From the Publisher
"A sympathetic, practical self-help guide for teens facing the end of high school and unable to decide what to do next….A helpful guide full of good, sensible advice to teens feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of major life transitions." –Kirkus Reviews
"This is an intelligent, surprising addition to any parent or high school advisor’s collection" —ForeWord Reviews
"Some students know exactly what they want to do after graduating from high school, whether continuing their education or starting careers. Others aren’t as sure. Morgan’s book targets these readers, taking them through the many options available today—both traditional and nontraditional….Morgan gives substantial advice and suggestions on how to make the right choice and how to succeed once that choice has been made." —School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The subtitle aptly defines the content of this guide for deciding one’s future after high school. The book is divided into six sections with related chapters for each of the topics. These topics span ideas from Part One with “you are here” to Part Six with “final thoughts.” The publisher asked their Teen Advisory Board for their post high school plans. The information addresses concerns such as should a student enroll in a training program, take a break from studies, enlist in the military, or immediately pursue a four-year college degree. The Resources section provides contact information for all of these selections. There are sources for Getting Ready for College and Jobs and Internships. Language Immersion sources and Studying Abroad options are defined. An extensive bibliography lists books about programs and philosophies around life after high school. The index provides easy navigation through the text. This practical self-help guide will assist students in determining who they are and where they want to go after high school. This is an excellent reference for all school libraries as graduating seniors seek information to help plan their futures. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith; Ages 14 up.
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Debbie Kirchhoff
It is time to make a decision. There are two schools of thought about decision-making. One asserts that too many choices makes the decision harder, while another asserts that knowledge is power, and knowing as much as possible will make the way clearer. This book is written with the latter intent, exploring the many options available to young people who are wondering what to do with their life. The book is divided into six parts, which attempt to organize and manage the questions that need to be answered as students think about life after high school. First, the author encourages self-examination, and subsequent parts explain how each individual can use individual talents and preferences to find the right path into adulthood, whether it be further education, volunteering, military service, or entering the job market. Emphasis is put on the concept of life being a path, an ongoing journey that is meant to be enjoyable and fulfilling. There is such a lot of practical information packed into Undecided, it would be a good book for anyone to refer to again and again throughout their high school years. Reviewer: Debbie Kirchhoff; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Some students know exactly what they want to do after graduating from high school, whether continuing their education or starting careers. Others aren't as sure. Morgan's book targets these readers, taking them through the many options available today—both traditional and nontraditional. Part one is a planning guide and asks readers to analyze what fuels their passions, gives advice on how to make a plan for the future, and evaluates how much money is needed to fulfill one's goals. In parts two through five, teens are given the pros and cons of each possible scenario post-graduation, including attending college, both two year and four year; engaging in service, both domestic and foreign; obtaining a job, whether getting hired or starting one's own business; and traveling, for fun, to perform service, or to learn a language. Morgan gives substantial advice and suggestions on how to make the right choice and how to succeed once that choice has been made. Suitable for any high school library, as all students at some point must make important decisions about their futures.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA
A sympathetic, practical self-help guide for teens facing the end of high school and unable to decide what to do next. The logical direction for most high school students is continuing their education, whether in a vocational program, a community college or a four-year university. The pressures of the expectations, the preparation and choosing the best option can be overwhelming. And what about the one-third of high school graduates who choose not to continue their education? What is the best path for them? Enlist in the military? Work full time? Travel? Volunteer? Morgan's handbook outlines the many different options available to teens after high school and provides helpful suggestions on how to pursue each path efficiently and successfully. She covers everything from SAT preparation, writing personal statements and internships to trade school pros and cons and information on what to expect from a life in the military. Anecdotes, brainstorming activities, checklists and journal exercises encourage readers to critically reflect on their options. A helpful guide full of good, sensible advice to teens feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of major life transitions. (resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)