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Half of 2013 college graduates are jobless or underemployed.
A shocking statistic, isn’t it? In fact, many graduates with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in minimum-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist. And to make things worse, they have a hefty loan to pay back, with monthly payments generally beginning six months to a year post graduation.
There are a host of reasons for this unemployment rate, but the bottom line is many graduates are unskilled. They are academically ready but not trained or experienced in their degree fields. Today’s employers hire people who can contribute from their date of hire, not six months down the road after training.
What does this mean to you?
My guess is you were probably one of those students who considered a traditional four-year college, but after research (or maybe even trial and error), chose to pursue a more direct route where you get in, get trained, and get working. If this sounds like you, read on.
7 Reasons to Choose a Trade School
1. Not everyone is college material. Recognize your strengths, and if sitting in a classroom for most of your post high school education doesn’t appeal to you, know there are alternatives.
2. Go to college, but go on your terms. Some high schools have a heavy bias against students going to a technical school. Now’s your time to “show them” what success for you looks like.
3. Learn with a hands-on approach. Apply what you learn immediately. What a great opportunity to practice your skills in a low-pressure environment to feel ready and confident for potential employers.
4. Your degree is more than a receipt. You now have something to show for your education. Four year colleges often leave students ill-prepared; you can’t get a job without experience, but how do you get experience if no one will hire you?
5. Less time. Trade schools are two year programs – sometimes less, depending on the career field.
6. Less money. No guarantees here, but shop around. On average, the range for a four year degree is $22,000 – 44,000.
7. Higher placement rates. Trade schools pride themselves on maintaining higher placement rates than traditional four year colleges. Their Career Services Department will work with you from the moment you enroll to well after you graduate, ensuring you have every advantage during your job search.
Do you march to the beat of your own drummer…maybe believe molds were made for other people?
If you read through the list and one or more of the reasons appealed to you, I suspect you tend to approach life differently. You’ve probably learned many things the hard way. More than likely, you felt neglected during your high school years as so many of them tend to be biased toward four-year colleges.
It’s time to turn things around and take control of your future. Explore careers and find your passion, and then when you find it, begin your journey toward getting the skills you need to start your career of choice. The link below, “Going to Trade School: Should You Do It?” provides a fairly comprehensive look at the benefits and employment projections for a trade school education. Take a look.
It’s time to find the success you deserve. You already know you’re no cookie-cutter; now it’s time to prove it to the rest of the world.