Post Secondary Attainment

The Transformative Years:  Early AdulthooD   

Developing a career is a process, not just a destination.
— National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

In early adulthood, the primary tasks are the gradual acceptance of adult responsibilities, career, further education, child bearing, and the beginning of an independent life. Though their focuses may differ, both young men and women experience major growth during this period: both aspire to become mature adults able to accept adult responsibilities.  Should I pursue college?  Should I get a job?  What do I really want to do?  Should I marry now?

In addition, it now appears some of that baffling behavior of your teenager child may be the result of brain development and not raging hormones.  The Wall Street Journal reports that recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade.

Did you know?

  • There is a source to help your young adult determine his/her next move after high school.

  • If you did not complete high school and would like to find out more about earning a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, please go to the GED Testing Service website.  There are many adult education and literacy opportunities in Spartanburg County.

  • Only 25 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds would qualify to serve in the military.  The rest cannot meet physical, mental or behavioral standards for service—standards that are similar to those many businesses use in hiring. 

  • Resources for Adult Learning and English as a Second Language (ESOL) can be found by going to the Spartanburg School District 7 and selecting the Adult Learning Center, Adult Learning Center of Spartanburg, or Achieve websites.

  • As you select a college major or degree program, it would be helpful to find out what the job outlook is for various industries.

  • South Carolina has numerous colleges and universities and Spartanburg is a College Town.

  • Did you know there is a South Carolina tuition tax credit for qualifying students? Please be sure to ask a tax advisor to see if you qualify.