The Five Pillars of Post Secondary

The Five Pillars of Post Secondary 
By: Kali Brand

With the start of a new school year, many seniors are eager to begin and further their post-secondary plans. They are eager to complete college admission, applications, scholarships, college essays, visit with college recruiters, and take final college campus tours. However, the transistion from secondary to post-secondary endeavors can cause even the most fervent student anxiety. 

To ease these anxious feelings, it is important that students know The Five Pillars of Post Secondary. When deciding upon one of these Five Pillars or a combination, students must then begin gathering information and resources and create a plan of action. 

What are the Five Pillars of Post Secondary?
Pillar One: Post Secondary Education
Post-secondary education includes two year colleges, four year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical colleges, and professional schools. The two year community college offers an Assosciates of Art or an Assosciates of Science which is the highest credential awarded. A Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts is awarded from four year colleges or universities. The goal of a technical college is to prepare a student to learn a skill and then obtain and pursue a career in the chosen field. A few things to keep in mind when applying to these post-secondary education establishments are grades in academic coursework, career technical articulation credits, ACT and SAT results, and essays and letters of recommendation (when applicable).
Pillar Two: Military 
The armed forces consist of the following six branches Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Air/Army National Guard Reserve, and Coast Guard. The number one purpose of the military is to defend the United States of America. However, each branches offers a career, educational scholarships, and career and educational training. In order to enlist with a branch of the military, a student must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and meet the minimum required entry score which may vary by military branch. 
Pillar Three: Workforce
This includes full-time permanent jobs, a combination of one or more part time jobs, or contract services on short term basis. To conquer the workforce, one must have good quality employability skills including self-motivation, communication skills, problem solving skills, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, organizational skills, the ability to be a team member, adaptability, and the willingness to learn. A student needs to prepare through resume, develop their employability skills and practice good interview skills. 
Pillar Four: Apprenticeship and Internship
An individual who completes an apprenticeship program completes practical experiences while being supervised by a skilled worker within that trade, skill, or art. High school graduates have many apprenticeships to choose from. These may include, but are not limited to: plumbing, electrical, fashion, construction, and music. The apprenticeship program provides a challenging curriculum with a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom training. 
Pillar Five: Self-employment and Entrepreneurship
Self-employment or entrepreneurship may include starting a business, purchasing a business, or taking on a franchise. 
A high school graduate has five options for their future. Within these five pillars, it may take more than one to obtain the future career. Begin now in search of these future accomplishments. Plans will change many times between now and graduation, but the important thing is to create a plan.