Young people graduating from high school, are usually justifiably proud. They have completed at least twelve years of school successfully, and they have gained a good general knowledge. They are literate, and have achieved proficiency in basic mathematical operations. They are young and healthy adults ready, willing and eager to enter the world of work.
However, entering the work force right after high school is often not the best plan. With the basic skills the young graduates possess, they will have to accept relatively low-paying positions: servers in a restaurant, clerks in a store, or laborers on a construction site. They will earn a living wage, but their salaries are unlikely to rise dramatically in the years to come.
In a few years, when they wish to move higher up the economic ladder, they may be unable to do so because they lack the educational qualifications.
Employment opportunities at the lower end of the salary scale are often physically demanding. As the experienced workers seek to improve their lot, they may be struck with some of the inevitable problems of aging. Their jobs will become more and more difficult to carry out.
Arthritis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular problems often appear in the fourth and fifth decades of life, but the worker will need employment for at least another twenty years. He will still have a family to provide for, children to educate, and retirement to save for. Even though the vigor of youth has started to diminish, he will have to keep going, no matter how much he yearns to cut back on his work load.
If only, as a high school graduate he had invested another two or three more years in receiving specialized training, it would have made a vast difference in his future.
A registered nurse, an executive secretary, a licensed electrician, plumber or computer technician will earn enough money to live in an upper class neighborhood, drive a late-model car and provide his family with some of the finer amenities of life.
In his middle years, with experience to bolster his post-secondary school education, he will quite likely have a variety of options to consider: going into business for himself, forming a partnership with one or more compatible colleagues, accepting a management position within his company, or perhaps beginning to train one of his own children to take over the business in the future.
If you are a young adult about to graduate from high school, consider carefully your options for the immediate future. It is understandable that you are tired of school and want to get out in the real world and earn some money, but the next few years are crucial to your long-term success.
Now is the time to show that you are really smart. Go on to college or university and complete the specialized training you need for that dream job you’ve always thought you’d like to have. In the years to come, you and your future family will be very glad you did.