Now is the time to start thinking about a career path. You don't have to know exactly what you want to do, but if you have a general idea, you can plan accordingly.
To start getting ready for your future, you'll have to find out what kind of preparation you'll need.
- Can you get on-the-job training?
- Do you need some type of college education?
- Will you go into the armed forces?
Benefits of College
You'll have a lot of options after high school. College isn't right for everyone. When you think about college, remember the reasons to go:
- More job opportunities
- The chance to earn more money over your lifetime
- Increased knowledge
- New people to meet
- Opportunities and experiences you can't find at home
Questions About College
You may think you have a good reason or two to not consider college. If you have any of these concerns, see if the information below helps.
- I can't afford it. Money and scholarships are available from the government to help you pay for school. Saving now helps too!
- I'm not good at school. You can do better in classes if you make up your mind to put in the work. Learn good study habits. If school is hard for you, think about asking a tutor or teacher for extra help. Also, college isn't always a four-year university. Learn more about the different types of schools.
- I don't know what to do. Luckily for you, plenty of resources can help you plan for college. Start by talking to your parents and your school counselor. Visit KnowHow2GO for more ideas.
- I don't know anyone who has gone to college. You may be the first in your family to go to college, but you know many others who've attended college. Your teachers and school counselor had to go to college. Talk to them and ask about their experiences. College isn't as scary as you might think