College: What if You’re Just Not Sure?

College: What if You’re Just Not Sure?
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    Not every high school is college bound and that is a given. However, out of those that think that they will be going to college, there may still be some hesitation.

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Those reasons can vary and include fear of launching off on your own or financial challenges. For other students, college doesn’t have the appeal that they thought it would. If you’re not sure that you want to go to college, consider these options as well.

Military Service

Some high school students are eager to see the world or at least head away from familiar territory. Serving the country can provide a way for you to leave home, earn some money, and explore your options.

Military recruiters are looking for bright, energetic and dedicated young Americans to serve their country. Meet with a recruiter to find out your options including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The National Guard and Coast Guard are two more options to consider.

Career Training

Pursuing a four-year degree just may not be the right path for you. Fortunately, there are numerous jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree with many positions accepting an associate degree or certification.

Jobs such as a computer network specialist or engineering technician require an associate degree with no on-the-job training. Insurance claim adjusters and appraisers can find work with no college required. You’ll receive on-the-job training, however. And if you have a flair for web development, you can find work too — without education.

The common thread with all these jobs is that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates solid job growth. Moreover, each position averages more than $50,000 per year. Find the career path that aligns with your desires and not with someone else’s educational aspirations for you.

See the World

Perhaps being cooped up in a classroom has little appeal for you. If so, college would be a big mistake. At least at this point in your life.

You have an option here worth exploring: traveling. See the world or at least your slice of it by spending the next year on the road. If your budget is limited, consider volunteering with your church and head out to the mission field. Or, you might secure temporary work if you can handle odd jobs.

Go to Work

You’ve been pining to work and leaving school affords that opportunity for you. If you already have work experience you may be able to avoid minimum wage jobs and secure better paying employment.

Working full time can give you a very good idea of what jobs are available and what you must do to attain good paying opportunities. Some companies will train you as you go, making it possible for you to use your experience for higher positions. You might also sample the job market to determine what job is best for you.

Looking Ahead

Clearly, if you’re not ready to start college in the fall, then don’t. You may need some time off to explore your options, then attending college only if and when you’re ready.

See AlsoWhat Are the Pros and Cons of Attending College?

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