Post High School Options
Gap Year Opportunities
By definition, a gap year is a break typically taken between high school and college that might include travel, work, study, volunteering, or research. In practice, a gap year is much more. It’s a time for students to explore the world and gain valuable life skills and experience while transitioning into independence.
There are many options available to students and a lot of things to consider before deciding what to do. Come visit with your counselor at any time and we can help you process the best options for you!
The Pros & Cons of taking a Gap Year: https://www.students.org/2013/08/19/the-pros-and-cons-of-taking-a-gap-year/
Time Magazine- “Why your high school senior should take a gap year”: http://time.com/97065/gap-year-college/
Harvard College- “Should I take time off?”: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/preparing-college/should-i-take-time
Please check out the BHS Counseling webpage under Post Secondary Options for more resources on Gap Year opportunities.
Colleges that offer scholarships and fellowships to incoming freshmen who take a Gap Year:
Entering the Workforce
If it is your intention to join the work force upon graduation, there are a number of things you can to do explore your options:
- Review your career results from Naviance Student. Throughout your years in Counseling Seminar you took a Career Interest Inventory, Personality Type Assessment, Multiple Intelligence Assessment, Career Cluster Finder, and Strength Explorer- all of which provided you with a list of careers that may be of interest to you based on your results. They provide detailed information on what skills are expected in a job, amount of education required, typical salary and more.
- Schedule an appointment with Mrs. Stern- BHS College & Career Counelor. She is a great resource on jobs available to students during and after high school.
- Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) online at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ . The OOH is a career resource offering information on hundreds of occupations. Each occupational profile describes the duties required by the occupation, the work environment of that occupation, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, the median pay for workers in the occupation, and the job outlook into the next 10 years for that occupation.
There are many careers that are in great need skilled employees! Here are some local certificate, apprenticeship and training programs available:
Monroe BOCES Center for Workforce Development
FLCC Certificate Programs
MCC Certificate Programs
REOC (Rochester Educational Opportunity Center)
UNiCON Rochester (Unions and Businesses United in Construction)