You just graduated, Now what?

You just graduated, Now what?

How do your plans look for the summer, the rest of the year, or the next five years? Based on your specific interests and goals, you might be getting ready for college, starting an apprenticeship, joining the armed forces, or going on vacation. The options are endless!

About six in 10 teens say they plan to attend a four-year college after graduating high school, with 12 percent indicating they plan to go to a community college.

About 60 percent of polled U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 plan to attend a four-year college, with another 12 percent indicating they plan to attend a two-year college, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Others plan to work full time, join the military or attend a technical/vocational school, but 13 percent said they weren’t sure what they would do after completing high school. A higher percentage of girls (68 percent) said they plan to attend a four-year college, compared to boys (51 percent). Researchers
found little difference between genders among surveyed teens who plan to attend a two-year college, technical/vocational school, work full time or join the military after high school. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of teens who said they planned to go to a four-year college expressed some concern over being able to afford it, particularly among students (76 percent) from households with incomes below $75,000. The research indicates that many U.S. families still may not realize that community colleges are a viable option to attain a postsecondary credential and an affordable pathway to a baccalaureate.

Don’t make education or career choices based on what your friends are doing. Find your own unique path.

Keep an open mind as you consider your options for the future. Don’t be afraid to change your job or your college major. Learning what you don’t like is just as important as learning what you do like.

Make the most of your time by looking for part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities. Whether you’re looking for the right professional path or getting ready to start college, every role you explore is a learning experience.

Never pass up an opportunity to introduce yourself to someone new. You never know when you’ll meet a new friend or future colleague who can help you find other connections.

Begin building relationships with professors, advisors, bosses, co-workers, et al. They can enrich your life plus write letters of recommendation for you in the future.

Find a mentor, which is a type of advisor similar to a school counselor. A mentor is someone you can go to for support and advice regarding your personal or professional development.

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