Seniors: thinking about what to do after high school graduation?

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Early decision.  Early action.  Rolling admissions.  Teacher recommendations.  Naviance.  SATs.  ACTs.  If you’re a high school senior, this time of year gets pretty hectic.  But there’s a clearer option for what to do after high school graduation that’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Choose a career path.
  2. Enroll at Lincoln Tech.
  3. Start building in-demand skills.

Finding a career path after high school graduation.

What’s important to you?  A good salary?  A growing career field?  Doing something that makes a difference?  At Lincoln Tech, that last one’s easy.  Every program we offer is designed to prepare you for a career in fields that impact every part of people’s day-to-day lives.  Who doesn’t rely on a car or diesel-powered mass transit to get them to work?  Who hasn’t been to a doctor or clinic?  What business functions without electricity or information technology?  We all need to eat, right?  We all want to look and feel our best.

You can start a career in the transportation, healthcare, culinary or cosmetology industry, or pursue a hands-on skilled trade like welding or manufacturing, with a Lincoln Tech education behind you.  No matter what path you choose, you know you’ll be doing meaningful work.  These are career fields that leave you feeling like you’ve made a difference in your community each day.

So what about logistics?  What career fields pay well, and which ones are hiring?  The best place to turn for that kind of information is careeronestop.org*.  It’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and has just about all of the information you could want when weighing your career options.  After high school graduation, you can use these tools to determine the best-paying, fastest-growing careers out there – so you can match what you WANT to do with what it makes SENSE to do.  Better yet, start your research now: when graduation comes, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

You can look for what’s growing near you, or expand your search to see where the money and the jobs are.  For example, you might not know that Washington, D.C. offers the nation’s highest median pay rates for HVAC technicians, or that New Jersey’s median pay for Medical Coding and Billing specialists is the highest in the country. The Southwest is experiencing tremendous job growth in many automotive and healthcare fields, while Rhode Island paces the United States in welding opportunities. The collision repair industry is growing in states like Texas and Tennessee.  Manufacturing jobs are returning to places like Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Indiana – all states that rank well above the national average for projected growth in this field.

Point is, the opportunities are out there, and so is the data you need to make an informed choice about the path you want to follow after high school graduation.

Lincoln Tech schools around the country can help you prepare

Lincoln Tech has campuses in 14 states, and many offer housing options so that no matter where you’re coming from, you can choose the school that’s best for your goals.  Every year millions of dollars in scholarship opportunities help students like you manage the cost of their education, and every campus has a dedicated financial aid team to help you understand your options and responsibilities.  Career Services specialists are connected to industry employers looking for candidates with the skills our graduates have built, and can help prepare you for the entire job search process – even coaching you for the all-important job interview.

A four-year college degree doesn’t have to be the path that everyone follows after high school graduation – we’ve just been trained to think that it is.  A career training school like Lincoln Tech can help you find a shorter, more affordable road to your future; you’ll be out in the working world and enjoying your career while others are only halfway through an education built around “core” classes and general education requirements.  Their goal is a piece of paper; yours is a rewarding, fulfilling career doing work you really enjoy.

There are going to be plenty of opportunities out there for you when you graduate – Lincoln Tech will be there to help you make the most of them!

* All salary and career growth projections in this article can be found at careeronestop.org for the years 2016-2026.  Ranks reflect comparisons among 48 continental U.S. states.  Salary information is based on median salary information collected for the year 2017.  Data is current as of September 30, 2018.

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