Are you unsure where to begin your job search? These alternatives might assist you in determining a career path that matches your interests and abilities.
Consult with Your Guidance Counselor
If you're not planning on attending college, you may assume your high school guidance office has nothing to offer you—but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Your guidance counselor may provide information about apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and other methods to improve your skills without committing to a four-year degree. They will also have connections at local firms as well as advice on how to improve your CV, cover letter, and job application.
Look for jobs that don't need a degree.
Not interested in any of the positions we've discussed so far? The good news is that these are far from the only options available to high school grads. The Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics collects statistics on hundreds of employment in occupational areas ranging from arts to transportation. To locate occupations that simply demand a high school diploma:
Navigate to the handbook's homepage.
Go to the "Select Occupations By" section.
In the "Entry-Level Education" section, choose "High School Diploma or Equivalent."
Look for Local Training Programs
The Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor oversees training programs for employees of all ages. Call their toll-free hotline at 1-877-US2-JOBS or utilize their web tool to discover an American Jobs Center in your region to find programs near you.