This graph from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is telling. I have highlighted on multiple media outlets this year the current problem we have with graduating college students with massive student loan debt unable to find work. It is important to understand I value education and think it is VERY important but I do not encourage students to go into debt to finance it.
I also encourage students to make sure they have taken a Career Direct assessment first to understand where they are passionate and gifted and most likely to be successful. You don't want to get a degree and start a career where you will be unsatisfied or not be able to unleash the God given talents you have been blessed with. If you would like to have a personal assessment done you can contact me at www.RobertDickie.com and I would be glad to help you.
My advice to all high school students is to continue to gain as much education as possible even if you are not going to attend college. Some of the most brilliant and successful people I know are self-taught who sought a great mentor, applied for an apprenticeship, and continued life-long education with self-study. Importantly, these people took the leap early and started their own business. If you are not going to further your education after high school by attending college it is important to be going into a skilled trade or starting your own business.
If you are deciding on a career path, in a mid-career transition, or unhappy with your current employment and thinking of other options this article might be helpful. In my Fox News article 8 Mistakes We Make that Lead to Unsatisfying Work I provide tips to help those in transition to make a decision that will lead to fulfilling next step in your journey. I hope this is helpful.