What are your options after high school?
A lot of students have no idea what they are going to do after they finish high school. There are actually several options available so you will need to decide what is best for you. There is no right answer for everybody, college is not always the best option. It is a good idea to research your choices so that you can choose the one that is right for you.
The first option that you have after you have finished high school is to head off to college. This is probably the most common option but it is by no means the only one. Most of the better jobs are going to require that you have a college degree. Even a lot of jobs that really shouldn't require a degree do simply because so many people have them. Going to college is a big investment in both time and money but for the most part it does pay off. That is of course assuming that you are interested in a career that requires a degree and that you are capable of getting one.
Another option that you may want to consider is to learn a trade. There are some people who look down on tradespeople but the fact it is can be an excellent career option. Many trades pay very well and have excellent job security, in many cases better than the jobs that people with college degrees get. Learning a trade also offers the advantage of allowing you to learn on the job. That means that you get paid while you learn. There are lots of different trades available so you will need to research them to decide which is best for you.
Another option that you have after high school is to join the military. There are a lot of advantages to doing this, of course there are also some pretty obvious disadvantages. If you plan to go to college but can't afford spending a few years in the military first can really help you out, there are several programs that will provide you money for tuition if you have been in the military. You can also learn valuable job skills in the military which can be transferred to civilian life after your service is up. A lot of people decide to stay in and make the military a career, if nothing else it provides great job security.
One last option after high school is to just go out and start working. The jobs that you will be qualified for with just a high school diploma will be fairly limited but there are options available. Many people have managed to work their way up from an entry level job to a much higher level. That being said this is probably the most difficult option and things will be a lot easier if you have some training beyond a diploma.