What Do You Want to Do After High School?

It isn’t an easy question to answer. Most students have few opportunities to explore careers in a hands-on way. And if you have identified careers that interest you, it isn’t always easy to know how much schooling you might need, which careers are in high demand, and what you will get paid. We hope this hub will help you, and those who care about you, explore careers, access internships and job shadow experiences, connect with programs that will help you continue exploring, and develop a plan for success. There is a great path for every student. Let us help you find yours!

Step 1:  Take A Career Interest Assessment

Kirkwood Career Coach is a free career interest assessment that can help you identify careers that are a good fit for your interests and skills. Once you complete the assessment and have your career list, use this website to further explore those careers. You can watch videos and review salary and education requirements to see which options are ideal for your future!

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Pathway

Careers in production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities

Information Solutions

Careers in arts, audio, video, technology, communication, and information technology

Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Manufacturing

Careers in architecture, construction, manufacturing, STEM, and transportation

Health Sciences

Careers in therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research

Human Services

Careers in education, human services, hospitality and tourism, government and public administration, law, public safety, corrections, and security

Business, Finance, Marketing, & Administration

Careers in business management and administration, finance, and marketing

Explore Career Pathways

All careers are organized into six career clusters that are then broken down into 16 career pathways. To begin your career search, consider your interests in the first six categories and then dig deeper into the various careers that are a part of that category. Consider which careers are in high demand (which means you are likely to get a job!), how much education you will need, and what your likely paycheck will be. You should also consider your skills and what you enjoy doing.

 

Once you have a few career pathways that interest you, it’s time to explore how you can build your knowledge and skills in that pathway through internships, in-school courses, and outside-of-school programs and camps.

Let’s Get Started!

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Discover Work-Based Learning Opportunities

It can be challenging to find time in your high school schedule for career exploration, but it can really make a difference in helping you learn what you really love to do and what you don’t. The electives that most Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) schools offer are a great place to start. You will also have the opportunity to complete a job shadow or internship experience with a regional employer during your sophomore, junior, and senior years through the Workplace Learning Connection.

 

If your career pathway requires a certification, or a two- or four-year college degree, you can begin that coursework while still in high school through advanced placement classes and the Kirkwood Career Academies.

 

Kirkwood Career Academies provide hands-on technical programs and arts and science classes for our high school juniors and seniors. The Academies allow you to try out different career opportunities while simultaneously earning credit that can be transferred to a college. The best part about this program? It is provided at NO COST to students and families. Students access the program through their high school class admissions process and take classes at the Kirkwood Regional Center in their county. Student transportation via bus is provided by their school.

Other Career Learning Opportunities

Dozens of organizations in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) provide learning opportunities that allow students to continue exploring careers and building essential skills outside the classroom. Summer camps and classes, STEM workshops, and leadership programs can help you build knowledge about your own interests and develop skills that will be valuable for your future career.