It’s that time of year again when we prepare our children or ourselves for their next major step in life. For some its going from one class to another, whilst others are taking a bigger step and graduating from school. It is scary to think about what happens after graduation, especially after you have not thought about it. Don’t panic, there is hope for you yet.
Graduation could signal the end of one level of school and the beginning of another. It all depends on what goals you have set for yourself. One example is high school/ secondary school students going into university. By this time majors would have already be decided on, acceptance letters signed and delivered and you might be securing your financing and other bits and pieces. One of my regrets is not volunteering my time to a not-for-profit organisation when I was at university. It would have been a great opportunity to learn more and give assistance where it was needed.
When I finished high school, a surprising number of my schoolmates decided to join the world of work. They put school on the back burner and were actively seeking employment. Many of them though, had the requirements to get into university, and they deferred for a couple years and then enrolled. The University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus offers part-time programmes for employed students. They have the opportunity to work and study at the same time.
Tips to Remember
Whatever you have decided, always remember to follow your dreams. Knowing what you want out of life and the goals that you aspire to are very important. Do not be easily swayed by naysayers. If you get your first job, save some of your salary and do NOT spend all of it on partying, drinking, clothing, and shoes. Enjoy your life and make positive decisions that will benefit you in the present and the future.