No matter their post-graduation plans – college, community college or trade school – it’s crucial that they set clear goals post-graduation. Not only can goals help keep your senior motivated but they can also strengthen resiliency for any temporary roadblocks they might come across.
1. Go to a Sports Game
Your child needs a way to stay active after graduating high school – no matter their academic career goals. Staying motivated without formal practice twice weekly with their team or having someone pushing them harder can be tough, so setting specific athletic goals like becoming a college player or winning their league championship may help keep them focused and take them further than before.
Joining a sport or club is another effective way for teens to stay active after high school, particularly if they are still undecided on what career to pursue post-graduation. Not only can joining help them find their passion but it can also teach essential life-skills like teamwork and problem-solving that will benefit them throughout life.
Lastly, if they find themselves uncertain what they want to do after high school graduation, getting a job may be the ideal way for them to keep busy and build some savings. They will gain experience of how adults cope with daily struggles – something which will be invaluable when entering adulthood itself.
No matter their decision following high school, it’s crucial they explore all their options carefully and consider each carefully before making their choice. Doing this may provide more direction or even cause them to change their mind entirely about what they want to do in the long run.
As your student reflects upon their goals for senior year of high school, be sure to share them with family and friends so they have some accountability and support in reaching them. With guidance, this last year of high school can be exciting, memorable and an experience they won’t soon forget – we wish them good luck!
2. Go to a Concert
Students attending concerts after high school can use this as a great way to have fun, meet new people and gain valuable life skills such as responsibility, ticket purchasing and audience management – skills valued by employers in any career path.
Your senior should create a plan for life after high school, whether they attend college or enter the workforce directly. They need to set both long-term and short-term goals, understand what they’re attempting to do, and overcome temporary roadblocks as soon as they emerge. When applying to colleges or searching for employment, having an outline or blueprint helps ensure they won’t feel lost or defeated along their journey.
College or university attendance is usually the goal for graduating high schoolers; however, other options exist such as joining the military or taking a gap year. Before making your decision, it’s wise to research all available choices carefully before making a choice.
If you’re feeling uncertain of your goals for the future, ASVAB provides a good career exploration program to identify your strengths and interests and find careers that suit them. In addition, conducting an self-assessment can also help identify values you hold dear as well as determine who you are as an individual.
When considering your future career options, there can be numerous choices that require different qualifications. If you need guidance or advice from teachers or guidance counselors regarding which path is the right one for you and the requirements necessary. They may help determine what these are.
Goal #2 in your career journey should be developing strong interpersonal skills. This will prepare you for future roles while helping to get along with coworkers and superiors more easily; additionally, having this trait helps ensure survival during trying times.
3. Take a Trip
As you transition between graduating from high school and landing your first job, this period can present you with an unparalleled opportunity for travel. Don’t let it pass you by; many students get caught up in paying off debt or finding employment that requires them to put off travel plans for years. Even if finances prevent immediate travel plans after graduation, set long-term goals to travel once your finances improve and set off on one journey at least every few years after graduating high school or university.
As your lifestyles diverge, some of your friends may gradually drift apart; many individuals tend to prioritize work and family over hobbies. If you want to keep in touch with some close friends post-high school, why not start a club or group to enjoy something together? Not only will this strengthen bonds but it’s also a great way of meeting new people!
If video gaming is your passion, consider starting a competitive gaming team and using Twitch to stream. Create content, and approach local businesses for sponsorship opportunities. Or if sports is something that speaks to you, consider coaching locally as well.
College is an attractive option for high school graduates, offering new experiences and networking opportunities while expanding your horizons. However, it can also be time-consuming and costly; earning a bachelor’s degree typically takes at least three or four years of hard work and study; therefore it is wise to plan accordingly if planning on going.
Others students may decide against attending college altogether or choose an alternative path altogether. One popular solution is taking a gap year – an annual break from academic study dedicated to experiential learning that includes activities such as volunteering, mentorship programs, working, traveling or more.
As any interest can now become a career path, it is wise to spend some time thinking about your desired occupation prior to graduating high school. Once you know your desired goals for yourself and career goals in general, planning how best to meet them becomes much simpler – remembering the SMART goals framework when setting targets: they should be smart goals: smart goals are those which are smart, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound (SMART goals framework).
4. Go to an Event
Graduating from high school offers students a sense of freedom they may never have known before. What comes next can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking.
Help your senior gain more of an idea of the real world before graduation by setting some personal goals for themselves. They can be as straightforward or ambitious as desired; just be sure to include both short-term and long-term plans!
Goals may include applying to colleges, meeting graduation requirements and building social networks. Perhaps taking classes outside of their comfort zone to expand their experiences – all are great ways of making sure their last year of high school goes well and that they’re prepared for whatever comes afterward.
Long-term goals could also include applying for scholarships while in college. Scholarships can help reduce their student loan bill, so it’s wise to keep looking. Furthermore, this practice helps maintain high grades.
Your GPA might slip after graduating high school, particularly if they’re accepted to colleges. To avoid this temptation and keep on the path toward graduation, set yourself a challenging yet manageable goal for your GPA; use the “goldilocks” principle when setting it – make it challenging enough that it requires effort but not so difficult that it would prevent graduation altogether.
Goal setting and achievement should be an essential skill learned by high school graduates. Setting and reaching their goals can give a sense of direction while also equipping them to tackle what lies ahead in life after high school – whether applying for college, landing their first job, or beginning their own business. By setting and working toward these goals, they’ll have more chances to succeed in whatever endeavors come their way after graduating high school.