We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sorry for repeating but the HS grad needs to think what the jobs in the future are going to look like and also be prepared to reinvent him or herself, maybe a couple of times. Whether a job can be off shored is another consideration; it doesn't just mean manufacturing anymore, but higher end jobs as well. Automation, software, and instant global communication will continue to eliminate a lot of entry level and mid level jobs too.