For any plant to grow, it needs water. In the same way, your talents and skills need to be nourished. Studies show that skill development (training after high school) is important to obtain and maintain livable wage jobs. CareerTrees.org shows you what it takes to grow your career. As the job zones increase, so does the preparation you will need to get the jobs that will advance your career. For example, if you are working as an Office Clerk (Zone 2), you can complete a program at a community college to work as a Legal Assistant (Zone 3).
There are many opportunities to help you develop your skills and move you along your career path. Career Bridge can help you find a training provider near you. Here are some other sites that can help you find a training program right for you.
- Apprenticeship Washington
- L&I Apprenticeships
- Check out a College
- Career Bridge
- Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing
- Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Some career pathways may require baccalaureate or even an advanced degree to progress. Find out if a four-year college or university is right for you.
For many young Americans, serving their country in the military can be a rewarding experience. Benefits include training, honor, education, travel, pay, and self-discovery.
Remember, your career advisor or case manager can assist you with any of the above choices. They can also help you find scholarship and other financial aid opportunities to pay for training. For those in high school, Career & Technical classes are a great way to get a head start on your career. Your high school counselor can explain the options to you.
Have you dropped out of high school? You will have significantly less opportunities to find a career you enjoy if you do not complete a high school diploma or GED. We suggest contacting your local school district or WorkSource center to help you get started. Oftentimes individuals are much closer to graduation than they think.