What do you do now after you graduate?

The number of high school students with disabilities who are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools is increasing.  Some may seek to continue two- and four-year colleges and universities.  Others plan to enroll in vocational and career schools.  Of course, many may wish to enter the workforce.  I think that many students hope to receive guidance and direction in transition, but they may not find enough information or may not know how to find the available support.

If you are a student, do you think that your school provides enough support by offering special training programs?  (I welcome all students’ ideas and opinions.)

If you are a parent, do you have any comments?  If you are already working as a professional, do you have any suggestions?

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3 Responses to What do you do now after you graduate?

  1. Malinda says:

    Well in reflection over my high school curriculum, I cannot say that I was 100% prepared for what I was to expect in college. In truth, that would be a very difficult feat for any high school to replicate. The best advice I received was to at least have a general idea about what you want to do before going into college. At least that way you find out sooner what you might not want to do at all, and move onto something else.

  2. Spot On says:

    I feel that schools do a better job than ever to help young students select the best path for themselves. I also feel that it still needs to be improved as the students also need to understand that it is their future at stake and they need to be proactive for the system to work.

    And that has always been the problem. Teenagers aren’t good at real guideance and learning until they turn twenty. The exceptions to this rule often succeed in school and know where they want to go. The normal students need to understand that the faster they make these decisions, the quicker they can concentrate on their careers.

  3. Alisa says:

    When I look back at my high school experience, I’d say that there was very little support offered for after-graduation plans. At my school, you either went to college and met with your guidance counselor for a total of 45 minutes (spread out over the whole 4 years attending), or you were left to your own devices to figure out what the best plan was for after you graduate.
    We were expected to go to college, however, it’s not like our school did a great job of preparing us for the experiences we would have in college. Our school was more worried about our standardized test scores rating us amongst the nation’s best public schools than giving us adequate preparation for college courses. It is my understanding that most high schools are like this considering the first thing I was told by my professors at college was “DO NOT WRITE A PAPER LIKE YOU WERE TAUGHT TO IN HIGH SCHOOL”.
    The one thing my high school did as far as providing “special training” support was to offer work-release during students’ senior year. If enrolled in this program, a student’s day would end after lunch and would be able to work for the rest of the day.

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