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Career Exploration

Topics on this page include: career exploration with Xello, healthcare opportunities, manufacturing opportunities, and additional resources.

Career Exploration with Xello

Xello has tools to assist students in making informed decisions about their future careers and education. Xello features include:

  • World class assessments of skills and interests
  • Intuitive career exploration
  • Comprehensive educational planning for all post-secondary options
  • Career portfolio development

Xavier High School families are welcome to access Xello by logging in here. Students should be able to use their Xavier email address and password to log in.  

Healthcare Opportunities

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Info

Interested in a career in health sciences?  Getting your CNA license is increasingly important in this process and can give you a head start in your career.  It also gives you employable skills that could help bring in money while you are in college. Please reach out to your counselor at Xavier if you are interested in exploring these opportunities.

Here are programs that we have looked into and have recommended to students:

Quality CNA Training
Phone: (715) 902-1746

Fox Valley Technical College
You will be eligible for entrance in the summer before your senior year. (See also FVTC's comparison chart for LPN, RN, CNA)

Job Shadow Opportunities

Some health systems are opened back up to offering individual job shadows for students. Go to the following websites for more information:

Path 2 Practice

Path 2 Practice was created to assist students moving into post-secondary academics that are undecided and may have an interest in health care. These FREE online courses educate and peak health care interest. The Path 2 Practice set of courses covers the following career pathways and encourages students to explore health careers that are fitting for them; this set of courses also helps guide students into courses at their current college or university or directs them to local resources for these professions.

  • Introduction to health careers
  • Direct patient care careers
  • Information & Biotechnology careers
  • Behavioral & Integrative Health careers
  • Research, Public Health & Administrative careers
  • Medical Terminology

Find more info on the NEWAHEC website.

Virtual Career Conversations

Virtual Career Conversations are online, live interactions with local healthcare professionals. You will learn about the professional’s academic and career journey, their daily routine, starting or average salary and types of patients they see or work with throughout a day.  The best way for students to be part of these events are to sign up for live current VCE events at: OR   sign up for NEWAHEC Connect membership portal to view recorded events of your choice. Participating students will have the opportunity to ask professionals questions.

What is expected of a student attending a Career Conversation Event?

  • Log in on time for event(s) they registered to attend
  • Students must understand that they will not have access to patient care areas
  • Students will need to come prepared to ask questions of professionals that are presenting
  • Students will need to be respectful to all health care professionals involved in the Career Experience event

During the VCC events healthcare professionals will Introduce themselves, share their career path/journey, talk about schooling, salary, or wages, and discuss their daily routine/schedule/types of patients they see or work with throughout a day, they may be able to provide a virtual tour, if applicable they will also participate in Q&A where students can ask questions via the chat feature.

Health Career Websites

Find Health Schools and Programs
A great site for exploring health careers is the All Allied Health Schools website.  You can look up many occupations and learn about them, and link to colleges that prepare students for those careers.

Public Health Online
Public Health Care professionals are working to increase health and awareness to improve the health of society overall and typically work on a larger scale. Learn more about public health careers and schools here.

Wisconsin Health Careers 
This website offers information on health careers specific to the state of WI.  It lists over 80 professions and schools right here in the state that offer those professions.

Manufacturing Opportunities

Interested in manufacturing careers? Try a High School Job Shadow Event!

Other Resources

Additional websites that could help you do some career exploration are listed below.

BigFuture (College Board)
This site is made available by the company that provides the SAT and AP options to students.  Available to all students but Juniors have a special code available to them since they've taken the PSAT.  Enter this code (provided on your PSAT results) and your test information as well as your interest inventory will be added to help you narrow your searches.  Excellent information on college visits, picking the right college, and  full of career resources.

Career Explorer
Pretty thorough assessment that looks at interests, personality traits, and goals to match you with careers.  Detailed reports. Free!

Diocese of Green Bay: Vocations
Thinking about vocations?  Do you feel a call on your life to the priesthood, religious life, or serving as an adult in your church as a deacon or lay minister?  The Green Bay Diocese has a section dedicated to helping you understand more about this call.

Inspire Wisconsin Network
Their mission is to provide all students in WI with meaningful career-based learning experiences.

KnowHow2GO is a website sponsored by the American Council on Education for students in middle and high school about getting ready for college.  It includes free test prep information, talks about the costs of college, and helps you explore your interests. 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics : Student's Desk
Resources to set your career exploration in motion.

Personality Tests

Find a career based on your personality, likes, and dislikes by using these tools:

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.