It’s no secret that every parent wants their children to do well in school. By the time a child reaches and graduates from high school, they will end up at an educational crossroads. As you can imagine, what a child chooses next will influence what else happens in their life.
If your child isn’t sure where to go from high school, it’s worth taking the time to examine their options with them. Above all, you mustn’t pressure them into doing something they don’t want to do. Here’s what your son or daughter can consider after high school:
Many high school graduates decide to enroll at their local college to further their education. A college education gives teenagers a chance to develop many of the skills they learned while at high school.
Plus, they get to explore different education options, such as studying subjects they didn’t get the chance to consider at high school. College students can use their further education as a foundation for enrolling in a university degree course.
Did you know that some high school students with an exceptional GPA (grade point average) apply for entry to university, bypassing college? As you can imagine, a university education provides students with the tools they need to forge successful careers.
There’s a raft of degree courses that your son or daughter can consider. For instance, if they have an interest in sports medicine and healthcare, they could look at available degrees in physical therapy or related health sciences degrees.
Apprenticeship or Internship
College and university aren’t the only further education options available to teens that have graduated from high school. Another two popular choices are apprenticeships and internships.
Both options will enable your offspring to learn a new trade and work simultaneously. They’ll also get a salary during their apprenticeship and, in some cases, in an internship. It’s an excellent experience for teenagers as it gives them their first taste of the job market.
Get a Job
Some youngsters decide they don’t want or need any further education and would instead prefer to simply leave school and get a job. As you can appreciate, there are several pros and cons to this option, and it’s not a decision your youngster should take lightly.
In some circumstances, going straight into a job could be a good thing. For example, you might want your offspring to join the family business and eventually run the company when you retire.
Join the Military
Lastly, some high school graduates decide they want to join the military. Some people believe that such a choice means teenagers will only get taught about combat and potentially get shipped out to warzones around the world.
The truth is, joining the military can be a pathway towards a specific vocation like engineering. It can also help youngsters decide which career is right for them. Joining the army, navy, and air force is, of course, a voluntary decision.
The above are just a few of the most popular choices that teenagers can consider once they graduate from high school.