Graduating from high school is the end of an era. Gone are the days of carefree learning and socializing with friends. Now you need to decide what you are going to do with the rest of your life and that is no small decision to make. The reality is that high school is the last frontier to cross before the responsibility of adulthood takes center stage while lots of teens see high school as a chore, something to get through and leave behind. Sure studying is work and school is not always fun and games but guess what? You will come to appreciate it for the relatively carefree time of life that it is after high school is over. Once you graduate high school real life begins and how that life plays out is shaped by what you decide to do after high school although it may sound cliché. So let’s take a quick look at your options. What are your choices when high school is done? Where do you go from there? It all depends on where you want to be and how quickly you want to get there.

What should you do after high school

Some people have life plans started before freshman year while others are still at the planning stage a year after high school. No one way is the right way because every choice means sacrifice and every path leads to more than one destination. Post secondary school includes university, college or career training in a non-trades field. In case you are ready to select a career path, did reasonably well in an academic program at school, and are able and ready to study and learn in a traditional setting, this is for you. You will need good grades in high school course work to get accepted to a school, or you must be willing to take extra time to upgrade in a post-secondary college prep program in case you are thinking of university or college. It just means you’ll have to take a slightly longer path in getting there just because our grades right out of high school weren’t great does not mean that college or university is not an option for you. Your high school grades may be less important but could come in to play when seeking financial aid for tuition as for career training programs, like the ones noted above. Check with the training center of your choice for details. The biggest hurdle faced by many people wanting to go on to post-secondary schools like university or college is the high cost of tuition and books. This may not be a concern for you but if you’re not so lucky you still have options in case your parents or family can afford to pay your way or if you have an education savings account. Extremely good grades can help in getting full or partial scholarships or bursaries but student loans are available to everyone even if you just squeaked by with minimum entrance requirements.