Our Top 5 Tips for Life After High School

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Congratulations to all the high school graduates who just donned cap and gown in June! At our church in Sydney Mines, we would like to congratulate the graduates of Memorial High School in Sydney Mines. We are so proud of your achievement, dedication, and hard work! And we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! With that in mind, we’ve put together some of our best advice for high school grads.

Here are our top 5 tips for life after high school.

1. You should do what you’re good at.

One of the most popular questions for high school grads is, “What are you going to do in the fall?” But what if you just don’t know? That’s totally okay. You don’t have to have everything figured out the minute you graduate.

However, when you’re thinking about a career, focus on doing what you’re good at. Do you love helping people? Maybe you would enjoy early childhood education or nursing. Are you good at building things with your hands? Perhaps you would make a great carpenter or welder. Do you love teaching others how to do stuff? Maybe you would be an awesome teacher or tutor.

Don’t be sidetracked by what everyone else is doing. They have different strengths and weaknesses than you do. Focus on doing what YOU are good at.

2. You need a plan for your money.

Whether or not you’re going to college, you need to learn how to manage money the smart way. Instead of just spending money, start following a monthly budget. That way, you can see exactly where your dollars are going…and what you may want to change. Our favourite resource for budgeting is the free EveryDollar app. It allows you to enter your income and expenses, track your money, and decide exactly where your money should go.

Also, learn to save for the future. You might think that retirement is a long way away. But now is the time to take advantage of compound interest and save for retirement. Financial guru Dave Ramsey recommends that you save 15% of your take-home pay for retirement. 

3. You can’t please everybody.

And the good news is—you don’t have to! As a young adult, you’ll get a lot of advice. Some will be good advice, but not all of it. Your peers may offer well-meaning advice, but they may also lack experience. Most likely, your parents will give you good advice because they have your best interests at heart.

Part of growing up is developing your own set of values and beliefs. When you receive advice, you can ask yourself, “Does this line up with my values?” If it doesn’t, then don’t follow it!

Be true to your own values, and, at the end of the day, you’ll be satisfied. Join us at our church in Sydney Mines to learn more.

4. Adulting isn’t always fun.

If you ask your parents, they’ll tell you that they didn’t always feel like going to work. Or getting up to change their baby’s diaper. Or paying taxes. But, when you’re an adult, you have to be responsible.

No matter what job you get, there will be days when you hate it and want to quit. However, being an adult means that you don’t quit a job unless you have another job lined up. You keep working and do your best because you need to provide for yourself (and possibly a family someday). And, in the process, you can learn to enjoy work. The Bible tells us, “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury [poverty].” (Proverbs 14:23)

Yes, being an adult means more freedom to do what you want. But it also means more responsibility.

5. Friendships take work.

In high school, friendships are relatively easy. You are in a class of 20-30 peers that you see every day. Week after week, you participate in social events that are already planned for you. Having lots of friends is simple, and you have free time to hang out together.

But, when you’re an adult, you have to be intentional about choosing good friends. You’ll have to take time out of your schedule to meet up for coffee, go hiking, or watch a movie together. You’ll need to stay in touch and be a good listener. Sometimes, you’ll have to forgive their mistakes. Friendships as an adult do take some work. But they make life a whole lot sweeter!

Let’s Chat:

Which of these tips was your favourite? And what would you add to our list of advice for high school grads? Let us know in the comments!
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Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of ForwardMarketing.ca, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.