As you look ahead to college and ultimately finding a career you enjoy, know that there many different paths you can take. The one thing they have in common: most require some kind of education after high school.
Which path will you take?
- 2-year college
- 4-year college
- Community college transfer to 4-year college
- 4-year college then graduate school
- Technical college or trade school
Deciding what’s important to you is the first step in shaping your experience after high school.
Different factors might drive your choice:
- Passion for a specific career
- Goal to save money
- Balance of work and school
- Dream of attending a certain school
- Desire to explore different career options
Things to consider while choosing your path
Money and jobs
Typically, the more education you get, the higher your earning potential will be.
|Some college, no degree
|High school diploma
|Less than a high school diploma
Look at jobs with growth
Growing fields offer more job opportunities, which often means more flexibility for you, and sometimes greater earning potential for high-demand jobs. www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm. College graduates have greater job security than those without a degree. Other mitigating factors are in place, like the type of degree someone has or the occupation.
- Bachelor’s degree = 3.5% unemployment rate
- High school diploma = 6.0% unemployment rate]1