Making the Leap from High School to College

As you are reading this article, think back to when you were 18-years old. How many people asked you what you want to be when you grow up? What major are you going to take in college? Well, for today’s students, help is on the way!

How many times have we all asked ourselves, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” never really understanding the depth and potential impact of the question. Many times, we hope and pray something, anything, will just pop into our lives and all will be good. First, there are “hard skills” or pertinent knowledge that one must have for many occupations. You would not want a doctor who just “popped” onto the scene operating on you or even prescribing medicine without understanding potential interactions. In fact, there is a MASH segment from years gone by where the posing captain, really a sergeant, operates, with the best of the team, then moves on to pose as a clergyman. He has been there and done it all, with just the “soft skills” he possesses. Funny on TV, but not so much in real-life.

There used to be the college “track” and the vocational “track” were students were identified and guided towards certain classes that were identified by counselors as “best” for the specific student.

In today’s world of STEM education and tools to help identify strengths and weakness much more easily, programs like “Journeys” can, in just a few minutes, help guide students not only to coursework but, jobs that will best utilize their given talents and strengths. Simply by answering a few questions, their pathway to the future not only identifies, courses, but potential colleges/universities, but sectors of industry and jobs. This patented program not only works for students, but for workforce change and military re-assimilating into the civilian world.

In a recent article from IBM about “New Collar” workers it was also noted that while four-year degrees are necessary in some positions, a person with experience and/or credentials may often be a better “fit” for some jobs. In fact, 1 out of 3 staff at IBM do not have a four-year degree.

So, to our high schoolers across the community, we suggest learning more about yourself and your possibilities. Keeping in mind, you can do anything you set your mind to. A guide post may prove to be a special beacon for you to achieve your dreams sooner than you expect. Check out and get started on the journey to your future.


Provided by Liz Fraumann