Five alternative routes teens can take after finishing high school


Every year, matriculants are faced with the reality of finishing high school and deciding on which route to take regarding their career or tertiary plans.

We’ve come up with a list which can provide some interesting options that they can embark on after school.

Travel overseas

A gap year in a foreign country is an ideal prospect which could provide your teen with international experience if they decide to find a job. It will also help them become more independent, gain perspective on the world around them and expose them to culture.

Voluntary work

Perhaps your teen has a passion for charity work or philanthropy. They could offer their services to a charity or cause of their choice.

Au pair

There are opportunities to do au pair work locally and internationally. Should your teen want to study at the same time, this will be a great opportunity to earn an income while gaining responsibility.


Joining the military is an option which can provide your teen with experience working for the government. Your teen will have the chance to serve his country, and the military offers career opportunities in the service and the chance to earn or save money to further his education, if he chooses to do so.

Start a business

This can be a win-win opportunity for your teen to either turn a hobby or passion into a business or for them to discover an entrepreneurial endeavour. Starting a business at a young age can equip your teen with the necessary skills to survive in the workplace if they decide to follow a career instead and can give them a headstart if they want to pursue business fulltime.