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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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! 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!