Three questions for high school graduates

Mar 22, 15 Three questions for high school graduates

Every potential graduate knows the survey:

Have you considered university? College? Followed by Where, What, Why…

Have you thought about taking a year off? Followed by “what after that?”

Have you thought about going straight into the work force? Followed by a desperate “Good Luck.”

All of these options create a strong, constant sense of pressure for our graduates. They feel trapped to choosing the right option, the first time. They feel that there is no room for mistakes, a change in plan. Now is the time to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Derick Jacques, BHS graduation class of 1995 chose college after high-school. “Since completing the course, I haven’t worked in the field once.” He has been working in Alberta, staying in camps for oil companies such as Irving. To avoid relocation, he has been doing fly in and fly out shifts, consisting anywhere from 20 days working with 10 days home, to two weeks working with one week home.

Jacques states, “I went in with some experience under my belt, but it’s not a requirement. With these types of jobs, they’re looking for flexible, trainable employees.”

Billy Scott, potential graduate of 2015 at Bathurst High School is still caught between universities. “I like every school for different reasons. The reputation of the schools is definitely something that I am trying to take into consideration.” With many universities located fairly near to home, the decision becomes closely cut. “Part of me enjoys the close-knit communities that schools like Mount Allison or STFX have to offer, but I also am interested in going to a bigger school like Dalhousie.”

Melissa Jacques, BHS graduation class of 2002, continued her education the following semester of graduation at Saint Mary’s University. “I had no idea what I wanted to study, which lead me to taking many different classes. This experience helped point me in the right direction.” Jacques is now the bank manager of RBC in Digby, Nova Scotia.

“I had always planned on going to university, but I’m glad I decided to push through instead of taking a year off. There’s always room to change your mind about things like your major after you finish your first year.”

After finding employment, Melissa was offered to further her education by completing her MBA, however only finished half. “It’s hard to continue your education when you’re at a solid place in the work force.”

Melissa offered this advice to future graduates: “Don’t stress. There are opportunities for success in whichever path you may choose as long as you give the effort required.”