Post Graduation: Future Planning Resources
By Allison De Meulder
Graduation from any institution is a great accomplishment and shows the hard work and dedication that a student places on achievement. Students should feel a sense of pride and success after completing such an amazing feat. Realistically however, students often feel apprehensive and anxious about the next steps and ask themselves these questions: "Where do I go from here?", "Do I start working or further my education?", and "How will I accomplish the goals I set for myself?" Thankfully, there are many resources for students in this position that help them make these important choices for the future.
After High School
The transition from high school to either college or the workforce is one of the most important and difficult transitions to make. While most students still receive some help from parents or guardians, young adults are now expected to start making their own decisions and planning for the future. While some students go straight into the workforce after high school, many choose to go to college to further their education. Even though college provides the training to pursue better careers, it also creates many difficulties as far as preparation, deciding on majors, and finding financial aid. In addition, finding the right school requires a certain amount of planning ahead, including refining test scores for college admission, working on essays, and establishing scholarly or other school related extra-curricular activities. This kind of preparation will help embellish a college application and not only help students to be accepted, but also helps students to receive scholarships and other financial aid. In addition, exploring different extra-curricular activities can help students cope with time management and decision making. Here are some resources to help students who have just completed high school and are looking to the future:
Students who graduate college have a little more experience now with the real world and tend to have a better understanding of what they want to do. However, college students are still faced with many of the same concerns as students who have graduated high school. Some graduated college students begin immediately to hunt for jobs, while others make the decision to go to graduate or other post-secondary schools. However in these economic times students are apprehensive about finding jobs right away or looking for financial aid to help supplement the cost of graduate schools. In addition, students need to learn how to write a resume and cover letters for both graduate schools and jobs. Other students who want to further their training without going to graduate school might choose the option of going for an internship or apprenticeship. Internships, whether paid or unpaid, provide post-graduates with hands-on experience in a certain field that can not only enhance a resume but also provide references that can help promote the intern in later employment opportunities. Apprenticeships provide a more long term career placement opportunity by training an apprentice in a certain field in order to later take over that position. Apprenticeships provide more certainty in a job position, but are not as flexible as internships, as an internship can be taken during short periods of time during college and graduate work. Here are some resources for students who have graduated or are graduating college and are planning ahead.