Career Pathways

"How do I find information to show me how to get from high school into a career I want?"

-Ashley, Sophomore

Career Interest

Is Machining right for you? Click here to find out more.     

How Do I Start

Find out more to build your pathway and find ways to become a Machinist. 

Career Prep

Looking for resources to prepare for your career? This is the place. Click here. 

Get to Work

Click here for resources and guides to help you find a job in manufacturing. 

YOUR CAREER PLATFORM

Welcome to your platform to explore careers, find education and training opportunities, and learn more about how to prepare for a career. Please look around, explore, and work on your plans to develop your future. 

WHAT IS A PATHWAY?

There is little doubt you have thought about what comes after high school. What may not be as clear is how to get from WHERE YOU ARE today to WHERE YOU WANT TO GO. The path to your career is not always a straight line. And there are MANY ways to get to your career. Our goal is to show you different options that can work for you. 

Starting Point

Identify

Desired

Career

Complete High School 

(or equivalent)

Career Preparation

 

(Training & Education)

Financial Aid

(if needed)

Career

This site is designed to help guide you through these steps and provide you with resources along the way. You still must decide what you want to do. From there, we can help you create your plan and find the support you need to get the additional training and education to prepare for the career you want. 

STEP ONE: DECIDE WHAT TO DO

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Many Options

Choosing and preparing for a career is a big challenge. 

After high school, you have several careers to choose from. You've heard about 4-year college - and that's great. But it's not for everyone. Many do better in a career that follows a different pathway.

Our goal is to help you explore careers and show you how to get there. We'll help identify education, financial aid, and support to reach your goals. 

We prepared resources for you no matter your career readiness. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please ask. 

We'll begin by exploring careers. 

CLICK HERE to go to our CAREER EXPLORATION resource page to:

  • Learn about different careers.

  • Take assessments to help you identify interests.

  • Find resources to learn more about jobs.

CLICK to visit our CAREER ASSESSMENT PAGE

Meet Jessica

"With so much information out there, I didn't know where to begin. I couldn't get answers to know how to plan out my life. I started by discovering what I wanted to do and learning more about the career. That helped me find additional information about programs, schools, and funding. I was able to create a plan."

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Meet Rick

"It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. High school graduation seemed so far away. I didn't see a need to figure it out. Finally, I realized that without training after school, I couldn't make enough to live. I was able to take some assessments, find a field I love, and get the training I needed." 

STEP TWO: PREPARE FOR A CAREER

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How Do I Prepare for My Career?

When you find a career that interests you, your next step is to learn how to get from where you are to where you want to go.

There are several career pathways you can consider...more than one way to get from where you are to where you want to go. 

Many jobs require extra training and education. There are many options to choose from. You may consider several educational pathways

 

It is important to explore these pathways and find the right approach that works for you. ​

CLICK HERE to go to our CAREER PATHWAYS page. 

CLICK HERE to go to our EDUCATION PATHWAYS page. 

CLICK to visit our CAREER PATHWAY PAGE

CLICK to visit our EDUCATION PATHWAY PAGE

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EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS 
TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CAREER

There is more than just one way to get from where you are to where you want to be. 

Most careers require special training or preparation. Learn what options exist to help you prepare.  There are usually several ways to get to your career. 

LEARN MORE

Jessica

"With so much information out there, I didn't know where to begin. I couldn't get answers to know how to plan out my life. I started by discovering what I wanted to do and learning more about the career. That helped me find additional information about programs, schools, and funding. I was able to create a plan."

Smiling Student Sitting At Desk

Rick

"It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. High school graduation seemed so far away. I didn't see a need to figure it out. Finally, I realized that without training after school, I couldn't make enough to live. I was able to take some assessments, find a field I love, and get the training I needed." 

STEP THREE: DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS 

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What Are They? Why Care?

A skill is a learned or natural ability. Employers count on employees bringing specific skills to perform important jobs. Together, everyone contributes to help the organization achieve its goals. 

There is a difference between "occupational skills" and "employability skills."

Occupational Skills are the knowledge and skills employees need to do a specific job or to succeed within a specific occupation. 

Employability Skills or Workplace Skills are those needed for you to be successful when you are in the workplace. They are the things you do and how you act that make or break your success as an employee.  Though they are not necessarily job specific, they do affect your ability to succeed. 

EXPLORE CAREER PATHWAYS

WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHY DO YOU WANT IT?

Use one or more of these free resources to discover any number of careers that may be of interest to you. Remember that these are only here as a tool. They are not meant to indicate what you WILL do...only to suggest areas for you to learn more about. If you find something you like, learn more about it and how you can build a career around it. 

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The Machinist Pathway is brought to you as a collaboration between the Machinists Institute, OTD, and Career Connect Washington. As proud partners in workforce development, these groups are dedicated to providing resources to students, parents, educators, employers, and others to prepare and employ a qualified workforce. We know it will take all of us to solve the talent shortage. Together we can make a difference to bring the manufacturing resources needed to supply America and the world!