How much education or training will I need to get that job?
Graduating from high school is an important first step, but from there the path to success can go in many different directions. For example, students and jobseekers can go straight to work, into the military, on to college, start an apprenticeship, or something else, depending on your career goals.
In other words, there are many pathways into the labor market. Some are short-term solutions, while others are long-term decisions. There are costs and benefits to every approach, and there are practical steps that students and jobseekers can take to make the most out of their career planning and educational investment.
It’s best to pick something that you enjoy doing, and that matches your skills and personality. Once you’ve found something you like, it’s important to know that every occupation requires some training, ranging from short-term to long-term. Whether you go to college or not, on-the-job training and continual learning is critical to your career success.