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Post-Secondary Pathways


Post-Secondary Option 1: Go Straight into the Workforce After Graduation

  • If you plan to go straight into the workforce after graduation and not attend a post-secondary school or the military, you will have to make sure to research what job opportunities are out there based on your interest(s) and do the work to apply to the one(s) that best fits you.
  • Know that it is beneficial to look at companies/organizations that offer the opportunity for you to move up/advance within the company and/or be able to help pay for school for you if you decide to attend in the future.
  • Keep in mind that if your desire is to spend less time attending school and save money, consider attending a vocational school or a community college. This would give you a chance to attend school for a short period of time, save money on costs, and go into the workforce right afterwards with the potential to earn more money.
    Examples of vocational school programs include but are not limited to Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Auto Mechanic, Welding.
    Examples of community college programs include but are not limited to Registered Nurse, Firefighter, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Design.

Post-Secondary Option 2: The Military

  • There are five military branches that are unique in their structure and what they do: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and the Navy. There are also other sections of the military such as the Army National Guard and Air Force ROTC.
  • You want to choose a branch that best fits you. Research the branches and contact/speak with recruiters to see which one will fit you best.
  • The military is also a helpful tool to assist you in paying for post-secondary school.

Post-Secondary Option 3: Attending a Post-Secondary School
(Community College, College/University, Vocational School or Military Academy)

  • Once you know what career field you would like to pursue, research schools you would like to attend that provide the school/training that you need for your specific career. Make sure the school you attend is accredited.
  • Find out what the school’s admission requirements are and follow them. Apply as soon as possible, schools have deadlines and may have a maximum capacity requirement.
  • If you know you want to go to college but are unsure of what you want to do as a career, possibly look at attending a community college or vocational school first because it will cost less money as you try to figure out what career you want.
  • Contacting businesses and organizations to set up a job shadow is a great way to get exposure to a potential career to see whether your like or do not like it before you decide whether to pursue it.

Information for Career Assessment/Discovering Potential Career Field

Choosing a career or being aware of what type of career field(s) you are interested in is necessary before you can determine what type of schooling/training you will need. This is also the same for if you want to go straight into the workforce after graduation.

FL’s Career Assessment Tool for Students & Get Info on Various Careers:
www.mycareershines.org (Create an Account)

Get Information About Various Career Fields

If after researching you are still unsure about what career you want, email Ms. Bazunu or your school counselor to schedule an appointment to assist you.