CHOOSING WHAT TO DO AFTER SCHOOL

By Ariellah Rosenberg.

The first in a series of articles on career guidance. 

You’re 18 years old, finished school and most probably, experiencing the ‘end of childhood’ as you knew it. You are faced with a life-time decision, or so you feel, about your career path.-All of us have been in a similar situation…’the road not taken’…’jobs of the future’… So much pressure for relatively young souls that have being part of the schooling system for more than a decade. A system where almost everything is dictated, including your dress code, the time you wake up and the curriculum.

Now, you have to decide yourself which path to take. If to learn: what to learn, where and when? And with hardly any constructive help from the people guiding you all these years; your teachers, parents, coaches and principals. And this, for the simple reason, most of us are not sure how to guide you.

To you! Special you! There is NO one out there like you in the WORLD. This is why, you’re the only one who can decide on the path you take.

And here’s the thing I’d like to share, it’s quite alright to take a path you’re not 100% sure of! As long as you enrich yourself with learning paths and with skills development courses. Also, traveling experiences can provide ample learning and strengthen your character. Any learning, whether its universities, colleges, vocational courses and even online learning . Anything that will provide you with foundation for a better life and equip you with skills for better choices. If you start though, strive to finish, even if you realized that this may not be the career you’d like to pursue.

If you’re not sure what to do after school, take a gap year, but enrich this year with studies, reading and travel experiences. The decision will come sooner or later. Even if later, you’d have lots of ‘legs ‘ to stand on to ensure you are equipped to deal with changes and new unexpected career pathways.