After graduating from high school, I went to college, then I went to graduate school. It just seemed like the right thing to do. In hindsight, I guess I just assumed that that was the way this whole life thing works; I was not really aware of any other path.1 The college route is just so clearly defined: graduate from college, get an entry level job or internship in the field you want, work your way up, and eventually retire after a life of fulfilling work. Conversely, what does a career path look like if you don’t go to college? This is a major problem that a lot of rising high school seniors and recent graduates have: a real lack of clearly defined alternate career/education/work paths. We just came across a startup, Raise Your Flag, that offers these students and graduates another path.
Raise Your Flag’s mission provides a good background on the company’s goals and principles:
We’re a group of people who believe in “kids these days”. We believe that if we can help connect young people to meaningful career paths and work with a purpose, the world will be a better place. Not like a warm-and-fuzzy-close-your-eyes-and-kumbaya better place, a real, tangible, better place to live, work and play.2
The platform is set up to offer users an incredibly detailed career path in a wide variety of professions that don’t require a college degree. Take Butcher for example. When you click through the career path (above), you are presented with a ton of information for each step of the way. Things like skills and qualifications, potential employers, a detailed look at the work environment, and industry facts among other things:
As the founders admitted in a Reddit thread, there is still an awful lot of work to be done on the platform, and a ton of career paths to be added. However, Raise Your Flag is a much needed resource for rising seniors and recent grads to take a look at, regardless of whether or not they plan to go to college.