College Alternatives

Homeschool and College Alternatives

Of course, college isn’t the only choice for a homeschool graduate. He or she has a TON of options to consider.  Every homeschooler is a unique individual, which means every life path will look completely different for each one. At, it is our goal to highlight as many of the post-graduation options for homeschoolers as possible. Here are just some of the potential options you may want to consider…

Gap Year

A “gap year” has become a common name for a year that students decide to take between graduating high school and beginning college. College is still in their plans, but they want to take a year to mature, create some life experiences, and get to know themselves a little better before embarking on their next educational chapter in life. Many gap years involve travel of some sort…a chance to “see the world.” Many students participate in volunteer activities for international service organizations. But there are even “Gap Year Fairs” that highlight multiple different options students might be interested in pursuing during their year off from school.

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The Workforce

Whether needing to earn money for college, or simply wanting or needing to make a living, a student’s first choice after graduation from homeschool may be to head directly into the workforce. If he or she has already gotten some part-time work experience during high school, then this may mean simply extending a part-time position into more full-time work. If starting from scratch as an employee, however, a graduate will probably need to do some research on job-searching. Goodwill Industries International is a great place to begin. Most areas have a local branch, and they will help with everything from resume creation to practicing job interviews.

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Military Service

Homeschoolers often wonder if they are able to join the military after graduating, and the answer is an unequivocal “Yes!” With a proper transcript, a passing score on an official battery test, and appropriate physical fitness, homeschoolers can certainly join the military branch of their choice.

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Volunteer Service

Whether as part of a gap year, or simply to build maturity, civic responsibility, and compassion, volunteer service following graduation is a noble choice. Organizations such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, City Year, and Student Conservation Organization are ready and willing to take on enthusiastic, hardworking volunteer youth for service. Teens of faith may choose to embark on a mission trip associated with their religious denomination.

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Starting a Business

Homeschool can often be the breeding ground for entrepreneurs. Because homeschoolers are able to follow their own passions and curiosities, they often see opportunities to turn those interests into something profitable. Almost every day in a newspaper somewhere across America there is a “success story” of specific homeschoolers who have taken advantage of their individualized education to create a business from the ground up.

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Internships and Apprenticeships

Just because college doesn’t fit into a homeschool graduate’s current plans doesn’t mean that he or she can’t fulfill their career dreams. Many careers can be obtained simply by hard work, determination, and a willingness to learn from others in the student’s field of interest. Internships are good for graduates who don’t really know what career they want to pursue but want to grow their understanding of a particular job or industry to help them decide. Internships can be paid or unpaid, so unpaid internships usually require someone to have an additional job while participating. Apprenticeships are good for graduates who are sure of the job they want to pursue and are willing to work side-by-side with someone in that field and learn the trade from the ground up. Apprenticeships are almost always paid opportunities.

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