• Future Legacies

13 Options After High School


Fortunately, the assumption that the only way to be successful is to attend a four-year college is in the past. Today, many graduating seniors have plans to attend four-year colleges after high school, but it’s not the only option, and today’s youth are embracing all options after graduation.


There are so many options for high school graduates to choose from - options that will lead them on their own unique path to becoming successful, well-adjusted, and happy adults.


If a teen isn’t sure about college or is nervous about having to choose something to do for the rest of their life, it might be time to consider other possibilities. Spending a gap year volunteering for a cause they believe in or working part- or full-time in an industry that interests them can offer valuable first-hand experience they can’t get in a classroom.


It’s also a good way to make professional connections and develop solid work ethic. Open communication can help teens come up with plans that resonate with them and gives parents the peace of mind to know they’re on the path of their choice.


There are several options to choose from, including:

  1. Earn a two- or four-year degree at a college.

  2. Enroll in a certificate program at a community college.

  3. Enter an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are formal combinations of classroom and on-the-job training.

  4. Enter an occupation-specific training program. These are sometimes called trade schools or vocational schools.

  5. Enroll in an inclusive college campus program. One example is Think College, a college option for people with intellectual disabilities.

  6. Start or continue training in a career or technical education program.

  7. Join a branch of the military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

  8. Apply to Job Corps. Job Corp is a no-cost career technical training and education program for low income young people ages 16 through 24.

  9. Take an online course in a field that interests you. Accredited Schools Online is a website specifically about online post secondary programs.

  10. Try a gap year program.

  11. Work and take adult or continuing education classes.

  12. Enroll in a one-year program to work on specific skills.

  13. Enter a volunteer program where you travel and work for a year in the US or abroad.

If you or your teenager are considering plans after high school and need guidance, we’re here to help!


Wishing you a bright future,

Wendy


Sources: Your Teen and Next Steps