College Demo

Think you know about post high school education and the options available to you today?  Check out how complete your knowledge is in this course designed to show what the choices really are and why some choose those paths.

Pre Test

Match the following careers with their postsecondary degree requirement

  • Pilot
  • Locksmith
  • Cook
    No degree required
  • Community College Professor
    Master's degree
  • Military General
    Bachelor's degree

True or False

  • You can earn a college degree by taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

True or False

  • Just by moving into a state, you become a resident and qualify for in-state tuition.

Identify the postsecondary education test that is free to take.

  • ACT
  • SAT
  • PSAT

Life: More Education Required

Life: More Education Required

You're graduating high school. The world awaits, and you can do anything imaginable. So, what's the grand plan? Find work right away, join the military, or go straight into college?

Perhaps nanny abroad or perform as a mermaid? If you want to make more than minimum wage, you'll need some form of extra education.

High School's New Low

  • 64%: Percentage of jobs that will require post-secondary education (anything after high school) by the year 2020.
  • 91%: Percentage of jobs for those with only a high school diploma that also require on-the-job training in 2012.

Unique Options

On the bright side, not all dream jobs require a seven-year stint in college. The length and intensity of job training depend entirely upon the desired career. For a locksmith, job training means an apprenticeship; a circus performer completes coursework and training; a five-star general (in any branch of the military) needs a college degree; a crop-dusting pilot requires a commercial pilot's license; and a cook gets lots of on-the-job training.

Just Keep Swimming

Find -- and maintain -- a balance. The investment in training and education (time, money, and energy) should pay dividends in the long term. Focus on a career that allows balance between:

  • a job you eventually want to have
  • the amount of training you're willing to endure
  • the cost of the necessary education/training
  • the eventual payoff (salary) attainable in the career

Here's to your wide-open future as a high school graduate. Choose wisely, study widely, and be great at what you enjoy.

By the year 2020, _______ percent of jobs will require post-secondary education

  • 50 percent
  • 64 percent
  • 72 percent

You should carefully consider the following when deciding to continue your education after high school

  • Preferred classroom experience.
  • Available resources
  • Potential career support
  • All of the above

Education University

Education: University

Video Trivia: How many unique careers will young adults have on average before they retire?

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  • 5
  • 7
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