support through many services from the Brown County Job Center, N.E.W. Alliances, and other community resources on the career resource. Also, search for available career openings through the Wisconsin Job Center.

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