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Post-Secondary Options. (what the heck am I going to do after high school?). The Present. The Present. So, what are my options?. Work Join the Military Community College Career College or Technical School Apprenticeship Military ROTC Traditional 4-Year College

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post secondary options

Post-Secondary Options

(what the heck am I going to do after high school?)

so what are my options
So, what are my options?
  • Work
  • Join the Military
  • Community College
  • Career College or Technical School
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military ROTC
  • Traditional 4-Year College
  • Live at home with Mom and Dad
work pros and cons
Work – Pros and Cons
  • One of the first slides showed how hard it is to make a living with only a high school education.
  • Career advancement?
  • I’ll have money to spend the way I want
  • I’ll feel more independent
  • What else?
military pros and cons
Military – Pros and Cons
  • I could get hurt
  • I might hate it
  • I would miss my family
  • Job training
  • See the world
  • Steady, reasonably secure income
  • Other benefits (college tuition, insurance, etc.)
  • Anything else to consider?
community college p s and c s
Community College – P’s and C’s
  • I still might not make enough to live on
  • Too small
  • I might not like it
  • Job market?
  • Cost!
  • There are some really great paying jobs that use a 2-year degree
  • I could always transfer to a 4-year college
  • Flexibility
career college technical school
Career College/ Technical School
  • Not as “prestigious”
  • I might not like it!
  • Cost (sometimes they cost more than traditional college)
  • Advancement opportunities
  • I’ll get to take the classes I really enjoy
  • I’ll be done more quickly than if I went to a 4-year college
apprenticeships pros and cons
Apprenticeships – Pros and Cons
  • No college education (again, this might limit my advancement opportunities).
  • May not be easy to find one.
  • 100% hands-on learning.
  • Often a paid position (so you’re being paid while you are learning).
military rotc pros and cons
Military ROTC – Pros and Cons
  • There is a service obligation.
  • Similar “cons” to joining the military.
  • Similar “pros” to joining the military!
  • I’d get a college education and be guaranteed a job at graduation.
  • I’d get paid to go to school.
  • There is a lot of structure and support.
  • I’d enter the military as an officer (and get more perks).
4 year college pros and cons
4-Year College – Pros and Cons
  • Expense.
  • What if I still can’t get a job?
  • What if I hate it?
  • Statistically, I should be able to get a job that would support me.
  • Controlled independence.
  • A larger variety of classes to take, which could help me decide what field I like before “committing” to it.
live with mom and dad forever
Live with Mom and Dad Forever
  • Do you really want to live with your parents??? Really??
  • (Trust me, your parents will kick you out eventually)
okay but how do i know what i want to do
Okay, but how do I know what I want to do?
  • We can use the Michigan College Access Network to identify interest areas and research careers.
  • Career Cruising is another tool to use.
  • Once you’ve identified an area of interest (and possibly the type of lifestyle you hope to have), you can work backwards to figure out what training you’d need.
  • Knowing what training you need will help you narrow down your options, but then you still need to make some choices.
off we go
Off we go!
  • Now that we’ve talked about what some of the options are, let’s get in the computer lab, take some interest inventories, and start some research!