When on the verge of graduating high school, many students choose to go to a university or the community college route, they might join the Armed Forces or go straight into the work field. All of these are great choices, but there seems to be a lack of interest in vocational schools. Vocational schools, also known as trade schools, are higher educational institutions in which students learn job-related and technical skills necessary for a specific job. For example, if a person wanted to become a hairstylist or nail technician they would go to a esthetician type of vocational school and these students are able to finish their program at a faster rate than a traditional college student typically would.
At a university, students are required to complete a core curriculum that may or may not have anything to do with what they actually want to learn or study. Some even argue that the extra college courses are a waste of time and money, seeing as they do not teach the necessary skills required for their intended career. Many students can though obtain internships in order to show employers they know how to utilize the analytical and problem-solving strategies they learned in college. Students with internships on their resumes also have a significantly better chance of being hired than a student who does not. In vocational schools though, you learn and receive hands on experience thatenable you to put into practice what you learn.
Vocational schools also tend to cost a lot less than traditional universities, which is a major perk. The student loan debt for traditional students is now more than $1.2 trillion, and the average student loan debt averages out at $30k. The ratio of graduates and the number of jobs available, unfortunately, do not equivalate and more and more post-graduates are finding themselves either unemployed or underemployed. Trade school graduates, however, are able to enter straight into their profession and with more than triple the savings in cost of education compared to a 4-year-college, which is definitely something to take into consideration.
So, if you're unsure on what you want to do in life, there's no need to fret. There are plenty of options out there and new opportunities developing everyday. Whether you attend a university and receive a bachelor's and/or graduate degree, earn a certification at a trade school, or neither, as long as you're happy with what you're doing you will be successful in life. For more information and resources on career paths visit the http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm?view_full.
By: Kiandra Florence