Jobs for High School Graduates: What’s Right for You?
As high school comes to an end, you may be wondering, what next? There are a few paths post-high school you can follow; the choice should be made based on your preferences, interests, and goals. While many pursue a traditional higher education route, others may enter a trade career or embark on self-employment. All roads can lead to a successful lifestyle if you put in the time and dedication.
Let’s take a look at what some of the best jobs for high school graduates should offer—and how to determine the right one for you.
What You Should Consider
With all career paths, it is good to get years of experience and knowledge in a particular industry. By becoming an expert in your field, you’ll have the best chance of moving up and becoming more successful. This is especially true for trade careers, as many companies look to their employees for higher roles, such as managers and even owners.
Before exploring your career options, asses your likes, interests, and skills first. It’ll be easier to find jobs that align with what you’re looking for after doing so. Here are a few example questions you should ask yourself:
- Do you want to work with people?
- Do you like working with your hands?
- Do you want set hours?
- Do you like working in an office?
- Do you like to travel?
- Do you want to work outdoors?
For those that want to be more involved, perhaps outside working with their hands, consider a trade career. Many companies, such as construction, electricians, roofers, and more, offer job security, benefits, and teach business as well as essential life skills. By entering the trades industry, you’re opening yourself up to a lifetime of success when you work for a company that cares about you, like PB Roofing.
What To Look Out For
When looking for your first full-time job after high school, it’s important to consider benefits as much as salary. Here’s what you should be discussing with a potential employer before you sign an offer letter:
- Healthcare coverage—dental and vision as well
- Retirement or 401(k) plans
- Paid time off (PTO), sick days, personal days, and bereavement days
- Opportunity for advancement
Don’t sell yourself short. A good employer will be offering these benefits as well as the tools to become successful in the industry. Beyond these perks, ensure that the company you will be potentially working for is one that you are comfortable with, feel a connection to, and trust.
Choosing The Right Company
Finding a company that provides you with a good position, benefits, and has the qualities you want may take some time. While you may be tempted to take the first offer you receive, wait until you are sure you are signing up for the right position with the right company.
At PB Roofing, we invest in our new hires by providing a path, an opportunity, and guidance. Our unique university program allows us to pass on our years of knowledge to the next generation of industry leaders (that can be you!). All you need is the will to learn and the drive to become successful.
To us, our employees are our family. We take on the responsibility of their training, individuality, diversity, supporting their family, and, most vital, on-the-job safety. If you are interested in starting your career at a company that values you, get in touch with us today! We are more than happy to discuss open positions and your potential future with PB Roofing.