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What to do After High School

Last updated December 21, 2021

The end of high school marks a pivotal point in your life. And the BIG QUESTION that your parents and teachers and friends will ask is “What are you doing after high school?”

While many students are continuing their educational journey, there are many other paths that can help you achieve your goals and level up your life. Here are five paths you should consider after graduation:

Apply to College

There are many benefits of going to college, including earning higher pay, expanding your mind, and making lifelong friends. Check out all of our free resources and support on applying to college!

If you weren’t planning on attending college after high school but changed your mind, you can still apply! Check out our list of college options to learn more about schools you can still apply to- like community colleges and colleges with rolling admissions.

If you were planning on going to college but aren’t sure how to pay for it, check out our page on how to find and apply for scholarships, or learn how to fill out a change in circumstances form to get more financial aid from your intended college!

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What to do After High School

Find a Job

Entering the workforce is a great option if you’re not sure where your passions or interests lie. Though, finding a first job can be daunting – but we’re here to help every step of the way. From creating a great resume to preparing for interviews – we have the job resources you need to stand out and get hired!

If you’re not sure where to look for jobs, we can help there too! Our FREE JobLaunch tool can connect you to great jobs in your area. Just enter your zip code and hit “Search Jobs” to begin.

If you’re looking to gain experience in your desired job field, our piece on paid internships teaches you what you need to know about finding and applying to paid internships- and how to grow your professional network during your search.


An apprenticeship is a career pathway that allows someone to gain on-the-job training, paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally-recognized credential within their industry. Learn more about apprenticeships and where to find them here.

Career Pathways

You may want to enter the workforce right out of high school to get a leg up in your professional development and financial stability. Our Career Pathways series lays out in-demand jobs in government, retail, healthcare, and more- all of which usually don’t require four-year degrees.

Take a Gap Year

Many students take gap years - a year off of school between Senior year of high school and first year of college - to work, save money, and take time to think about what they want to study.

Check out our list of 5 effective things you can do during a gap year to get more ideas about how to stay productive and motivated during your time away from the classroom.

It's also important to note that there are cons to gap years, and can slow down momentum many people have to actually end up enrolling in college. Read here to learn 5 reasons not to take a gap year. Having all the information you need will be critical in making a decision that works best for you! 

Go to Trade School

If you don’t see yourself working in an office or going to college, attending trade school is a great way to learn hands-on skills and get hired into stable, in-demand careers. Learn more about trade programs and things to consider when looking at trade schools.

Enroll in a Service Program

Apply for Americorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program that hires and places workers across the country to address critical community needs. We have everything you need to know about AmeriCorps- the benefits, where to find open positions, and how to apply for them.

Join the Military

Serving in the U. S. Military offers educational benefits that make it a good option if you are not ready to go straight to college and are looking for a challenging job. Our piece on the GI bill breaks down what you need to know about attending college, receiving vocational training, and more while serving in the Military.

There is so much more to explore within each of these areas and Get Schooled is here to help! If you have questions or want to connect 1-on-1 with an advisor, text us

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