Career Choices

High school students need to be aware that each career possibility will require you to do a specific type of post-secondary training.
For example:
  • A carpenter can go to a technical school or learn the trade as an apprentice
  • A teacher will need a bachelors degree
  • A doctor will need to go on to graduate school and earn a doctorate degree in medical school
It is important to gather information about the career you are interested in.
Important things to be aware of are:
  • Education needed
  • Salary
  • General work activities
  • Responsibilities & Description of each occupation you are considering
The following websites can help you gather this type of information about a wide variety of careers.
See Mr. Uppena if you need more information or have any questions.

Careers Internet Database
Username: 9823 Password: future
Wisconsin Careers Pathways
Learn More
Wisconsin Mentor Site
Military Career
Military Information
Wisconsin Jobs
Student Exchange Information
College Data

Career Planning

It is never too early to start thinking about your future. This process is valuable for many reasons:
It may assist you in choosing your high school courses and extra-curricular activities.
It allows you to generate ideas of what you like, the skills you have, and what is important to you.
It provides a framework to determine and achieve realistic goals in relation to your future.
The first step in the career planning process is to determine who you are in relation to the world of work. This information can be identified by evaluating your interests, skills and values.
Interests = Things you like to do
Skills = Things you are good at
Values = Things that are important to you

After defining your interests, skills, and values, the next step is to connect this information to potential careers
Based on your interests, skills, and values, you should be able to draw some conclusions about yourself. Try to identify common themes in your interest sections. Begin with your personal interests and connect these with your school interests. See the examples below to assist you in this process!
Example 1.) DECA is a business-related club and you enjoy Business Education courses. Because these two areas are similar interests, perhaps you should look for possible college majors and potential careers in the business world.
Example 2.) Debate is a club where you engage in public speaking and discuss relevant policy issues. In addition, you enjoy AP-Government class where you also discuss relevant policy issues and engage in public speaking. Thus, because Debate and AP-Government are similar, perhaps you would enjoy a college major/future career in the area of Government, Political Science, Public Affairs, Education, Health Care or Pre-law.
Example 3.) You enjoy learning and speaking the Spanish language. This interest and skill can not only be a college major, but it can be used in nearly every type of future career. Especially in areas such as, Education, Business, Health care, Communications and Public Affairs.
Identify your options to reach your career goals.
Options: 4-year college, technical colleges, military, and/or immediate entry to workforce
1. Begin by comparing four-year colleges to technical colleges.
When comparing the colleges; identify which type of college you are most prepared to enter.
4 Years English (including composition and literature)
4 Years English
3 years social studies
3 years social studies
3 years math (algebra, geometry, and algebra II)
3 years math
3 years natural science (must have at least one year of lab science such as biology, chemistry or physics)
2 years science
4 or more courses from the following areas: fine arts, computer science, and other electives
Elective courses
2 years high school foreign language required for UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire. Double check with each college!!!
NOTE: Different requirements for the following technical school majors: Dental Hygiene & Nursing: “C”or better in algebra, biology, chemistry Physical Therapy Asst.: “C” or better in algebra, biology, physics Radiography: “C” or better in algebra, biology, physics and chemistry

UW Eau Claire - Top 25% w/minimum ACT of 22 or Top 50% w/minimum ACT of 23 or Unranked students w/GPA of 3.25 or better w/minimum ACT of 23.
UW Green Bay - Minimum GPA of 3.25 w/minimum ACT 17 or Minimum GPA of 2.25 w/minimum ACT of 23 or GPA of 2.25-3.24 w/ACT of 17-22.
UW LaCrosse - Top 25% w/minimum ACT of 23 and rigorous academic course or Top 30% w/minimum ACT of 26 and rigorous academic course.
UW Madison - Admission is competitive and selective, High school performance (rigor of course work, GPA, trend in grades, and/or class rank), ACT and/or SAT scores, nonacademic qualifications (extracurricular activities, leadership, service and talent), personal statements and recommendations are considered.
UW Milwaukee - Top 50% with minimum ACT of 17 or Top 75% with minimum ACT of 21.
UW Oshkosh - Top 40% w/minimum ACT of 22 or Unranked students w/GPA of 3.0 or a minimum ACT of 22.
UW Platteville - Top 50% or minimum ACT of 22.
UW Parkside - Top 50% or minimum ACT of 21.
UW River Falls - Top 40% with minimum ACT of 22.
UW Stevens Point - Top 25% or GPA of 3.25 w/minimum ACT of 21 or Top 50% w/minimum ACT of 21.
UW Stout - Top 50% or GPA of 2.75 w/minimum ACT of 22.
UW Whitewater - Top 40% or combined class rank percentile score must equal 100 or higher for priority admission.
UW Superior - Top 50% with minimum ACT of 21 or Top 33% with minimum ACT of 23.
  • These numbers are from the 2008 UW Guidebook

2. Read through the guidebooks and visit college web-sites to attain more information about college, career and military options.
To complete this step, visit the guidance office for :
University of Wisconsin guidebook
Wisconsin Private College & Universities guidebook
Wisconsin Technical Colleges guidebook
Military information
and visit
The guidebooks, UWHELP web-site, and military information provide information such as:
Campus location, size of campus, potential college majors, costs of college, scholarship opportunities, campus contacts and campus tour dates
Once you have identified some future plans, start achieving your goals by taking the following steps:
1. Determine the type of entrance exam you must take: ACT, SAT, COMPASS TEST, ASVAB or visit the guidance office.
2. Obtain paper applications in the guidance office OR Visit the following websites:
WI Public colleges
Apply on-line @
WI Private colleges
Apply on-line @
WI Technical colleges
Apply on-line @
Out of state colleges
Apply on-line at the school’s web-site
3. Visit your college(s) of interest
College tours are vital!! During a tour, think about factors such as location, price, scholarship opportunities, size of classes, diversity of campus, work opportunities and other factors that may affect your college experience. Check out each school’s web-site for registration information.
4. Attend an Education Fair
5. Meet with college and/or military recruiters
See the Counseling Office web-site, and bulletin board for times when recruiters will be in the guidance office.
6. Scholarships
See the Senior newsletter, Counseling Office web-site, and bulletin board for scholarship information
Apply for FINANCIAL AID in January. Apply on-line at
7. JOB Searches
If you plan to enter the workforce immediately following high school, it is important to know how to fill out a job application or prepare a resume correctly. For tips on how to get the job you are looking for visit the web-site