So, you are graduating from high school this year! If you are planning to go to college, by now you should be well ahead in the process of applying to the colleges you want to attend, and receiving acceptance letters from one or more colleges, and packing your bag if you are staying in the dorm. Otherwise, if you are not going to college, there are other options you can choose. Besides a list of college-trained careers, listed here, is also a list of other career choices you may consider requiring little or no college education and minimal training. trade schools, apprenticeships, and colleges provide training for the various trades, professions, and occupations.
A walk through a city like Pasadena will divulge a myriad of careers for individuals to choose from. After high school, there are apprenticeships, trade schools. During your walk, you may notice businesses that bring thoughts of becoming an artist, automotive repair worker, writing and acting workshops, architect, barbers, cosmetologist, trade schools, nurse, veterinarian, medical or dental clerk, baker, grocery store checker, teacher, janitor, laborer, and a number of other occupations requiring little or no education. There are short-term classes that you take for a few months or over the summer for which you receive a certificate of completion.
Careers are a major part of cities. Private attorneys continue to practice their occupation, as do private dentists, doctors, mechanics, chefs, waiters, plumbers, carpenters, gardeners, insurance companies, bank clerks, secretaries, publishers, ristorante workers, contractors and construction workers, cleaners, tailors, and fashion designers. Each of these careers stands as a standard and role model for you and other graduates planning for your future. Trade schools, apprenticeships, and colleges provide training for the various trades, professions, and occupations.
Most trades or occupations find individuals accidentally in that people took to an occupation to make a living and support a family based on how he/she got the job, whether it was based on a recommendation from a friend or family acquaintance. New areas like environmental technology, and relatively new digital information technology, and computer technology are opening up to those who cannot find an occupation that is open.
A career should be learned and practiced by a person in the business often in partnership with another professional like a medical or dental assistant. A career must be carefully chosen by persons because they generally will be practiced for the life of an individual. Salaries for careers are limitless as they include entrepreneurship and self-employment such as the creator of the TESLA Automobile and AMAZON. A career is a lifetime event. In choosing a career, “You have to do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” Careers come in various categories. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Education, Art, Math). Generally, those categories also include health, finances, space, computers, and business.
Under health, local hospitals such as Kaiser Permanente, and Huntington Hospital and other hospitals and health centers are available as training grounds not counting local colleges for training nurses and technicians. Science and technology department of local colleges and engineering companies such as Parsons provide training for engineering; even some high schools like Blair have training programs for engineers.
Locally, Pasadena being home to NASA and Cal Tech College provides some training for engineering as well as all Colleges such as Pasadena City College). All provide some training in engineering, business, computers, and special programs with corporations such as ARCO and other corporations. Finance training is part of bank employment training as well as local school training including John Muir High School which has specifically developed a training program for a Space Program, supported by JPL and NASA.
A graphic arts program has arisen out of most high schools in cooperation with private industry the graphic arts skill helps industry with its signage as well as designing promotional materials for business promotion and training.
"Work Smarter not harder" is another theme in picking a career. Hopefully, these words will provide encouragement, resources, and advice to help pick a lifetime career.