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Life After High School: Top 10 Alternatives to College

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Learn a Trade


If learning in the classroom isn't for your teen, learning on-the-job is a great alternative. Getting involved in a trade is a great way for him to gain valuable experience for his career.

Trades are usually completely skill-based, so the only way to learn is to get hands-on experience. Your teen should look for a job or apprenticeship that is geared towards his area of interest, and can help him towards earning any certificates or licenses that may be needed to advance his career. Some examples of trades include carpentry, technology, cosmetology, and machining.

Next: Be an Intern or Apprentice

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