27 While on-the-job training is an option, the educational benefits are usually minimal. OJT programs provide limited opportunities Students who get a job after they graduate usually receive some sort of on-the-job training. This training is provided by the employer, and it can last anywhere from a few hours to several months. These short- term training programs are not meant to prepare individuals for a career—they are designed to teach employees what they need to know to perform a specific job. On-the-job training programs most often prepare people for minimum wage jobs with limited opportunities for advancement. Of course, employees who are hard-working, polite, punctual, well-groomed, willing to learn, and able to get along well with others have the best chance for advancement. High school graduates who choose on-the-job training as their educational option should try to find a job in a field they’re considering as a career. For example,astudentwhowantsacareerinthefashionindustryshouldconsider getting a job at a clothing store; a student interested in photography should consider working at a camera store. Education Choice # On-the-Job Training After submitting an application, an applicant is usually interviewed and given a numerical rating. Applicants are then put on a waiting list. Once on the waiting list, anapplicantmayhavetowaitmonths,orevenyears,to be placed in an apprenticeship program. For informa- tionontheapprenticeshipprogramsinyourarea,doan onlinesearchfortheapprenticeshiptrainingprograms in your city and state. 7