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Where to Go After High School: Pathways to Success

What to do After High School

Taking the next step after high school can be stressful. There are plenty of options to choose from, but they all depend on what career path you want to take. You might decide to start work, join the military, or further your education. 

All of these are valid choices, so be sure to take time to think about which one is right for you. If you’re thinking about continuing school, you probably have a lot of questions. Where will you go to school? How will you pay for it? What will you study?

Before making these decisions, it helps to know what higher education options exist. Here is some information about the three most popular education options following high school. 

Trade School

Trade school programs offer more technical programs that give students career skills. Many of them give students certifications to show employers that the student in question has the right skills to perform a particular kind of work. This is why vocational programs tend to focus on a specific field or job. The time commitment required depends on the program you choose, and can range from just a few months up to two years. Some can lead to internships or apprenticeships for continued work-based learning opportunities.

Students who like hands-on learning might do well in trade school programs focusing on web design, medical assistance, or maintenance and repair. Instructors are often workers or experts in their fields. This allows them to provide their students with the industry-specific knowledge they need to thrive in their chosen industries.

Community College

This is a popular option for many students because classes at community colleges tend to be very affordable. Programs are typically meant to last two years for associate’s degrees, and one to two years for technical certifications.  

Community colleges offer resources to help you get the most out of your education. Most offer tutoring, workshops, and other training opportunities to help you transition into adult life and higher education. Finishing a community college program can jumpstart a great career or serve as an intro to a four-year program. It all depends on the career you choose.

University (Private vs Public)

Going to a college or university for a bachelor’s degree is the final option to consider as you make your decision for education beyond high school. These programs are usually full time and last four years. Each university will offer a wide range of programs that can help you enter into the career field of your choice. Some popular options include: business, healthcare professions, psychology, engineering, and education.

With a four-year degree, you’ll be looking at either a private or public option. Public schools are usually larger but affordable, provided you stay in your home state. Private schools can be large or small, but they are typically very expensive. 

There are a lot of ways to continue your education after high school, and Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas is here to help you make a choice you are happy with. Let us know if we can help.