Education Options After High School (High School Graduates)

Graduating from high school can be an exciting time in your life. However, deciding what comes next may become a daunting task. With the number of options that are available to young graduates, deciding what is best for your future may seem confusing at first. Comparing the benefits of each option, the cost involved and the time spent may help you make a better decision for your future. Some of the common options available are a university or college degree, distance learning, joining the military or employment immediately after high school.

Four Year University or College

You can opt for a Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a subject of your choice and may declare an “undecided” major. In this way you can take general classes for a few semesters until you are sure of what you would like to major in. Colleges usually provide academic advisors to each student to guide them in the right direction. It takes four years to complete your degree and you study a variety of courses. This allows you exposure to a number of different fields and sectors of industry which may assist you in making the final decision.

Two Year Community or Technical College

A community or technical college offers an Associate’s Degree (A.A. or A.S.) which takes two years to complete. It is usually less expensive than the four-year college and university degrees.  An Associate’s degree is usually easily transferred to a larger university where one can continue to earn a Bachelor’s degree if so desired. There are flexible schedules and are usually easier to get admission into as long as one has a high school or GED degree.

Distance Learning

For those opting to start a job right after high school, distance learning offers a way to continue with college from the comfort of one’s home. Many noted colleges and universities now have an e-campus branch that is taught by equally qualified professionals offering quality education online. E-learning programs allow immense flexibility. One can structure their schedule to perfectly suit their busy lives.

Noted universities offer 24hour support for these classes and conduct classes through online discussions with other students, videoconferencing, and assigned homework assignments and tests. Proctored exams are taken to ensure accurate test taking. They are usually priced in an equal manner as a traditional university course.

Joining the Military

A safe option is to enroll in the military after high school. It gives you exposure to life and helps you learn more about yourself and you strengths. The U.S. Armed Forces offers full financial support for your entire college when you enroll.
Even though you may be deployed when needed, your education is provided at no cost to you.

Work and Study After High School

With the economy in its current state, many individuals are seeking jobs right after high school. Gaining work experience immediately after school can benefit one in the future. However, it is most beneficial when this is a short term goal to earn enough money to go to college later or to study while working. Internships are another way to delay after school college and yet advance your career. Employment in the field in which you are considering a career in will be most beneficial.

There are a number of options are available to high school graduates and even though college an education is teh best option, there are many ways to approach it. It is essential to explore the different options and pick one that is best suited for your lifestyle, finances and career goals.

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