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What Kind of School is Right for You?

 So the time has come when you finally have to figure out what you’re doing with your future. Whether you’re about to take your SATs, get your GED, or walk across the stage in a cap and gown, it is important to have a plan about what to do after high school. There is college, trade school, the military, and a bunch of other great places for you to get started on the rest of your education. Whatever your ultimate goals might be, here is a quick quiz to help you figure out the next step in your future!

1.      When it comes to learning new things, would you rather

A. Learn by experiments and working hands-on.

B. Take notes and have discussion with an expert.

C. Work hands-on in a real-life environment.

D. Take notes and work hands-on in a structured environment


 2. How do you feel about being in secondary school for 4 or 5 years once you graduate high school?

A. “ I’d rather it be 2 or 3."

B. “I wouldn’t mind at all!”

C. “I want to be in school but not for too  long”

D. “I’d rather be in the real world first and then go to school”


3. How do you feel about taking out loans for school?

A. “I was hoping to find something I can afford without loans"

B. “It’s ok! I’ll take them out if I have to”

C. “I’ll go to school where I don’t need too much money”

D. “I would rather participate in programs that pay for school”


4.      Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A. In the workforce

B. Graduating from college/going to graduate school

C. Fresh into the workforce with a degree in your field

D. Serving the country


5. How much money do you want to make in the future?

A. Enough to live comfortably

B. Enough to live an expensive lifestyle

C. Enough to live comfortably with a little extra to spend

D. Enough to have all the benefits you need for you and your family


6.      What kind of environment do you want to learn in?

A. At a small school where everyone has the same interests

B. At a larger school where everyone lives together with different interests, ideas, etc.

C. At a smaller school where everyone comes and goes with different ideas

D. On a base where everyone lives and trains together


Here are the results:

If you answered mostly A, a Trade School may be the best choice for you. There is a large selection of trade schools in New Jersey ranging from automotive work to cosmetology. Whatever you like to do, finding the trade school that fits you the best is very important. Look for important things you want in your school such as networking opportunities and job placement after you graduate. Go in and have a tour of the school to make sure they have all the things you are looking for including financial aid. For a list of some trade schools in NJ, check out this link:

If you answered mostly B, a 4-year College/University may be the best choice for you. NJ is home to a variety of public and private 4-year colleges all over the state. Getting into a 4-year college is a process but it is well worth it in the end. Make sure you have taken your SATs at least twice, take tours of different college campuses, and ask questions to make sure the school has the major you are looking to study. Also, watch out for application deadlines and be sure to fill out your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to make sure you get as much financial aid as possible. Here are some links to help you out:


If you answered mostly C, a 2-year College may be the best fit for you. A 2-year county college usually offers an associate’s degree program to get you started in the career field of your choice. It gives you the flexibility to transfer to a 4 year school or jump right into the workforce as soon as you graduate. 2-year schools also have an application process much like a 4-year. You must fill out your college application as well as your FASFA to get in and get as much financial aid as you can. Here are some links to get you started:


If you answered mostly D, the Military is probably the best bet for you. There are many branches of the military that will provide you with training for the workforce. In order to get into the military you will have to pass a series of physical and intellectual tests such as the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). You can find out more information by visiting your local recruiting station based on the branch of military you are thinking about going to. Make sure you visit more than one branch to get an idea of which would be the best for you, because they all have different things to offer. Here are some websites to get you started: