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How to set yourself up for life after high school

Updated: 4 days ago

Written by: Vanessa Collier

High school graduates are faced with the prospect of what comes next. You may be a high schooler or a parent reading this right now. You may have a vague idea of what you or your child might want to do with the rest of their lives, you don't really have a plan and have no idea where to start. Follow these tips to set you or your child up for success in the next chapter of your life!

1. Setting goals will help you determine what kind of career you want to pursue. Make a list of all of your interests and skills, then do some research to identify which careers match those interests. Once you narrow down your list of possible careers, set yourself some career goals. Are you considering going to college? What are your educational goals? Do you want to be a lawyer, a teacher, or a computer programmer? Do you want To run your own business? Whatever your career goals are, it's never too early to start planning your future.


2. Get a job! It may seem like a boring thing to do after your high school years, but it's important to start building work experience and your resume while you still can. Working while you're still in school can help you save up money to help pay for tuition and other costs once you graduate. It can also give you valuable experience that will help you succeed in the future. If you're having trouble finding a job, try reaching out to your local school district to see if they have any employment opportunities available

3. Begin saving up for college and other major expenses as soon as possible. The more you save now, the easier it will be to achieve your goal of attending college or a higher education school for certain trades (trade school). Start by contributing a small amount to your savings account each month, and then work your way up from there. By starting to save early, you're showing yourself that education is important and will help you achieve your dreams. It's also a great way to build savings that you can use later in life!

4. Make sure you know how to apply for financial aid if you need it. There are a variety of grants and scholarships available to high school students as well as college students. The earlier you start looking for financial assistance, the better your chances will be of getting funding for college.

5. Get a job! It may seem like a boring thing to do after your high school years, but it's important to start building work experience and your resume while you still can. Working while you're still in school can help you save up money to help pay for tuition and other costs once you graduate. It can also give you valuable experience that will help you succeed in the future. If you're having trouble finding a job, try reaching out to your local school district to see if they have any employment opportunities available

6. Take advantage of any opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Being involved in extracurricular activities like sports and clubs is a great way to get exercise and make lifelong friends.


7. Eat healthily and get plenty of sleep. Staying healthy and fit will help you stay healthy and focused during your high school years and beyond. Remember to prioritize your health and well-being over everything else. Make healthy food choices and get plenty of rest every day to stay energized and healthy. Eating well and getting enough sleep will also help reduce stress levels and help you maintain a positive attitude throughout your day.


8. Study smarter not harder by finding a study method that works well for you. Make sure to have regular study breaks to help you stay refreshed and focused throughout the school year.



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