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A High School Graduation Plan is a Career Pathway

This high school graduation plan for career exploration studies offers a career pathway and lessons for students planning for college, military, vocational school, or employment as a future goal.

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Who needs a high school graduation plan?

Every student can and will benefit from a well-designed, personalized high school graduation plan focusing on their future goals. It’s great pathway planning for high school and beyond.

If you work with high school juniors and seniors, you already know that many students need a plan for their future.

Work? College? Resumes? Applications? Training?

Students are overwhelmed with the choices and decisions they need to make during their last years of high school.

Even if students know the general direction their future is headed, they often aren’t sure of the steps they need to take to get there.

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Your students need this High School Graduation Plan.

Using this set, students will reflect on their futures after high school and then begin to map out the path that will take them there. In other words, students will create their own individualized and personalized career pathways.

This is more than career exploration – it’s putting together a detailed plan of action steps for students.

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One activity guides students to explore three different careers and detail the required training for each. This activity helps students focus on the exact steps needed to achieve their career goals.

For those choosing a college path, specific forms are provided to help students organize their college applications, scholarship applications, and financial aid.

If a student is considering the US military, forms are available to compare the various branches and track the necessary steps for enlistment.

The forms cover various career paths, including college, short-term educational training (1-2 years), the US military, and direct employment right out of high school.

Even More Resources:

Personal Essay:

Many college, scholarship, and job applications require a personal essay or statement of a student’s education and career goals. This kit includes a basic outline of a personal essay and an example for reference.

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Letters of Recommendation Forms:

Letters of recommendation are crucial for students applying to college, scholarships, and employment. Requesting references from students is a common practice. This set includes a form for students to fill out about themselves and their accomplishments, along with a sample letter of recommendation.

Also included are resume and scholarship trackers with checklists, a recording sheet for high school activities, and a “Welcome to Adulthood” form with essential tips on adult topics.

This comprehensive graduation resource set helps students stay organized and keep track of important forms and dates.

How can this be used in the classroom?

Teachers may wish to customize a packet based on each student’s individual goals. Or just hand out the pages that each student needs.

I recommend providing a manila folder for each student to store their plan safely.

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These High School Graduation Plans are wonderful for guidance counselors, special education teachers, vocational teachers, work-study teachers, language arts teachers, career exploration teachers, and ALL SECONDARY TEACHERS.

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