Whether you are a 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student, begin thinking about and planning for your life after graduation NOW. We recommend that you use as many of the tools and experiences listed under the Getting Started section as you can throughout high school in order to graduate with a clearer understanding of your interests, skills, and talents and what career path might suit you best. Also, don't forget to stay connected.
Counselors and administrators at La Follette will use your school Gmail account to communicate important information about scholarships, applications, and graduation. So, be sure you have your gmail account up and running. Go to lafolletteweb.madison.k12.wi.us and log in!
- CAREER CRUISING - Start by completing the Assessments, located on the top bar of the home page, to see how your interests, skills, and abilities match with certain careers and how to improve your study habits based on your Learning Style. You can also use this site to search schools and programs that have your career and degree interest as well as work on resumes, cover letters, and preparing for interviews. Login is MMSD-student Id, password is birthday (mmddyy) plus first and last initial (ex. 012078as)
- OCCUPATIONAL INTERVIEW - Ever wonder what it's really like to do a particular job? Conducting an Occupational Interview or Job Shadow is one of the best ways to find out if that career you think you are interested in is really for you. This article on interviewing has some great questions to jump start your interview.
- JOB SHADOW - During a job shadow a person gets an inside peek into the day-to-day of a particular career. Check out Job Shadow or Student Career Info to see the inside world of hundreds of professions or, better yet, set up your own Job Shadow by calling a business that employs people in the field you are interested in exploring. Talk to your school counselor if you need assistance.
- VOLUNTEER - There are numerous places in your community that offer an opportunity to help others, build your resume, and explore working in a variety of settings. Get involved! Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom is a good place to start your search.
- WORK EXPERIENCE - Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom has a number of opportunities to get valuable experience on the job. Keep an eye out when you are at various businesses in the community as well. Check out Getting Your First Part Time Job for valuable advice.
- HIGH SCHOOL COURSES - Once you have identified some careers that you are interested in learning more about, select courses that are related to that field. For example, if you are interested in a health-related career, try out Health Science Occupations 1 or Anatomy & Physiology. If you are interested in a career in the trades, Introduction to Woodworking or Home Maintenance & Improvement might be a good place to start. If you would like to be a Journalist, try out Creative Writing or Newspaper Publishing & Writing for the Media. Career Internship and the Youth Apprenticeship program will give you Internship experience. Check out the Curriculum Guide for a complete list of courses