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Learn how Ready Set Grad can help you stay on track to graduate and succeed.


9th Grade

Grad : Career Planning

With all your options after high school, you may not know where to start. Thinking about what your dream job might be will help you decide how to continue your education.

Take an inventory of your interests, talents, and lifestyle goals to help guide you in the right direction. You will be able to do this in class with the High School and Beyond Plan and on your own using the tools on the Big Future website. The High School and Beyond Plan helps outline who you are, how you learn, your high school goals, and your post-high school goals or plans. Our Washington Career Bridge website helps you get the education and training you need to get the job you want.

"Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search tool to research your career options. 

For inspiration in your planning, think about the different career opportunities ahead. Head to our Career Options page for a chart of ideas to get you thinking. Remember that these are just a few ideas, and many other jobs fall into multiple categories.

"Career Bridge is a one-stop searchable database that shows you how much certain jobs pay, and what kind of education you’ll need for these careers 

You can also volunteer doing community service, intern somewhere you might like to work one day, job shadow a professional, take occupational classes like public speaking or shop, or have pre-apprenticeship training. While you likely won’t be able to have a first job until you turn 16, options such as community service will help prepare you for life beyond high school.

In Washington, we also have skills centers, which can help you explore a future career path as well. Get more information here. You can find volunteer opportunities at United We Serve, a national government organization that helps first-time volunteers get involved in community projects!