An apprenticeship might be a great option for those interested in receiving supervised work experience, a classroom education, and a paycheck. An apprentice works with an experienced worker to learn a skilled trade like carpentry or plumbing. The apprentice receives training both on the job and in the classroom. Joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, and employer associations sponsor apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships generally last about four years, but range from one to six years. The pay that an apprentice receives increases progressively over time.
The U.S. Military has give separate services: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. The military trains people in many occupations. Every recruit signs a legal contract for eight years of duty. Usually, two to six years are spent on active duty. The rest are spent in the reserve forces.
After basic training, enlistees will receive technical or job training to prepare the enlistee for a job in the military.
Service members receive basic pay, allowances, and benefits for serving in the military.
Tuition assistance at colleges and universities is also available.
The following general enlistment qualifications are the minimum standards set by the Department of Defense.
Each service may choose to have higher standards than are listed here.
Sometimes services make exceptions to these qualifications.
U.S. citizen or an immigrant legally admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence
18 years old or older (or age 17 with consent of parent or legal guardian)
High school diploma or GED
Achieve minimum scores on the ASVAB test
Good health and pass medical exam
(minimum height, weight, and vision requirements also exist)
Students can decide to take the time to give back to their communities by volunteering. Volunteers gain valuable skills and meet new contacts that can help lead to future employment. Volunteer opportunities are endless but may include tutoring and mentoring kids, building homes, or responding to national disasters. This is another way to gain experience and possibly lead to employment.
AmeriCorps is one organization where people can participate in volunteer activities while receiving a modest living allowance, health insurance, and training. Some programs even provide housing. Members can choose the type of program and the location where they want to serve. Full-time and part-time assignments are available. After completing one year of full-time service, AmeriCorps members receive an education voucher that can be used to cover future costs of college or vocational school and pay back student loans.