Graduating from high school is one of life’s greatest milestones.

However, figuring out what to do after graduation can often be challenging.

Teenagers face a myriad of important decisions that they need to make, and those decisions will play a major role in shaping their future.

They will need to consider questions such as:

  • What career path do I want to take?
  • What do I want to do after I graduate?
    • go to college,
    • attend a trade school,
    • enlist in the military,
    • start a business, or
    • enjoy a gap year?
  • Which college will be best for me?
  • What is the college application process like?
  • How can I stand out in my college application?
  • What scholarships and financial aid options are available for me?
  • Do I want to work for someone else or create a business for myself?
  • How do I prepare for the life skills that I will need to be a successful adult?


At PAX Academy, we are here to help you make informed decisions regarding your future.

Together, we will make a strategic plan to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Options for After Graduation

Pursuing higher education offers a wealth of opportunities for personal and professional growth. By attending college, students immerse themselves in academic pursuits, expand their knowledge base, and cultivate critical thinking skills that are invaluable in today’s competitive job market. Additionally, college provides a platform for students to explore their interests, build lifelong friendships, and prepare for fulfilling careers in their chosen field.

For students who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, attending a trade school offers specialized training in various skilled trades and professions. Whether aspiring to become electricians, plumbers, carpenters, cosmetologists, or automotive technicians, trade schools provide practical, career-focused education that equips students with the skills and certifications needed to excel in their chosen industry. With a shorter duration and often lower cost compared to traditional four-year colleges, trade schools offer a direct pathway to lucrative and in-demand careers.

Serving in the military offers a unique opportunity for personal growth, career advancement, and service to one’s country. Joining the military provides individuals with valuable training, leadership skills, and a sense of camaraderie that can last a lifetime. Whether enlisting in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, military service offers a variety of career paths, educational benefits, and opportunities for professional development. From combat roles to specialized technical positions, the military provides a diverse range of career options for those who are willing to serve.

Entrepreneurship presents an exciting opportunity for individuals with innovative ideas and a drive to succeed. Starting a business allows students to pursue their passions, create their own opportunities, and make a positive impact on their communities. Whether launching a tech startup, opening a small retail shop, or offering freelance services, entrepreneurship requires creativity, determination, and a willingness to take calculated risks. With the right guidance and resources, starting a business can be a rewarding and fulfilling path to success.

Taking a gap year to travel allows students to explore the world, gain new perspectives, and broaden their horizons before committing to further education or career pursuits. Whether backpacking through Europe, volunteering in developing countries, or participating in cultural exchange programs, gap year experiences offer opportunities for personal growth, self-discovery, and cultural immersion. Traveling during a gap year allows students to break out of their comfort zones, challenge themselves, and develop valuable life skills such as adaptability, independence, and resilience.

Book a one-on-one Consultation

Angela Harders, M.Ed has been offering College and Career Consultations for over a decade and has helped hundreds of students make a smooth transition from high school to college and/or career.

She will teach your teen how to “hack their education” in ways that will save you thousands of dollars!

And she will also provide your teenager with:

  • Comprehensive Guidance
  • Customized Planning
  • Career Exploration
  • Confidence Building
  • and so much more!

We recommend booking a College and Career Consultation at least once per year throughout high school.