Getting Additional Suggestions
As if you haven’t heard enough from us already, we have a few more ideas for you to think about as you start to plan for education after high school. Here goes:
If there’s something you might
be interested in doing for a career someday, ask your guidance
counselor to hook you up with someone in the community that you
can go and talk to. You can also follow them around and watch them do
their job (this is called job shadowing). You can ask them what they
had to do to get the job and what kind of education they had to get in
order to apply for the job. This can be really helpful when it comes
down to deciding if you really want to go to school for a specific career.
You might be considering going to a couple
of different schools, but aren’t sure which one is right for you.
A good way to figure this out is to take a tour of the college
or institute that you are interested in. Most postsecondary schools and
training institutes provide tours to people who might want to enroll
there. It’s great
because you can ask all kinds of questions, see if you feel comfortable
there, and talk with some of the teachers that teach the classes
you might be taking to see if it sounds good to you.
If you have a disability, you should also check to see if the school has a Disability Student Services Office. This is the place that will help you to make sure you get everything you need while you are getting your education, like accommodations, tutoring, or whatever.
Take a Class
Think about taking a class in community
education, or at a community college, a university, or a technical
college in an area that interests you before you leave high school. That
way you can find out what it is like BEFORE you decide to enroll and
spend lots of money.
Visit the Career Information Center
Visit your high
school’s career information center to find out about careers that
you may want to learn more about and postsecondary education programs
that match your interests and goals. We’ve said this before, but
visit your guidance counselor! They have a ton of information and
resources that can help you a lot. Don’t make us say it again!
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