John Michael’s Answer
John Michael recommends the following next steps:
If you don't know what you want as a career (or college major), you could just focus on taking general courses until you have an idea of what you want to do as an occupation. You could also take a year off of school, work and gain some experiences and see what your thoughts are then.
Just note: College is great and helps with a lot of career choices, but you do not have to go to college to be successful. Relax, take your time and really think about it. You have plenty of time to make a decision about attending college, even if it's not this year. I hope this helps!
Do You Know What You Want to Do?
Are you going just because your parents or others expect you to?
Do you like school enough to go through more years of it?
Are you willing to put your life on hold?
Here’s the grey area: if it’s not nonnegotiable but will give you more money or more advancement opportunity, you’ll have to weigh what matters to you.
A lot of people say you can learn anything on the job, myself included, but a bachelors degree is becoming the norm now. A bachelors degree comes with more applicable knowledge than most high school diplomas. More and more, I’m seeing employers searching for candidates with masters degrees.
Personally, for my job, I needed at least a bachelors degree. For the end goal of my career, I will need a masters degree. I’ll have to go back to school soon. If your career path doesn’t have any of that, it’s really just a personal choice.
College isnt for everyone. I will start there. And to understand if its for takes to know what you want for yourself. Many people go to college for many different reasons. For me, I went to college because I wanted to for family purposes. Many of my family memebers didnt go to college and I wanted to be the one to change that. & I did.
Others, go to college for living, experience, sports, culture, travel, career, religion, etc .
But its not always clear as of why were doing it or if we even want to we just know its expected after hs of course.
What is that you want? Because personally college is good for career focused majors or else its a waist of money. You will have loans and no job to help pay for it! So, if you really want to get into a particular career field then your going to be required to have a degree but if your more entrepreneurial focused, getting a trade wouldnt be a bad idea.
But having a college degree gets to speak volumes that you have it. I recommend college for anyone interested but I wouldnt force it because its not required unless its in your path or like me your parents make you go.
Do what you will work for you! Because college isnt cheap. Good luck. 🍀