A job is what someone shows up to for work, but a career spans a lifetime and includes education, training, professional memberships, volunteering, and work history. Career exploration improves a job seeker’s knowledge of career options, helping to set realistic goals and pursue them. It also helps students “connect the dots” between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future. Wisconsin has a wealth of career exploration and planning resources for students, job seekers, and workers looking to move up the career ladder:
Every school board in the state provides academic and career planning services to pupils enrolled in grades 6 - 12. Academic and career planning equips students and their families with the tools necessary to make more informed choices about postsecondary education and training as it leads to careers.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) in high schools provides experiences for students through 16 Career Clusters and strong business partnerships. Students gain the knowledge and skills today’s employers demand by learning academic and technical skills, leadership and 21st century skills, and work-based learning.
WisCareer Pathways is an online tool for educators, students, job seekers, and workers to obtain information on education and training resources.
Explore hundreds of programs of study in the WTCS, take a career interest survey, and view in demand jobs:
Skill Explorer widens career options by matching job seekers with new opportunities related to their current skills and training, then connecting them to information on necessary credentials and education alternatives.
WisConnect matches employers to interns with an overall goal of building a skilled talent pipeline for the future.