Finding your career path can be difficult, and your career journey will often take you in directions you never imagined. But proper planning and preparation give you a better chance of navigating the path toward a successful career.
High School Career Connect maps the pros and cons of the three predominant high school to career paths (certificates, jobs, and degrees), based on student skills and interests. Our goal is to support understanding and awareness of options, strategies, and resources on the career path.
Here's a brief overview of our approach:
Select an endorsement for high school, and narrow your choice of major for postsecondary education.
Get your degree or certificate and participate in career-related activities and internships.
and all the hours of
hard work into action, and embark on
Start by thinking about your skills and attributes to help determine what you might be qualified to do. What are your strengths?
● Degree or certificate
● Computer proficiency
● Data analysis
● Time management
● Work ethic
● Active listening
● Critical thinking
● Judgment & decision making
● Systems analysis
● Systems evaluation
● Maintenance & repairs
● Operation & control
● Operations Analysis
Next, consider your career interests. What would you like to do?
● Animal science
● Planning and organizing events
● Directing meetings
● Developing new ideas
● Processing information and data
● Managing a group of people
● Preparing people for careers
● Regulating laws and taxes
● Providing support, safety, and protective services
● Managing public security
● Working in the healthcare industry
● Producing movies or videos
● Performing in front of audiences
● Writing and publishing books, magazines, and newspapers
● Providing entertainment
● Exhibiting artwork in galleries
● Being a historian
● Being an interpreter
● Testing methods in a laboratory
● Researching and developing new products and raw materials
● Planning production of materials
● Providing technical services
Start thinking about your academic track, postsecondary options, and what lies beyond your education.