What Should I Do After High School?

5 Tips about Career Training for High School Graduates

Are you getting ready to graduate from high school? High school graduation is a major milestone in your life. It’s one that you should celebrate. Remember, graduation is not only the end of something important, but it’s also the beginning of something big.  It’s time to start the next chapter in your life. Are you ready?

Choosing a direction for your life and career is not easy, but it is your chance to dream of the future and begin planning the steps to get there. Here are some tips for high school graduates who are trying to figure out what they should do after high school graduation.

Step 1: Get advice from your guidance counselors or career development advisors
Guidance counselors are trained to work with you to prepare you for your next step after high school. They can help you decide whether college is a good option for you, or whether other types of training programs might be a better fit, such as trade schools, vocational schools, or career training schools. Guidance counselors can suggest career interest surveys and help you find the school that can help you pursue your interests.

Step 2: Take career interest/self-assessment surveys
Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision. One way to begin is to look inward. Think about your strengths and interests. Are you a natural leader? Are you organized and good at following rules? Do you like helping others? Do you prefer hands-on activities to academic activities? These are the kinds of questions that you can find in career interest surveys. The surveys are designed to match up your interests and skills with possible career fields.

Education Planner is great resource for thinking about life after high school. It contains a career interest survey that can help you narrow down your choices into the type of career field you might enjoy. It also provides links to school search engines, information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and other useful resources for planning your future.

Step 3: Learn about career options
When you’re in high school, your career may seem a long distance into the future. It may be hard to picture what you will be doing in the next 5 or 10 years. CareerOneStop provides a wealth of information about possible careers, including career videos and predictions on what careers will be growing. The site contains descriptions of hundreds of career options. CareerOneStop can provide details about job outlook, salary information, required training, and job responsibilities. It’s a great way to get a feel for the careers that may interest you.

Another resource that describes hundreds of jobs is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Each job profile shows information about educational requirements, pay, job outlook, and the work environment. It is easily searchable and can help you look up any type of job that catches your curiosity.

Step 4: Start planning your education and career
Once you have narrowed down your career interests, you can start planning for your next move. To begin, you will have to get the training you need, whether it is college, vocational training, or career training. Education Planner offers resources for finding schools that are a good fit for your career interests. When you are shopping for schools, make sure you keep a checklist of questions and concerns for each school. This way you can find out the pros and cons of each school you are considering. Schedule tours of the schools that interest you, and don’t be afraid to ask your questions.

Another important factor in choosing a school is affordability. Education Planner helps you understand the basics of student aid and the factors you need to consider when figuring out how to finance your education.

Step 5: Think about your long-term goals
When you are graduating from high school, it can be hard to think about next year, let alone 10 or 20 years from now. Career OneStop has a useful goal-setting tool that helps you identify your long-term goals in life. This tool can help you get on the path toward these goals.

We hope these resources will be helpful as you embark on your adult life. Finding a career field that fits your interests is a great place to start, and with this advice, we hope you are on your way to a long and rewarding career.


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