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Exploring Different Pathways for Seniors

As students in the last year of high school are on the precipice of graduation, a common feeling arises – uncertainty about the future. The transition from high school to the next phase of life can be exciting and frightening. While they are at this crossroads, students must make the decision to embark on the academic journey of college or start working.

The choices students make are often influenced by a variety of factors, each playing a crucial role in shaping their paths. the culture, family expectations, financial considerations, and access to educational resources are among the countless elements that contribute to decision-making.



Some high school graduates choose to continue their education by enrolling in college or university, this decision can be influenced by many factors such as career goals and personal interest.
The type of institution can depend on financial consideration, some students choose do community college, four-year university  or vocational schools

Higher total salary for college graduates longterm.
More specialized training- less hands on work generally.


Academically based- harder for those who are less academically inclined.

The average salary for college graduates is significantly higher than for those with only a high school diploma.
Community colleges offer more flexibility in scheduling, catering to part-time or working students.


Some students choose to go straight to the workforce after high school. This could be involve a job in a specific finding a job in a specific industry or vocational train to gain certain skills
Financial consideration and the need of having an immediate income are often a motivation factor to start working.

Entering the workforce earlier and gaining more experience.
Immediate income and potential for saving money.


Limited job opportunities without a college degree.

                                                                                     GAP Year
A lot of students are taking a gap year between go to college, or entering the workforce. During this time, they may travel, volunteer, work or engage in personal development activities  before committing to further a career education or a career.

More time to think about the career you want to encounter.
Personal development opportunities.


Struggle to regain lapsed study habits or an interest in academics.
Potential delay in academic progression.

Gap years have helped students clarify their career goals and improve their academic focus.

                                                                            Military Service
Joining the military is another option for high school students. It provide training and education and a sense of service for the country.
Provide training, education and sense of service.
More opportunities for career advancement.

Involves a significant commitment of time.
May involve exposure to dangerous conditions.

Military service provides not only job training but also discipline and leadership skills.

                                                                  Trade or Technical school
For those who are more inclined, hands-on and practical attending a trade or technical school  can be a valuable alternative to traditional college. This pathway often leads to careers field such electrician work or automotive repair. 

Hands-on, practical training for specific.
Trade school can offer students a fast, affordable path to well-paying careers.

Limited academic focus.
May face society bias favoring traditional college education.

Trade or technical school graduates may find strong demand in fields like construction and technology.

As students are on the edge of graduation, doubts about the future arise, many students are unaware of the opportunities available, the decision after high school is deeply personal, it is important that students consider their aspirations and strengths when making choices, At a crucial time of transition, the key lies in making informed decisions that set the stage for a fullfilling and successful future.

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Rafaella Souza is a high school senior and website designer from our nhs arctic. She joined journalism as a senior and quickly learned the different aspects of journalism, and different ways to keep our journalism unique and special. Rafaella desire is to make NHS Arctic recognized and interesting to many students at North High. Despite her passion for graphic design, she also loves music and writing. She is part of the school band and does volunteer work to help the community. Rafaella always wants people to feel heard and have their perspective told, She loves writing poems and create stories. She hopes that one day she can enchant people with her words.

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