A lot of students just finishing high school, may think that the next chapter of their life is going to college or university to get the diploma or degree. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as your friends are going so you’re going too, or maybe it’s due to pressure from school counsellors or your parents.
And, for a lot of students finishing high school, they do go on to finish their last bit of schooling at some post-secondary institution. However, for some almost high school graduates, they decide to take a different route and go straight to work instead of continuing their education.
Now, it is very important to remember that neither of these choices is wrong.
Some people want to continue on with their education and earn that degree or diploma and become the next icon in the business world or the next up-and-coming sports reporter, and that’s terrific.
While other people want to be done with their education at the high school level and they want to continue where they’ve been working and work their way up to a management position, or find a job that they’ll be happy doing even if their job may not seem all that exciting, and that’s great too.
But, deciding on which one is best for you, is always a hard choice to make.
Let’s say you decide to go the school route. Once you’ve decided that, you then have to decide what you want to be when you’re older so you know what to take.
For me, I changed my mind a few times about what I wanted to do when I grew up.
When I was a kid, I was going to be the next Patrick Roy and play in the NHL (I know, such a cliché right?). When I got over that, I wanted to be a speech pathologist.
By the time I was 17, I wanted to be a nurse. However, half way through my first semester of grade 12, I realized that a) I’m not very good at math and science (which are two very important subjects to become a nurse; and b) I couldn’t see myself waking up day after day and going to work in a hospital.
Next, I had decided on wanting to become a lawyer because I had really enjoyed the law class I had taken the year before.
But, while I was half-way through my political science/pre-law program in university, I was sitting in one of my political sciences classes and I thought to myself ‘What am I doing here? I hate politics.’ I had never really thought about that aspect of law before I decided to go into it.
Then I started to think about what I love to do and what my interests are, and I came up with sports and movies. But, I knew I couldn’t go pro with hockey, and I didn’t like acting or directing or anything like that. So, I thought about what I could do behind the scenes that involved both of those interests and I came up with journalism.
So, once I had completed my degree at university (I had decided to stick it out and finish my program because I wanted to finish it, and it does look good on a resume), I took a two-year journalism-print program at Conestoga College.
As you can see, it was a very long thought process to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and what I wanted to take in school. It’s not an easy thing to figure out for some people.
But, let’s not forget the other route you can take aside from school, the work route.
Since I never took that route, I can’t give my personal experience on making that choice. But I do know people that have, and they are doing just fine working at their job instead of going to school. A lot of people I know go directly into trades since it’s a lot of on-the-job training. Sometimes they end up going to college for a year for more training, but it’s important to get hands-on experience in those fields. I have a few friends who decided to delay work and school and just jump on an airplane and travel. They needed to find themselves to decide what route they wanted to take in life.
And don’t forget, just because you’ve decided to work instead of going to school, this does not mean that you can’t go back to school later on because you can. The option to go back to school will always be there for you.
Whatever your choice may be after high school, whether it’s going to school or working, just remember that it is your choice and you have to make the choice that works best for you.