4 Routes to Take After High School Graduation Reply

Your approaching graduation is going to be one of the biggest events in your life and therefore, it will be followed by a great deal of responsibility and decision making. It is a milestone and it can feel like a huge burden on such a young person. That is why many of us tend to get overwhelmed and confused in the process. Being 19 and having to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life seems like a bit too much for such a young and inexperienced person. To be honest, advice from family and friends isn’t always useful and it can be confusing as well, but regardless of what anyone tells you, you’ll only have yourself to blame if you make the wrong choice. All this sounds incredibly scary and that’s fine. It’s normal to feel insecure and it’s OK to be afraid of making the wrong choice. The truth is that there’s quite a high probability of you making a choice you’ll regret later on. However, your decision is not set in stone and what you decide to do after graduation is not beyond repair, even if you do make a mistake. Nevertheless, let us focus on unveiling your options and giving you the freedom to choose on your own. No pressure.

Gap year

One of the safest things you can do is have a gap year. This is advised if you are completely clueless about what to do next. Taking a gap year is becoming more and more popular among young people of the world simply because it allows them to spend a year doing what they want to do and figuring out what they’d like to do next. You can travel the world, volunteer, learn languages, do yoga, sports, explore a hobby you never had time to do until now or literally anything else. Of course, you will be limited by your parents’ budget, but that can also be surpassed if you want to take up a part-time job or volunteer in order to travel affordably. This option seems to not have any possible negative consequences. However, things that definitely will happen are the following: you will ‘’lose’’ your generation if you decide to go to university next year and you will lose the hardworking skills you acquired during the long tradition of going to school and studying for tests.

Work

If you decided that you don’t care for further education and you know what it is that you want to do, you can and should start working. Explore your working options in your hometown and surroundings if you plan on staying there. If not, go online and search for job offers that concern your field of expertise and interest. However, if you don’t want to be an employee and you have great ideas, you can easily register a business and start your own company. Of course, being a young entrepreneur is a very challenging endeavor, but if your will and motivation are strong, you shouldn’t let anything put you off. Of course, this path is usually a path to complete independence, because once you start working and having your own money, there’s no need to keep living with your parents and on their budget.

University

A natural choice for a large percentage of people is going to university. This is a great choice for those who have a clear goal in their head and know what they want to study and do later in life, or at least know what their main interests are. It’s fine if you just like a certain subject and want to know more hoping that in a few years’ time you’ll be able to know which job you want to do. Plus, you’ll be jumping from books and classes onto more books and classes, which means you’ll be well-trained to keep studying.

Starting a family

Another option that can be combined with some of the above is starting a family. Of course, this cannot be your occupation, but it is also a major life decision that can follow graduation. Some people want to be young parents and start a family at an early age. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you’re aware of the responsibilities that follow.

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll always be able to alter your plans in the future. Don’t get too stressed about the decision, but don’t take it lightly either, because every decision has consequences and the fewer mistakes you make, the easier you’ll have it in the future. Good luck!


Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focus is digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor at Bizzmark blog and a mother of two.


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3 Creative Way to Earn a Side Income to Pay College Tuition Reply

According to data fromBeautiful waitress with a tray The Institute of College Access and Success, a whopping 70 percent of students graduate with student loans. In fact, research shows that the average 2016 college graduate has about $37,172 in student debts.

What’s more shocking, however, is the fact that tuition and college fees keep rising sharply every year. In fact, an analysis of student fees from 1995 to 2015 found that the average tuition and fees at private National Universities has increased by 179 percent, the average tuition and fees at out-of-state public universities has risen by 226 percent and the average tuition and fees at in-state public National Universities has increased by a massive 296 percent — all in 20 years. If available research is anything to go by, it will take most students at least 21 years pay off their student loan debts.

How do you lessen your student loan debt burden and earn an income on the side? The following six ways will allow you to earn income on the side to pay your college tuition:

  1. Online Jury Duty: The law field is getting increasingly interesting, with a lot of different cases and rulings coming out with unexpected angles. In an attempt to be more prepared, trial attorneys have realized that they need to go beyond theory and get some practice before they get in front of a real judge — and they are leveraging the Internet for this: by working with online juries.

By working as an online jury, you will have the opportunity to review real cases before they get to the court; the aim of the attorneys is to see if their case can stand, and you can often earn up to $60 per case. This quickly adds up towards your tuition. You can find countless companies that pay online juries by doing an online search.

  1. Start an Online Business: You can also earn side income to pay for your tuition by starting an online business. The advantage to starting an online business is that it can be done at the comfort of your home, on your computer, and it won’t interfere with your studies. Here are some tips to help you if you decide to start an online business:
  • Partner to promote other people’s products: Save yourself the stress of having to create a product. Simply find a product that is selling well, and promote it as an affiliate. You get a commission for every sale, and this quickly adds up.
  • Start your own blog: Blogging can be one of the most effective things you will do as a college student. Not only does it help your ability to write and express yourself, it can also be a good source of income. A blog will also be useful for you after college: there are several examples of people who got their dream jobs due to their blogs.
  • Create and sell your product: This has the most potential, and if done right you can earn you enough to pay off your tuition within a year or two. However, it takes a lot of work — especially initially. It also involves several complexities, such as doing market research, creating an email list, looking for affiliate partners, etc.
  1. Become a Freelancer or Consultant: Research estimates that 40 percent of America’s workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

The surge in the number of freelancers, consultants and contract workers is mainly due to the Internet — more and more people can work remotely and still be as efficient. For you, as a college student, taking advantage of this could be the key to paying off your tuition. Some tips:

  • Establish the skills you can offer to potential clients: this could be design, writing, programming or artistic skills. You can work as a freelancer or consultant irrespective of the skills you have.
  • Take advantage of top freelance sites like Upwork to find clients that are looking for freelancers.
  • To give yourself an edge, take things to the next level by compiling a list of potential clients and reaching out to them directly.

John Stevens is an entrepreneur and founder of HostingFacts.com, an online portal that reviews web hosts. He is a regular contributor to Standford’s blog, Business Insider, Entrepreneur.com and other major publications. Follow him on Twitter @hostingfactsj.


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High School Sophomores: Get a Part-Time Job or Volunteer Work to Help You Succeed 2

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Working a part-time job.

For high school sophomores, getting a part-time job or volunteering for an organization is a great idea. Part-time jobs allow you to get some pocket cash and gain experience in a field of interest. While you won’t make any money volunteering, the experience you gain looks great on your resume for future jobs and on the application to college. Doing either of these isn’t hard either since you won’t typically be required to already have fully built out resume. For a lot of jobs or volunteering gigs, all you need to do is have an entry level resume and show you are motivated to work hard to succeed.

If you don’t have any experience and want to be able to work in a hospital, daycare, or school, community center, or for local events, volunteering is a great way to gain the experience you need to acquire the job after you have graduated high school. Jobs that require a specific amount of schooling, like a college degree or certificate, are perfect to volunteer for, because although you won’t get paid, you will be establishing yourself as a person who is motivated to succeed.

Part-time jobs are also a great way to gain experience, plus you will get paid to do work. However, a lot of higher paying jobs will require work experience and/or a certain level of education, so don’t expect to be making six figures right off the bat. Don’t get discouraged though, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a job in your field of interest. Many animal shelters, sales, grocery stores, restaurants, and department stores are happy to higher high school students who don’t have any experience. If you already have some sort of expertise, you can also work freelance, for example as a web designer or writer.

The best way to get a job or volunteer work is to research and ask around your local community if anyone is looking for part-time workers. Most organizations will always be willing to accept volunteers, and typically companies will be willing to hire a part-time worker, especially in the summer. Summer jobs are notorious for being the perfect fit for high schoolers looking to make a little money while school is out.

Also, ask your mentors, teachers, parents, and friend’s parents if they know a good place to apply. A lot of times volunteer opportunities and part-time work are filled by word-of-mouth and friends of friends, so don’t forget to harness the power of your already existing relationships and community. Remember as well that your parents and mentors will be willing to help you out finding a job and building a resume. Wherever you decide to work you will be gaining valuable experience and skills for your future success, including money management, responsibility, a sense of worth, collaboration, and professionalism. All of these skills be beneficial to getting into college and/or getting a higher paying position in the future.

What’s Next After Graduation? Looking for Your First Job 1

Congratulations, you’ve graduated from college! But now that you’ve gotten your diploma, what’s next?

Step one: Find a job.

If you haven’t found a job and you are already into the summer of your graduation, then it is time to update your resume, apply for a number of jobs that you qualify for, and prepare for the professional interviews that are to come.

When building your resume, be sure to research as much as you can online from a variety of different sources. Trends in hiring can, and do, change quite often, which means it is vital for you to be able to create a resume that will highlight your skills and experience and get noticed by potential employers. A resume is a bit like an elevator pitch of your accomplishments. Keep in mind keywords, format, length, readability, relevant experience, and anything else that will show hiring managers what value you can bring to their company.

Depending on your degree, stay open minded about the types of jobs you apply to. Look for work that has decent starting pay, is generally in your desired career field, and offers you a chance to gain quality experience and learn from your employer. You may be sick of learning, but college and work are two completely different worlds. Getting an internship at a company where you want to work is also a good way to get your foot in the door.

Never pass up the opportunity to work under experienced professionals that can mentor you and give you valuable skills to put on your resume for your next job. Believe it or not, only around 27 percent of college graduates find a job that is directly related to their major, according to the US Bureau of the Census. What this means is the bulk of your skills will come from on-the-job experience, so finding an employer that will help you grow is essential.

No matter what your goals are, the most important part is to keep an open mind. You never know what sorts of opportunities will present themselves. Fortune favors the bold, so get out there and start applying.