Choosing a Non-Traditional Path After High School

If you’re a recent high school graduate who’s decided to pursue a non-traditional career path, you may be feeling like everyone except you has decided to go to college. 

The reality is, however, that only 69.1% of 2018 high school graduates enrolled in college, meaning over 20% of them chose to take a year off, attend a technical school, or start working immediately. There’s no right or wrong way to start your career after high school, but if you’ve decided not to attend a four-year school, it can be hard to know what comes next. 

Choosing to go to college means setting out on a mostly determined path, but forgoing that option often means you’ll have to create your own path to success as you go. We’re here to help guide you along the way. 

Recognize the hard work you’ve done

First of all, congratulations! You graduated from high school, which is an accomplishment on its own and you should be proud of yourself. A traditional college environment isn’t right for everyone and this is a great time to figure out what makes the most sense for your life.

The days and weeks after you graduate are a great time to be thoughtful about your career goals and the steps you can take to achieve them. Look into different trade or technical schools and consider how you might want to expand upon your current skillsets. 

Make the most of your time off

After graduating, it’s natural to want to take some time off. After all, you probably feel like you need a break after 13 years of schooling! While it may be tempting to spend your days relaxing on the couch, it’s important to use this time to set yourself up for success in whatever you choose to do. 

Start by researching potential careers that don’t require a four-year degree and try to find something that both aligns with your skills and has room for growth. You might read online forums about different careers, visit technical schools to learn more about their curriculum, or even see if you can shadow an employee to get a better idea of what to expect in a particular job role. 

Consider a career in Information Technology (IT)

As an IT career college, it’s probably no surprise that we’re suggesting you explore IT career options. But, we’ve got data to back us up! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.”

Similarly, CNBC has two IT professions on their list of the 20 fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. As more companies develop tech-savvy tools and applications, the need for IT professionals will continue to grow.

Technology isn’t going anywhere – if anything, it’s more ingrained in our lives than ever before – and the need for skilled IT employees has never been higher. This thriving career field could be the perfect opportunity to pursue upon graduating from high school. 

Explore IT training from Carolina Career College

Once you’ve spent some time diving into IT career options and you decide it’s the right path for you, turn to the Triangle’s experts in IT education, Carolina Career College. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect when you attend our school. 


We are proud to be accredited by The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). We’ve also received a “Commitment to Ethics” certification by the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina. 

We know that whatever decision you choose after high school shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you attend Carolina Career College, you can have peace of mind that we hold ourselves to high standards of excellence and we have the proof to back it up. 

Programs to fit your skillset

Whether you’re looking to provide help desk support, maintain and repair server systems, troubleshoot operating systems issues or anything in between, one of our four programs will teach you the key things you need to know to be successful in your IT career. 

Ongoing career services

We care about your success not only when you’re in our classrooms, but when you’re out working in your career as well. We offer lifetime Career Services for all of our students, which includes resume writing, interview coaching, career placement assistance, and more. We’ll help guide you every step of the way as you prepare for and navigate through your IT career. 

A proven track record

We believe in our ability to help you, but, don’t just take our word for it. Read through real testimonials from our students, like Nick, so you have a better idea of what to expect when you attend Carolina Career College. 

“It was only a few months after I started here that I got the first job interview. I got my A+ certification and got access to Career Services, and within a week or two I got my first interview. About two weeks after that, I was offered the job. It was a pretty awesome experience.” – Nick S. 

Ready to get started?

Take the first step toward your IT career by contacting us today. We’ll set up a one-on-one appointment between you and one of our Admissions Representatives to help develop a Career Action Plan that’s customized to your goals. You can keep this plan whether or not you decide to attend Carolina Career College. 

If you get started today, just imagine where you could be a year from now! We can’t wait to help you begin your new career.  

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