Class of 2018
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What You Should Consider Doing NOW: Decide What to Do After High School
If You’re Planning on Going to College
Start watching for letters and emails confirming your acceptance into the colleges to which you applied. Keep track of when each one needs to hear from you to finalize the acceptance so you don’t miss a deadline.
You’re not in this alone! Selecting a college is usually a family or group decision. Keep communication open with family members, and listen to advice from others—your counselor, other students, and financial aid officers. They all can help with your decision.
Take a Final Campus Visit
If you’re accepted into a few colleges you might like to attend, consider taking one or two more campus visits. You’ll get a second look at the college, be able to ask more pointed questions, and spend more time on campus, really thinking about whether or not you can see yourself there.
Follow Up With Colleges
Once you’ve made a final decision and your acceptance has been confirmed, notify all other colleges to which you’ve applied that you won’t be attending. Often, colleges are holding scholarship money for you, and confirming your choice to go elsewhere can give other students an opportunity.
Exploring Options Besides College
There are plenty of career opportunities for high school graduates who don’t want to pursue college after high school. Here are some tips for finding employment right after you get your diploma.
- Discuss employment options with your counselor.
- Look for apprenticeships and other job training opportunities.
- Browse employment websites for opportunities and job requirements.
- Ask to “job shadow” at a local business.
- Consider getting a professional certification, license, accreditation, or an employability certificate such as the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate.
An Option to Serve
Another post-high school option is serving in the US Armed Forces. Here, you can gain real-world job skills and even scholarship opportunities that might lead you to a college path. You can also serve while attending college.
- Stop by your local military recruiters’ office or meet with recruiters during their visits to high school.
- Talk to family and friends who have served.
- Evaluate any limitations (physical, mental, emotional) that might prevent you from serving.
- Compare military training opportunities with job positions outside the military.
- Explore benefits, tours of duty, training, and promotion opportunities of various military programs.