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Office of College and Career Success
School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising
42 W. Madison St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602



Postsecondary Pathways: Life Beyond High School

Learn.Plan.Succeed. recognizes six postsecondary pathways. With support from school counselors, college and career coaches, teachers, trusted peers and family, students can start to define career goals and develop postsecondary plans.


Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation. This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.

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A paid work agreement between an employer and employee. The term applies to a person who is hired for a salary or fee to perform work for an employer.

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Military Service

Made up of five military branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Each varies in service commitment, location, and how its members contribute to the overall mission of protecting our country, though all are on the same rank-based pay scale.

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A combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

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Gap Year

A semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or postsecondary education in order to deepen one’s practical, professional, and personal awareness.

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Job Training

Programs are typically aimed at giving a boost to workers' employability and earnings.

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