I'm looking for more ideas here. I'll start us out here with a few. But looking forward to hearing what you smart people have to say!
FYI - here's my previous post on the topic - Alternatives to university?. I'd love some new ideas.
- A year in Australia, on the working visa thing (https://www.australia.com/en-gb/youth-travel/working-holiday-visa/faq.html)
- Code camp. Learn coding skills somewhere, preferably in person, for engagement and meeting people
- Praxis - https://discoverpraxis.com/. Kind of like code camp, but not code, more business/life skills. It used to be that you didn't pay up front, but now looks like they're charging a more normal tuition
- A certificate from a technical college/ vocational school (plumbing, electricity, many also have tech courses)
- A chunk of time, doing low budget travel
- go to work in a cannery, in Alaska. Hard work, earn lots of money (not through high pay, through working many hours).
Also - it used to be pretty common for young people to travel for a year, or at least a summer, the whole "backpacking through europe" or asia, taking temporary jobs when available. I almost never hear about young people doing this nowadays. What happened?