If you just finished high school or college and you’re not continuing your formal education, then you’re a de facto self-directed learner. The world is your oyster, and it’s your job to figure out what to do with it.
If you just finished college…
You probably want to keep learning and discovering what interests you, but you also want to support yourself. Perhaps without the structure and community of college, you feel a bit adrift.
If you just finished high school and you’re not going to college…
Maybe you’re feeling the societal pressure to “do something” that’s equivalent to college, but you’re not quite sure what that is yet. You’re probably still living at home but crave financial independence, too.