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August 2016

You've Graduated... Now What?

Well, a good answer for that question may be, "It's time for some adulting." And yes, you're right - it isn't easy. As my daughter, a 2016 graduate, recently told me, "It scares me to death." Honestly, I can remember feeling the same way. There are a lot of unknowns in your future. Yet, it's time to start thinking about the future (if you haven't already) and making plans. As I've told my daughter -- you don't have to let it scare you! The world is wide open and full of options... your future awaits!

College Alternatives

Some of the most successful people in America have never been to a college or university. Here are some spectacular alternatives to the four year degree.

  • Start a Business - Small business owners make up 14% of the American workforce.
  • Take a Gap Year - Take a break before continuing your education to travel or pursue an interest. You may even be able to build some college credit.
  • Join the Military - There are almost no living costs, and a military salary is on par with that of a college graduate.
  • Take an Apprenticeship - You'll learn from a mentor who has knowledge directly related to a specific skill or career.
  • Go to Trade School - This is similar to an apprenticeship but more classroom oriented. A new website from Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) has state-by-state info for skilled trades.
  • Take Online Classes - You can gain the knowledge necessary to get the job you want, or work towards a degree or certificate. Many online classes are free.
  • Volunteer - The Peace Corps is one of the most widely known examples, but there are many more out there. Look for one that interests you.
  • Get a Job - Any job comes with valuable life lessons and experiences.

Collegiate Options

There are plenty of careers that require specific training and certification that can only be achieved through college education.

  • Community College - These are often affordable local alternatives to a private or state university.
  • Work College - Students are required to work as part of their course of study, but tuition is often lower as a result.
  • Attend an Online College - If you need a more flexible schedule, these can be a great option. One new free online college is the University of the People.
  • Homeschool Friendly Colleges - There are plenty to choose from. Review our list to find one that fits your needs and interests.

Good luck!

Jamie @ Let's Homeschool High School

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