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Many graduating high school seniors are preparing to walk the stage and get their diplomas in the next few weeks, but then what?  Where do they go from here?  While the traditional route for most is college, one expert says that’s not the best choice for everyone – and parents and young adults should be encouraged to explore all the different options.


Patrick Bet-David, an author, CEO, impossibility thinker and award-winning blogger, says to consider these ideas:


The Military – One of the best options for the undecided because it teaches discipline, independence and teamwork, responsibility, camaraderie, honor and leadership skills that can be applied to almost anything in life.


Travel – Take some time to go see the world, learn about different cultures and see how other people live and do business. Spending time overseas will broaden and mature you, and employers are impressed when they see this on a resume because it shows real world experience in a foreign environment.


Master your trade – Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said that pursuing a plumbing career might be a better choice than going to Harvard, and to his point if you have a special talent or skill that solves a problem that people are willing to pay for, master it and let it make you rich.


Volunteer – Many companies are always open to the offer of free help. If you’re undecided about what you want to do, seek several volunteer opportunities in various fields to learn more about these industries.  Real life exposure like this will help you decide which direction you want to go.


Find a mentor – The key is to find someone you trust, who is already successful and that has been through this before and understands your confusion and indecisiveness. Talk to them, discuss different options and try to get some clarity, directions or first steps to take.


Focus on relationships – No matter which route you choose after high school, don’t forget about face-to-face relationships.  Attend in-person networking events, invite the CEO of a company for a cup of coffee and just get to know as many different people in as many different fields as possible. You never know who might be able to help you or who you’ll be able to help.  


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Comment by Ana Ruiz on October 18, 2013 at 9:06pm

This is a very refreshing take on what to do after high school. Many people find themselves going to college simply because it seems like the only option. 




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