4 tips for high school grads to consider
To all the recent high school grads, the first thing in order is to say congratulations! Completing your high school years is a major milestone in your life, and one that should be celebrated.
For many people, this time of life is also one of uncertainty. Graduates may not know what their next step in life should be. Should you apply to college? Should you look for a job? Should you enroll in a career training program? If you are a recent grad who has this feeling of uncertainty, try these tips to help you narrow down what you want to do.
Tip 1: Take a career interest survey
If you start exploring career paths, you will find that there are hundreds of careers to choose from. This is your chance to dream and imagine what your future may entail. One way to get started is to take a career interest survey. These surveys help you to identify your interests and strengths and how they match up with career paths.
There are many online career interest surveys, and some are better than others. Education Planner is a helpful website that contains a career interest survey, as well as school search engines, financial aid resources, and other tips for graduates.
Step 2: Explore career options
Many of us are unaware of the many hundreds of career options that are available. Your future career may be a job that you haven’t even heard of! Give yourself some time to do a thorough review of the choices out there. To get a clearer picture of job fields, try CareerOneStop. This resource offers explanations of possible careers and how they are predicted to grow in the future. It also has career videos that provide a visual depiction of a variety of career choices.
You can also use the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This online handbook is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It has an alphabetical listing of hundreds of jobs. You can learn about the educational requirements, predicted salary, and the future job outlook for each career.
Step 3: Set your long-term goals
When you are just finishing high school, it may be hard to think 10 or 20 years into the future. But you want to choose a path that you will enjoy for many years to come. Try using Career OneStop’s goal-setting tool. This way you can identify your short-term and long-term goals and make decisions that make sense for you.
Step 4: Start planning your next step
Once you begin to narrow down your strengths and interests, you may be ready to pursue the education or training you need to start on your career path. The Education Planner is a good tool for this next step. It has a school database that helps you find schools and know what to look for in a school. When you are looking at different schools, be sure to take tours and ask questions so that you have the information you need to make your decision. The Education Planner can also help you figure out the basics of student aid.
With these resources at your fingertips, we hope you feel more prepared to plan the next step in your life. Best of luck on your journey!
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