So, your child is going to leave high school soon, and they’re wondering what they should do next. High school graduation marks a turning point in every person’s life, and it is a little scary wondering what to do next. There’s a lot of options out there for them, and the decision can be a little overwhelming. If your child is struggling, then you’re probably looking for ways to help them out. Below are some of the most common options kids choose after graduating from high school. Go through the choices with them, discuss the pros and cons, and hopefully, your child will make a decision that is right for them.
Go to College
One of the most common choices for kids these days is to go to college. College is the best way to continue your education after high school and is often a requirement for many careers. There are, of course, both pros and cons to going to college, and you’ll want your child to consider this before they make their decision. You’ll also want to help them to not only decide on what they want to study in college but where they want to attend. Look at not only the program, but the location of the school, and any costs associated with it. College is a great way to experience some of the world while still furthering your education, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.
Get a Job
The other popular option for high school graduates is to immediately get a job. If your child has an idea of what they want to do, and they don’t need a college degree to do it, then they should start looking for a job in that field. Getting a job right out of high school allows your child to gain valuable work experience while also earning an income. Many teens choose to get a job out of high school, save up their money, and attend college once they can afford it, or once they have a better idea what it is they want to study. Talk to your child about the benefits of working right out of high school and help them pick a job that is right for them.
Get an Internship
If your child wants a mix of college and getting a job, have them consider an internship. Internships are a great way to gain experience within an industry, while still furthering your education. Sometimes an internship is the best way to get your foot in the door for a certain industry, especially if you don’t have any previous experience or related education. Some internships offer pay, while others are unpaid, so if your child is lucky, they will find one with a salary. Some others require that your student be in college to provide college credit. There’s plenty of internships available however, so your child is sure to find something that suits them.
Maybe your child doesn’t know what they want to do yet, and they have a little bit of money saved up. Right after high school is a great time to do some traveling, and to see either a little bit of the country or of the world. They may want to visit some of the great attractions here in the United States, such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. Or maybe they want to backpack through Europe and see some of the sights there. Once they enroll in college, or they get a full-time job, traveling becomes a little more difficult. With the time on their hands now, they can do some traveling before they settle in.
Mix Them All Together
Finally, your child doesn’t have to do just one of the items mentioned above. There are ways to mix them up and form a path that is more suitable for your child. For instance, they could get a part-time job while they take classes at a local community college. Then, during the Summers they could get an internship for work experience or do some traveling. There’s a wide range of options available and plenty of ways your child can mix and match them.
Have Your Child Do What is Best for Them
While some high school graduates benefit from going to college right after graduating, others benefit more from getting a job. There’s no correct decision, only a decision that is best for your kid. Take some time to discuss the options above with them and see what they think would be best. Offer your own advice, and together you should be able to form a plan that makes sense and sets your child up for long-term success.