Whether you are fresh out of your high school or going to finish it soon, everyone is excited about the life ahead in college. But along with finishing school, comes the question of ‘What next?’, and between the plethora of advises that teachers, friends, and extended relatives are giving you, what you need to do is sit back and take a few moments with yourself. Is going to college is the only thing you want to do? Or is it just because your parents want you to do? We should accept the fact that colleges are not for everyone and nor they are necessary for everyone.
Education and learning is critical, not the colleges. So you can choose now, how you want to introduce yourself to the real world. And don’t worry, college is only one of the many options, and if you don’t want to go to college, there is whole new world of opportunities waiting for you to fly with your choices. Remember, some of the most successful people in the world did not go to or complete college.
There are number of career opportunities for you after high secondary education. Surely you can carry on your studies if you want to, but if you don’t want to study anymore, here are your alternate options.
Start Your Own Business
Yes, you can start your own business just after secondary education. You don’t need a college degree to start a business, what you really need is the passion for it. Education is important, not the certificates or degrees. So don’t consider yourself unready to start a business of your own, there are so many examples of successful businessmen who doesn’t have any college or school degree. Imagine, in the three years that you would earn a degree, studying from textbooks, you will get actual real-world experience.
Look For A Job
It is not a bad time to look for a job, there are number job opportunities for you. You can find both, part time or full time jobs. You can start your job as an intern and learn about your work with a minimum wage but as you will have more experience, you will have a rise in your salary. Over half the people in the world do not end up in professions they studied in college, so why not begin right away?
Join Defence Forces
There are several job opportunities for school pass outs in our defence forces. If you are interested in serving your nation and live a life of dignity and pride, you can surely look for jobs in Defence forces. Although it is not always a popular choice or safe choice but there are always people who are willing to do anything for their country.
Travelling And Volunteering
Everyone have their own perception about life, not everyone want to carry on their study after high secondary education, same as not everyone is interested in jobs after the same. Those who are not interested in studying or doing job after 12th, should look to explore the world. Numerous opportunities are available for students who want to travel the world and want to make living out of it.
Volunteering for various causes can also be a good idea for you to go further in your life. There are many government and Non-government organisations who looks for young students to join their cause for the betterment of the society and brought a change to our society.
You can also take some time off, go on vacations and take time to decide what you want to do with your life. Because it is never too late to make right choices in life and no one is pushing you to make them right now. Believe in your choices a little more and you will have a life that you desire for yourself, no matter what naysayers grunt and groan about it. Remember, it is better to delay taking the decision, instead of taking a wrong one. Whatever you do, do not use the education system, parents, school, friends, neighbours and your pets, as an excuse to what you wanted to do in life vs what you are doing. If you are determined and passionate enough, you will garner support. Last but not the least, do not use this article as some pseudo-inspiration to not go to college, you know you’d only be fooling yourself!