When people think of the college experience, they conjure up thoughts of kids on a college campus, going to class during the day, and enjoying dorm parties, football games and other activities on the evenings and weekends. We also think of students studying to become doctors, lawyers, accountants, and teachers. These programs all have the same things in common: they require at least four years of education and, for the most part, the classroom setting involves the instructor lecturing, the students taking notes, and turning in homework assignments, papers, and exams to get a passing grade. At the end of four years (or however long it takes for a student to complete all the required classes) students graduate and receive bachelor degrees. Some enter the workforce and begin their careers, others continue their education by going to graduate school, law school, or medical school.
Many students are interested in taking this path, and they go on to have wonderful, fulfilling careers. But what about students who aren’t interested in this path? For those students, there are other options and careers for which they could be better suited. The fact is, not everyone is cut out for the traditional college journey, but that doesn’t mean they too don’t deserve to learn a trade that they can also enjoy.
Although a traditional college experience works for many students, it’s not for everyone. All students aren’t cut out for, or even interested in, “regular” college. Some students want to learn a trade or skill and get on with their lives. Others might not be able to afford four years of school but can afford one or two years of higher education. For these students, a vocational or technical school is a good option. These schools usually offer majors and programs that are more blue-collar than accountants and lawyers, but they can still pay well. The curriculum is focused primarily on the major itself and is generally much more hands-on. These schools are ideal for students who don’t excel in a traditional classroom setting but do well working with their hands. Most programs range in duration from 9 months to two years to complete and they culminate in a student attaining a degree or certificate as well as being prepared to take any required licensing or certification exams.
Vocational Trade School & Career Paths