Newly graduated from High School, Now What?
- College or University
If college is of interest to you, take exploration assessments that will match your skills, abilities and interests to careers that may be a good fit for you. These assessments are available online or at an employment service office near you. After you have narrowed down what you would like to study, find out the educational requirements for your field of study. You can also take part in job trials to see if the career is right for you before taking the plunge into post-secondary.
If post-secondary education is not right for you at this point, perhaps finding a job that is of interest to you is the way to go. Some jobs do not require diplomas or degrees and can end up being very rewarding careers. Examples of some of these careers that do not necessarily require post-secondary education are: cashier, customer service, retail and sales positions.
If you are a hands-on learner, maybe apprenticeship is the right option for you. Apprenticeship is earning and learning at the same time. 90% of your time in apprenticeships is hands-on learning a skilled trade on the job, while earning an income at the same time. The other 10% of the time in apprenticeships is in-school training for a specific trade. For more information, go to www.collegeoftrades.ca.
Another option for youth is to join the Canadian Forces. The military is an excellent career choice for those individuals looking to gain leadership experience and for those who are devoted to serving their country. For more information, visit www.forces.ca
Volunteering is definitely the way to go for newly graduated high school students. Having volunteer experience on your resume can provide valuable on-the-job training and is beneficial for job applications and college/university applications.
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