Life After High School: Top 10 Alternatives to College
Get a Job
In addition, she should look in an industry that interests her and a company for which she can see herself working in the future, not just for the time-being. The opportunity to build a career off an entry-level job is there, if she is willing to work for it and stick it out.
Start a Business
Your teen can start by listing his strengths and interests, and finding potential industries that would put them to good use. And remember, even if his first venture fails, it will give him valuable experience and insight for his next.
For more information on community service, visit the American Field Force's website.
Serve in the Military
For more information on military opportunities, visit the United States Army's website.
Learn a Trade
Trades are usually completely skill-based, so the only way to learn is to get hands-on experience. Your teen should look for a job or apprenticeship that is geared towards his area of interest, and can help him towards earning any certificates or licenses that may be needed to advance his career. Some examples of trades include carpentry, technology, cosmetology, and machining.
Be an Intern or Apprentice
Additionally, internships and apprenticeships only focus on what applies to the field, making this a good choice for a teen that might not have been fond of the "general studies" aspect of high school.
AmeriCorp is a national program that allows over 75,000 individuals to volunteer each year. To learn more about their program and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.americorps.gov/. Additionally, the Peace Corps offers great volunteering opportunities as well. For more information, visit the Peace Corps website.