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About the Workforce

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two-thirds of 2013 high school graduates enrolled in college that fall. That means one-third of all high school graduates that year took the seemingly non-traditional path in life, with 74% of those students entering the work force. As this data shows, it's not exactly uncommon to go into the work force right after high school. While data shows a higher average wage and lower average unemployment rate for those with a bachelor's degree versus those with only a high school degree, the decision to jump into the work force straight away can end up actually being a better, more profitable decision. To make sure it's the right one for you, you'll want to do some research.  If you or your student is considering entering the work force straight out of high school, this tab has plenty of information to help you take the proper steps to get the best possible chance of success. Under the "Career Information" section, you'll find information on when you should begin preparing for a potential career (hint: earlier than you think), what to do while in school, the different non-college paths you can take after high school and a variety of resources to help you make your decision. Under the CTE Programs tab, you'll find out more about San Juan Unified's Career and Technical Education programs, including how they can help students get into specific careers and a list of programs, as well as a list of schools offering those programs.