For most of us, high school commencement ceremony was an exciting experience. It is a milestone event filled with smiles and laughter and maybe even tears shared with family and friends. Now that the celebration is over, your graduate may be experiencing worry, knowing that s/he is capable of doing great work, but unsure of what direction they should maneuver. We want you to know the feelings are completely normal. Please share the following information with your high school graduate:
YOU AREN'T DONE LEARNING YET
Famous NBA basketball player, Michael Jordan said, “I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” In short, making mistakes is a necessary part of life. We may miss opportunities if we fail to accept challenges or procrastinate. When opportunities are presented if we do not seize the moment, it will pass.
If you recently graduated from high school you may struggle with determining the next step. Researchers at Family Education developed a list of ten possible opportunities following high school:
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONSIDER
1. Get a job
2. Start a business
3. Travel abroad
4. Serve in the military
5. Learn a trade
6. Be an intern or apprentice
8. Take adult education classes (part or full-time)
9. Earn a vocational or career training certificate
10. Turn a hobby into a moneymaker
In addition to the list above, it is also beneficial to learn more about yourself. It helps us to acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses. The skills we would like to improve on and areas of life that interest us. This will help you on the journey to adulthood. You are not alone. Many people experience difficulty transitioning into adulthood. We encourage you to consult with a trusted relative or friend and share your ideas about your future plans, your hopes and dreams.
To resist or fear change is often what gets in the way of our progress. Understand that we will all make mistakes throughout our life, but we can and should learn from our mistakes. For many people, experience is the best teacher. Overcoming failure allows us to see that we are capable of overcoming our challenges. If you fail, we encourage you to reflect, make changes and try again.
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