With three girls of my own who are currently college age, it’s fair to say I’ve seen the benefits of college from a standpoint being taken seriously in the world of employment once you’ve finished. However, one of our girls has opted not to go to college. This brought on a tumultuous few days which were a challenge, but now that I’ve seen the entire situation unfold, I’m ok with her opting out of college. At least for now. Why should she go to college, hating it the whole way, then getting poor grades while wasting thousands of dollars? Then I thought about the alternatives to college that she is presently practicing and I can clearly see how productive she is in her college alternatives. These are mentioned in the following paragraphs.
Start a Business
My daughter has put her entire self into starting a non-profit business called “Awareness of Awareness”. Her goal is to make kids aware of healthy lifestyle choices, making healthy decisions, being mentally and spiritually fit and aware plus much more. Maybe your teen that isn’t going to college might be good at doing their favorite activity as a business. You may find it interesting to help guide them by researching how to do it well and what sort of licensing or certification will be necessary. I’m helping in this regard and am learning along with her.
My friend’s daughter has a great love for cooking and will be working as an apprentice in an upscale local Italian restaurant. She will be getting on the job training at a lower wage than desired, but the experience she will gain will be a sure way to obtain a future job in a good restaurant environment for decent wage. There’s nothing like the school of hands on experience.
Your teen will likely be getting a job somewhere and it won’t hurt their resume to have a volunteering experience or two on it. Job candidates who volunteer always look good to prospective employers. It shows a willingness to go another mile and dig deeper. Your teen will likely have a sense of satisfaction from doing some sort of volunteering as well.
Adult Education Classes
Teens can find adult education classes in various venues throughout your community. This can help prep them for college by allowing them to dabble in a few different areas to see what, if anything peaks their interest. They may find that they are interested in avenues they’ve never considered or knew about.
Source: Personal experience