“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”

-Yogi Berra

Get a Jump-start in High School

In today’s economy, the best jobs will go to the best educated —
That’s why every high school graduate needs some higher education,
whether a university degree, a community college or industry certification.
-President Obama

Graduation should only be the beginning of your career action plan. There are things you can do now to set yourself up for success after graduation.
Below are links to free resources to prepare your way to success.

Track Your School and Life Achievements

More and more colleges and jobs are looking for proof of your strengths and
talents that don’t show in your GPA and test scores. Skills like perseverance, punctuality, and reliability for example.  You can create a “soft skills resume” at Cirkled in to help display these difficult to measure characteristics.

Make a Plan

Ready, Set, Grad lays out suggestions of things to do each year from 6th grade through graduation to prepare you for your future.


Find a Career Pathway that fits YOU

Go to The Match Up page

Save time and money now using the great resources on “The Match Up” to find an in-demand, growing career field that fits your interests, skills, values, and financial needs.

Get Started Now!

Below are some ways you can start NOW getting education and experiences in your career of choice.

Kick-start your career path! You can put your plan in action while still in high school through resources from the…

WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Learn what options you have to take tuition-free classes now that count towards your high school degree AND earn college credit.

You can find them here

Are you a hands on learner? Are you interested in a hands on career? Skill centers provide opportunities to get real world marketable skills in many of Washington’s top industries during your 11th/12th grade years.

Find a  Skills Center near you! WorkSource – Manufacturing

Apprenticeship programs let you continue your education and earn money while you learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman. You can get on-the-job training through an apprenticeship in nearly any career you can imagine and get a running start to high pay, a great future, and a career you’ll love!
You can explore apprenticeships here:

 Apprenticeship Washington

Career Bridge – Apprenticeships

Dept of Labor and Industries-What you need to know

You can start this apprenticeship while you’re still in high school:

AJAC Youth Apprenticeship

An Internship is a great way to get real world experience in a career in which you are interested.  Build your resume and make sure that career field really is where you want to be in the future.
Internship Information