Coach Tips & Resources


Career Clusters
To learn more about the Career Clusters model go to:

Employment Projections
Wisconsin Jobs 2016:
Wisconsin WORKnet:
Industry Employment Projections for Milwaukee/Waukesha/Ozaukee/Washington:

Working with Youth
Information on Youth Development and Youth-Adult Partnerships:
How Millennials Can Survive And Thrive In The New Economy:
The New Millennial Values:

Preparing for Post-Secondary Education
KnowHow2Go Wisconsin:
Milwaukee Public School College Access Centers:
Economic Value of College (Georgetown University):


Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if being a My Life! My Plan! Career Coach is a good plan for me?

  • You want to make a difference. Most coaches tell us they wish they had an opportunity like this in high school. Or that they want to give back to the community.
  • Because they find the experience so rewarding, many of our coaches register to coach for multiple workshops!

What is my role as a My Life! My Plan! Career Coach?

  • As a Career Coach, you are there to guide the students to whom you are assigned in exploring careers and post-secondary education options, learning about in-demand industries and developing a career plan.
  • But don’t worry! There will always be a highly skilled facilitator present to guide you through the workshop activities!

What should I do to prepare for the workshop?

  • You’ve already taken the first step in preparing for a MLMP workshop – you’ve visited this page! Take a look at some of the links on this page – they provide a lot of helpful information regarding the 16 Career Clusters, as well as helpful information about working with teens.
  •  If you have not done so already, carefully review the training videos and materials included in your coach registration confirmation. They have a lot of helpful information!
  • Take a look at the ‘Workshop Documents for Printing’ section of this website – all of the materials for the day’s workshop can be found here. Feel free to take a look at some of the activities so that you know what to expect.
  • There will definitely be some mental preparation involved. Start by thinking back to the decisions you were faced with in high school. Spending some time preparing a few stories or scenarios from your past can be very helpful when finding common ground with the students you are paired with.

How many students will I be working with? Will I be paired with students who have an interest in my personal career path?

  • Our ideal ratio of students per coach is 2-4 students for every coach. We’ve found that this small group provides the perfect climate for personalization with a lot of great group interaction!
  • At some workshops we are able to match students with Career Coaches who are working/have worked in their career cluster of interest. However, even if your workshop is not able to provide that pairing, that’s ok. It is very beneficial for students to learn about career areas that they may have never thought about in the past!

I don’t have a lot of experience working with teens. What if they don’t want to communicate with me?

  • As the workshop begins, the facilitator will walk everyone through an ice breaker exercise. This activity is the perfect opportunity to find common ground with your students – whether career related, or not. Finding that you like the same football team, or love the same classes can go a long way in bonding!
  • Work to engage them in each activity. Remember, the more you engage the students, the more they will engage with you! If a student doesn’t seem to want to cooperate after some gentle encouragement, don’t hesitate to request assistance from the facilitator or school representative.

What will the students be like?

  • You will most likely encounter a wide variety of students! Watch Career Coach Training Module 1 for more information.
  • It is extremely important to come to the workshop with a very open mind. Some students may readily provide you with every detail of their life, while others might be apprehensive about discussing topics such as grades and career plans.
  • Keep an open mind about the background and expectations of students. Oftentimes, they are more scared than you are. Don’t ever underestimate their potential!
  • Remembering to be tactful in all of your discussions with the students will be very important! The workshop is designed to START the process of career exploration. Every student will be at a different point in their plans, some might never have thought about it, or feel like a post-secondary education is not obtainable for them. We want every student to walk away knowing that NOW is always the best time to start planning. It is never too late.

How will I know if the workshop is cancelled?

  • We rarely cancel a workshop. However, this is Wisconsin! If the school where the workshop is taking place is closed due to weather conditions or the like, it is a safe assumption that the workshop has been cancelled.
  • We will always email you as soon as we are informed of any delays or cancellations. Be sure to check your email the morning of the workshop for any last minute announcements.