We are conditioned throughout life to believe we must go to college. But that isn’t true – especially now when people with experience and advanced degrees are unemployed in large numbers.
I previously wrote this post on career choices that contains some really valuable tips on locating available jobs. In it I mention there are THREE MILLION openings businesses are having trouble filling because applicants don’t have SKILLS.
Tech School Benefits
College is one thing; job skills are often something you can only acquire through doing. That is why you should consider tech school if you want to make sure your money is well spent.
FIRST make sure there are jobs available in your desired field. Do NOT take a school’s word for it because they are selling education. They have to make it sound good to get students into their programs.
Verify real job demand BEFORE you get training.
How to do it is explained in the post linked above.
Choosing where to get an education can be a decision that is hard on a lot of students. If you already know what field you want to go into, that should narrow down your options quite a bit.
If you are interested in a career in healthcare, computer technology, manufacturing or business you may want to look into attending a tech school.
There are a lot of advantages of tech school over college. Following are five reasons at the top of the list.
Many technical schools will cost a lot less than a four-year college or university. Knowing exactly what you want to do and going to a school that focuses on that interest can end up saving you a lot of money, both now and in the long run.
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Already knowing what you want to focus on in school gives you an advantage over many of the rest of your peers. Often, students will begin college when they are still undecided in which field they will focus, only to add two or three years to their degree because they don’t know what they are doing.
If you know what you want, a technical school will give you the focus you need to fly through school and end up with a job that is directly related to your field of study. You will not have to spend years doing the general education that everyone does while they try to figure their life out.
Jump right into your technical classes, focusing on what is important to you, graduate quickly and be earning a living before your peers are even through their first couple of years in college.
Many technical schools are close to home and offer a wide range of class times and locations. If you work during the day, you are more likely to find night classes at a tech college than you would at a typical university.
If you need online classes, check with the administration at your local school to see if there are some classes you can do while you are at home with the kids, at a desk at work, or anywhere else.
Many professors at technical schools understand that you have a busy life and will work with you to ensure that you get the education you need, being flexible without stressing you out.
Going to a tech school can save you a lot of time because you will not have to take all of the general courses that other college students have to take. Many programs have students graduating six months after they start, and others last about two years.
Attend Tech school to get done quickly and get a job doing what you love.
You will not waste four years of your life in college, racking up 10s of 1000s of dollars you’ll have to pay back. What if you don’t get a job or you can’t make enough money to service that debt and live, too?
One of the most important reasons to choose a tech school instead of college is that they often have relationships with local employers. The best tech schools develop their training working with employers who are ready to hire graduates.
Many times, a tech school has positions lined up for their graduates long before they finish their training. If you have a particular employer in mind, contact them to find out what programs they prefer to see applicants complete.
There are many other advantages that come from going to a technical school. Not only are they cheaper, but they allow you to focus on what you want to do and will get you through your education a lot faster than a university. In addition, they are convenient and work well for the busy worker, the single mom, or anyone else with a crazy schedule.
I encourage parents, educators and older adults to stop assuming that the world has not changed. When I started college, working for one company your entire career was common.
Even though I got hired at 20, even I didn’t get my 30 years in before IBM eliminated real pensions and pushed older employees towards the exits. Very few employees today will ever work for one employer.
We need to stop insisting everyone go to college because there are fewer and fewer positions that pay enough to repay that debt and provide a living wage. Instead of starting out deeply in debt they can learn a skill and start earning.
For those who remain unconvinced, I offer this video that explains the oft quoted concept that college graduates earn more: