3 Resources to Support Students’ Post-Graduation Planning

by | 09.9.21

Ralph Aiello is director of school counseling at his district in Broward County, FL.This resource is shared in partnership with Roadtrip Nation.

“When our students are planning their futures, they count on the adults in their school communities for guidance. But often, the voices students are most likely to listen to are those of young people like them, who have recently been in their shoes. 

Roadtrip Nation’s videos give our students that opportunity, highlighting the stories and experiences of a range of high school students navigating their postsecondary journeys. . When our students see high schoolers and recent graduates  who have similar lived experiences fulfilling their goals and dreams, their belief in their own goals and dreams grows.

Check out the collection of resources below for tools that your team can use to help students reach their goals!”

–Educator Ralph Aiello 

3 resources for college and career conversations, via Roadtrip Nation

Making college and career plans is always complicated for students – and the pandemic has added new considerations and challenges. Research shows that teachers like you can play a big role in giving students access to the full range of options available to them.

These resources from Roadtrip Nation might help shape upcoming homeroom lessons or counseling sessions that can guide student’s thinking about their futures.

Check them out below, and consider using the resources that will best support your students.

Step 1. Talk with students about their options.

Roadtrip Nation offers the following message to students – and an 11-minute video to accompany it. By playing this, you can get your students thinking about the options open to them and introduce them to students sharing their own experiences.

“Between a pandemic and the rising social justice movement, it’s no surprise that one in four high school students changed their educational plans over the last year. So if you’re in that boat, you don’t have to feel lost or alone! From workforce development programs to community college, there are still plenty of fulfilling paths you can take to reach your dreams…but most importantly, there’s a path that’s just right for you.”

Watch introductory video>

Step 2. Share video “playlists” so students can hear directly from young people like them.

Inspire students to broaden their postsecondary planning considerations by sharing videos that connect with their experiences.

Here are a few examples from Road Trip Nation’s video playlist library:

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Step 3. Give students time to explore potential career routes using the Roadmap.

The Roadmap invites students to share two interests, then creates a customized dashboard launching point for career exploration. Give students time to use the Roadmap and explore possibilities for their futures, then invite them to reflect on surprises and potential next steps. 


We hope these resources spark some inspiration for supporting students in achieving their postsecondary goals! Roadtrip Nation has a whole collection of accompanying resources you can use to discuss future planning with students. You can check them out here: 



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