Emily Hall – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- A common question adults have been asking students since elementary school is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Many Mustangs still don’t know the answer to that question.
“A lot of people have asked me what college I’m going to go to, what I’m going to major in, or what my plans are after high school, but I really don’t know,” said sophomore Mariska VanLinder.
Students are frequently expected to know what they want to major in as early as high school when filling out college applications but according to the U.S. Department of Education, 30 percent of students switch majors at least once.
Additionally, an article by the Pennsylvania State University stated that about 20-50 percent of students enter college with an undecided major.
“I’m a senior and I still don’t know what I want to do,” senior Carter Savitts said, “I’m planning on going to a two-year college, but I don’t know where I’m going to go from there.”
Another fear that students may have is finding a steady job that they are going to enjoy. A Gallup poll has shown that 21 percent of millennials say they have changed jobs within the past year and 60 percent say that they are open to a different job opportunity which shows discontentment in careers.
It’s not unusual for young people to not know what they want to do after high school, and students do not need to strictly adhere to the idea of going to college to get a bachelor’s degree.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded that 69.7 percent of high school graduates attend college but Education Data has shown that 23 percent of college students drop out by their fourth year and the average amount of student loan debt is $37,000.
As noted by Understood.org, two-year college, trade and certificate programs, and the military can also provide students with career success.
Overall, you are not alone if you are a student not knowing what to do after high school. Regardless of your expectations, things may not always go as planned and that’s okay.