Once you have identified your career interest, it is time to develop a plan to reach it! Set goals and benchmarks along the way. Always remember the life skills you are developing along the way will help you if your interests change.

Also, if your interest changes, that's ok. Return to the Know and Explore steps to find your new interest and make a new plan.


Planning Resources

Select Classes, Extracurricular Activities, and Volunteer

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

  1. - Students: Meet with your school counselor to discuss what options are available at your school.
  2. - Parents: Join your student for their ACP conference with their school counselor and have conversations with your student about the reasons they selected classes each year in school.

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 during high school.

*You may find out through this step that you would like to pursue a different career, which is a great step toward finding your future passion.

Participate in a Career Experience

There are many ways to gain skills and knowledge specific to your career interest, but experiencing it first hand 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 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 and creating a student account for Your Future Greater Green Bay and apply for a career experience.

Find Money to Pay for Career Training

Depending on the Career Interest you select, you may need to pursue further education either at a college or with an employer through an entry level position with training for advancement and increase in pay. To achieve this, you may need to find help paying for it

- Research employers who offer tuition reimbursement or paid training as an employee benefit
Paying for College in 5 Steps
- Local Greater Green Bay Scholarships and resources for paying for college
- Check with your High school's student services office for additional local scholarships
- Help Completing the FAFSA
- A Guide to School and Money

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

Select, Prepare, and Apply for a Career Training Program

Post-secondary refers to training after high school. Prepare for college or other career training programs that will help you attain your career goals by:

  1. Signing up for the CollegeSTEPS Program as early as 9th grade to help you stay on track with your college planning and follow the College Steps Blog
  2. Taking high school classes and entrance exams required for admission. Resources available through the
    Brown County Library and your student services office at school.

    - College Entrance Exam Prep

    - College Placement Exam Prep

    - Career Training Center
  3. Applying to College, Military, Apprenticeship, or other career training program directly with an employer. Start by visiting campuses and comparing colleges

    Greater Green Bay Post Secondary Colleges and Universities

    Bellin College - Future Students | Career Services
    Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeK-12 Preparation | Future Students  |  Career Services
    University of Wisconsin Green Bay - Future Students Career Services
    St. Norbert College - Future Students | Career Services
    Registered Apprenticeship
    Air Force - ArmyMarines - National Guard - Navy - ROTC

Resources for Applying for Your Dream Career!

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

Then, gain additional support through many services from the Brown County Job Center and search for available career openings through the Wisconsin Job Center.