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"Alternative Paths For Success For High School Graduates: A Guide For Students And Parents"

Going to college to get a degree has become customary in our societies and others jump right into college after senior high school without even considering the aftermath. We all have that aim of being able to make a living and take care of our loved ones and college is just one of the many ways, which is becoming quite ineffective as it used to be. Others realize later in life all they get from college is the tendency to wave their certificates and nothing more. Most people don't even use their degree and if used not to their best advantage.

In recent years, Ghana has been grappling with a growing population of unemployed and underemployed youth. One of the contributing factors to this problem is the lack of active working sectors in the country, which leaves many young people without any viable options after their college degree. However, going to college is not the only option available for high school graduates.

In this article, we will explore some alternatives to college for high school graduates in Ghana.

1.   Vocational training:

One of the most viable alternatives to college for high school graduates is vocational training. Vocational training programs provide practical training in specific trades, such as plumbing, electrical work, and carpentry, among others. These programs equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become self-employed or to seek employment in their chosen trade. In Ghana, there are many vocational training institutions, such as the National Vocational Training Institute, that offer a variety of training programs.

2.   Entrepreneurship:

Another option for high school graduates in Ghana is to start their own businesses. With the rise of technology and the availability of resources online, starting a business has become easier than ever before. Young people can use their creativity and innovative ideas to start businesses in various sectors, such as agriculture, tourism, and technology. The government of Ghana has also put in place policies and programs to support young entrepreneurs, such as the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) program.

3.   Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships provide a practical way for high school graduates to learn on the job while earning a salary. Apprenticeships allow young people to gain practical experience and develop their skills under the guidance of experienced professionals. In Ghana, there are various apprenticeship programs available in trades such as welding, mechanics, and hairdressing, among others.

4.   Military or police service:

Another option for high school graduates is to join the military or police service. These institutions offer a structured career path and provide training in various fields, such as logistics, administration, and security. In addition to offering a steady income, these institutions also provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

5.   Online learning:

Online learning is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional college education. With the advancement of technology online learning has become more accessible and affordable than ever before. There are various courses structured just like traditional college curriculum from many reputable universities and educational institutions which come with certificates after completion from a wide range of fields. Such courses offer flexible scheduling which gives the opportunity of being able to work while learning and gaining skills as well as real-world experience which is unaccounted for in traditional colleges. Some of these courses are even self paced and offer competitive advantage in the job market.

The rate of unemployment being faced by youth is quite alarming which leaves senior high school graduates in a dilemma as to whether to pursue higher education or immediately enter the workforce.

There are many alternative paths to success for high school graduates beyond college. Vocational training programs, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, and military service are just a few of the options available. By considering these alternatives, high school graduates can take control of their futures and pursue careers that are both fulfilling and financially rewarding. It is important for the government, private sector and civil society to work together to provide support and resources for young people to access these alternatives pathways. This will in turn reduce the unemployment rate while exposing the coming youth with a variety of alternatives to traditional colleges.

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