I graduated high school, now what?

I graduated high school, now what?

How to continue your education after you receive your diploma

Graduating from high school is a very exciting time in your life. After all the graduation celebrations have ended, you can look back and be proud of the work you did to achieve your goal.

However, learning doesn’t stop there. After you’ve given yourself a bit of time to relax, you should start thinking about ways to jump-start a successful career, and how to keep building upon your knowledge after graduation by continuing your education.

Find a great mentor

Regardless of age or position, every single person can benefit from having a mentor to help guide them through personal or professional life events. When you have a trusted mentor, you have a valuable resource who is dedicated to seeing you grow and develop as a person. If you’re unsure of a career path or how you want to continue your education, need advice on an important decision, or just want to make more connections in your community, a mentor can help you get there.

Consider reaching out to a personal contact, like a family friend or old boss, and ask him/her to be your mentor. Many will feel honored and excited to help you develop. Your mentor can also be a key networking connection that can help you land a great job or internship. After all, it’s all about who you know.

Learn a new skill or trade

If you aren’t sold on the idea of attending a two-year or four-year program, then consider taking a different approach at skills training. Conduct research on programs that you’re interested in, schedule a visit of a campus, and consider enrolling in a trade school instead.

At Porter and Chester Institute, we offer start dates throughout the year, meaning you don’t need to feel pressured to start until you’re absolutely certain your chosen path is the right one for you. Once you decide that you want to pursue an alternative to college, you can enroll without hesitation and begin classes a few short weeks later.

Volunteer in your community

Volunteering is an extremely rewarding and enriching learning experience. Giving back to your community, while learning about the importance of helping out, is something you can’t learn in a classroom. It’s something that needs to be experienced.

Through volunteering, not only will you have a rewarding feeling that you’ve made a difference, but it can help you establish valuable connections within your community. Many business owners and decision-makers are involved in philanthropic or community activities. Through volunteering, you could make a connection that will help you further your career down the line.

Are you considering a new career and continuing your education, but aren’t sure which program is right for you? Schedule a visit to one our campuses today by logging on PorterChester.edu.