Learning After High School
It’s hard to get a great job when you have only a high school diploma. It’s not impossible –- and it’s definitely nothing to feel bad about or be ashamed of. But if you get more schooling and more training, you will probably have a much better chance of getting a job you really want. It will also help you achieve all those other things you want, like having an apartment or a home of your own, buying a car, traveling, and things like that.
Postsecondary education (or more school) is a fancy way of talking about learning information and skills in a classroom (college, technical college, community college, art school, specialty school). These skills will help you to have a job in the future -- and eventually a career -- that you will be happy with.
But how much do you really know about postsecondary education? And do you know where to go for college or more school?
Try a Youthhood activity:
Browse a Web site:
- College Information from teenspace, the Internet Public Library for Teens
- Know How to Go (American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Ad Council) The 4 steps to college
- First Steps to Higher Education (Minnesota State CAREERwise education) Information on planning your education and career path in Minnesota.
- Making My Way through College (NCWD) Information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding
in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information
provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the
college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.
- The Differences: High School vs. College (fastweb!) A list of 20 differences between high school and college.
- A Day in the Life: 5 College Freshmen (My College Guide) Descriptions of the daily life of 5 college freshmen with differing interests, majors of study and college location.
- GAcollege411: Helping Students Plan, Apply, and Pay for College
- Adventures in Education: The Planning-for-College Destination (TG's Adventures in Education) Comprehensive resource for college planning including financial planning, courses, managing money and working while in college.
- My Future (MyFuture.com) A Web site about post-secondary options including finding careers, exploring colleges, and military service options.
- "The Next Step" Video (Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities) Personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools.
- Varsity Tutors Fee-based test prep tools and academic tutoring with some free resources and scholarships.
- Choosing a College in 2017 (Learn how to Become) Prospective students can use this page as a research launch pad to discover top schools in each state, get expert financial aid advice, and much more. They can also learn step-by-step how to narrow their options and find colleges that best meet their goals.
- Online Community Colleges (Learn how to Become) Community colleges have long been an important alternative for aspiring students, from high school graduates looking to save money before transferring into a bachelorís degree program to single parents that need flexible, career-focused training. The rise of online community college courses and degrees has only furthered the popularity of two-year programs, making it easier than ever to start the college journey. Keep reading to find answers to critical questions about cost, transferring credits and options after graduation. Also included is a section for new online community college instructors, featuring indispensable teaching tips and resources.
- Financial Aid and the Online College Landscape (AC Online) Financial aid for online colleges.
- Vocational Training: A Guide to non-degree education (Learn how to Become) The guide below provides an introduction to popular and growing fields of study, insight into vocational and trade schools, and a review of the benefits and drawbacks of completing a vocational program.
- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TRADE & VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS (Community for accredited online schools) A comprehensive guide to searching trade and vocational schools across the US.