Choices for the High School Graduate / Edition 5

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A traditional college education is a worthwhile and beneficial endeavor, but it is not always the right path for every high school graduate. Not every high school graduate is ready for or interested in pursuing a four-year college degree and many high school graduates do not want to embark on another course of study right away. Choices for the High School Graduate, Fifth Edition presents students with a wide range of alternatives available to them during and after high school-from early college admissions to entering a trade to enrolling in the Job Corps to joining the military and volunteering abroad. This fully revised edition provides updated information that reflects today's ever-changing economy and technology.

Choices for the High School Graduate, Fifth Edition includes interviews with dozens of young people who have ventured off the beaten path and found fulfillment in unexpected places. Each chapter covers a different alternative to the high-school-to-college track and is designed to aid readers in their process of self-discovery. Also included is a self-assessment test that will help readers identify their strengths and interests and determine their best path. A special closing chapter, "For Parents Only," contains essential information parents need to understand how such unconventional activities can sometimes be the best course for their children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816076178
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter I Who Am I? Why Am I on This Planet? 1

Chapter II Stopping Out: Is It Right for You? 23

Chapter III No More Pencils, No More Books: Work After School, or All That Glitters is Hard to Get 40

Chapter IV Am I Having Fun Yet? Nuts and Bolts of Making the Most of Your Time Out 54

Chapter V Job Corps: Stepping Stone to a Career 74

Chapter VI Can I Become a Real Man or Woman by Joining the Military? 90

Chapter VII What If College Isn't for Me? Never Say Never 117

Chapter VIII Early College Admission: A Wise Choice for Smart Kids? 135

Chapter IX Internships and Other Adventures: Unusual Opportunities, Unique Experiences 166

Chapter X How to Change the World During Your Summer Vacation 187

Chapter XI Taking the Plunge: I'm Ready for College 209

Appendix A 239

Appendix B 245

A Final Note

For Parents Only 248

Index 253

About the Author 261

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