lovesharma112 asks:

What should I do after 12th?

In Topics: Alternatives to college
> 60 days ago



Jun 18, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Thank you for posing your question here. I think that it is excellent that you are exploring options after 12th grade, and I encourage you to continue researching your options to better understand what would be the "best" path for you.

There are several options for your to consider. First, as you may know, individuals with a college degree earn significantly more than their non-degree counterparts. If a four-year college isn't in the cards for you, a community college is an affordable alternative.

Perhaps, you are not interested in pursuing higher education (at least at this time). In that instance, you may consider the "gap year." Many folks will take a year off before heading to college and this year has been called, the "gap year." Teens can spend the gap year in a variety of ways: teach English in a foreign country, study endangered species in a remote area, or volunteer work for a non-profit organization.

Alternatively, you may choose to begin work in an employment area that interests you. An internship or part-time job in a company or organization that offers a valid career path is a good option.

Whatever you decide to do, talk with friends and family, think about what you enjoy to do, and pursue your interests. Of course, financial matters play into this, but I personally believe that "following your bliss" will make you so much happier over the course of your life than if you had just taken a job at a fast food restaurant to make a little cash.

This section of the site includes more ideas for college alternatives:

Best wishes,
L. Compian, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist

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Additional Answers (3)

SachinThareja , Student writes:
There are a number of courses that one can opt for after 12th class.

Few courses are listed below:

BBA(3 Years)
BCA(3 Years)
B.Com(3 Years)  
B.Tech(4 Years)
Animation Courses
Web Designing
Graphic Designing Courses
Multimedia Courses
Interior Designing
Fashion Designing

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LouiseSattler , Child Professional writes:
Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

College is not the only post - high school graduation path.  Many people have found solid employment and enjoyment in careers that are in the trades (such as electrician, beautician, car mechanic, etc.)  Many times people will pursue these careers by entering trade programs in lieu of a college program.  Also, people may wish to become an apprentice in areas such as landscaping, farming, etc.  All are very admirable choices for a vocation.

You may feel that a visit to you high school guidance office will be of great value.  Some surveys are available to help you narrow down your possible careers.  These surveys are based on knowledge as well as interest. You may find that taking a survey will lead you towards a very rewarding career and future.

Please note that in order to maximize the possibility of being  successful post- high school you will need to work hard, be willing to learn new things and be motivated to try hard.

Thanks for writing to JustAsk!  Good luck!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families
> 60 days ago

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sbhardwaj writes:
You should do BCA or BBA means any professional course in which you have interest.Do it from some better institute and if  you are in Delhi then IINTM in janakpuri is the best institute.
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