How to Launch into a Great Life After Graduation, 10-Step Checklist

article Nov 30, 2022

"What questions do your children have about choosing a path after high school?"

This is a question I have been asking students over the last couple of months when I hold my regular Career Discovery Workshop with the CAPS programs of Northeast Iowa.

Many of the answers I would get from these 17 and 18-year-olds didn't surprise me. 

  • How much does college cost?
  • When should I apply for college?
  • What do I need to know about jobs I am interested in?
  • Where do I search for careers?

 However, there were answers I did not expect to hear.

  • How do you stay motivated to work 9-5 jobs early in life?
  • What benefits do I get from the Army since my Dad passed away?
  • What is something that I should’ve done when I was younger to set myself up for success?
  • At what point is a career decision not worth the risk anymore?

I found that these students have had these questions in their heads but didn't know who to talk to about these questions or even if they could ask them.

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