Choosing a Career Path after High School

4 tips to help high school grads!

Have you recently graduated from high school? Congratulations on this important milestone in your life! Graduating is a time of joy, but it can also bring uncertainty about your future. Graduates may be deciding whether they should enter the workforce or go to college. You may feel that you don’t like academics, but like you need more training to be confident in the professional world.

If you’re a recent high school graduate with similar thoughts, then consider furthering your education in a career training program. A career training school can give you the technical skills you need to be successful in a career. However, before you enter a training school, you need to figure out what the best career options would be for you. Below are tips that can help you decide what path you should choose after high school.

Tip #1: Fill out a career interest survey

Your first step is to start thinking about your interests. Think about a career or environment you would enjoy being a part of. Ask yourself, “What do I want in my future?” One way you can help find the right option is to take a career interests survey. These surveys help you identify your interests and strengths, and how they relate to certain career paths.

You can find many online career interest surveys. Try the Education Planner website. They offer a career survey, school search engines, financial aid information, and other helpful tips for high school graduates.

Tip #2: Explore various career options

Before you decide about entering college or a training program, you should research the different types of career options that are available. Many people are unaware of the various career paths. When you search around, you may find a job that you haven’t heard of before that could be a great fit for you. Try CareerOneStop to scope out the different job fields. This tool features explanations of various jobs and positions and even how they’re expected to grow in the future. Career videos also offer a glimpse into different professions.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, also offers a resource for job seekers. It’s a great source for learning about each careers’ responsibilities, work environment, salary, and prediction job growth.

Tip #3:  Make long-term goals

Think about what you’ll want in the distant future. Does the career you want get you there? It may be hard to think 10 or 20 years in the future, but you should choose a career that has the potential to make you happy years from now. CareerOneStop’s goal setting tool can help you consider your short-term and long-term goals. Life is unpredictable, but it’s good to think about your current wants and need versus your lifestyle when you’re older.

Tip #4: Plan your next step

When you get a good idea of the career you want to pursue, your strengths, and interests, it’s time to get the training or education you need to begin on your path. The Education Planner tool offers a school directory so you can search for schools. Research each school and their programs to make sure you are getting the education that suits your needs. Take a tour of the schools you’re interested in and ask questions so you can make an informed decision. Check with each school to find out about their financial aid assistance. The Education Planner can give you the basics on student financial aid.

At Salter Nursing, we hope these resources and tips help you feel more prepared to start the next step of your life. We wish you the best of luck in your future!


Salter Nursing provides three career-focused programs: Practical Nursing, Patient Care Technician, and Licensed Nursing Assistant. For more information about our programs and services, contact us today!

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