Knowledge is power, wrote the great philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon, in his book “Meditationes Sacrae” back in 1597. That holds true today. Where you get your knowledge from does matter, of course.
Accordingly, people from all walks of life will want to endeavor to get a good education. But embarking on an enjoyable and lucrative career path does not necessarily require that you receive a university degree.
If the kind of work you plan to do does not involve earning a B.A. or PhD. at a four-year college, there’s something to be said for learning everything you need in a different kind of educational institution.
With that in mind, here are the top 8 benefits of enrolling in a career college or trade school for you to consider.
1. Train for Work That’s in High Demand:
After graduating from a traditional 4-year college, you may not be able to easily find work in your chosen field. But going to trade school means you can spend your time learning and training for a job in an industry where there is high demand for workers.
In fact, companies often recruit new talent from trade schools since they know that the individuals have been properly trained according to industry best practices. Think of such trades as plumbers, electricians, and mechanics. These are jobs that will always be in high demand as long as we have a civilization.
2. Less Time Spent Training:
In career college, you only engage in hands-on training for a limited period, typically 1 to 2 years, as compared to four years or more earning a degree from a university. Less time in the classroom means you can start your career sooner. Furthermore, when you reduce the amount of time in classes, you also lower the amount of potential debt you might go into while studying.
3. Earn Experience While You Learn:
Attending trade school gives you solid, hands-on experience. The training you receive in a career college isn’t just about reading, discussions, and tests. You’ll actually be working on tasks and projects that you can anticipate doing in the real world once education is complete. You’ll be ahead of others who have gone to a four-year college but who have limited or zero practical experience to put on their resume.
4. Avoid Student Debt
A primary reason many students have for avoiding enrolling in a traditional four-year university is the staggering costs involved in earning their diploma. Accordingly, you will spend perhaps half the amount of time in trade school. And because career colleges tend to cost less than universities, you won’t have the worry that comes with taking on a lot of university student debt.
5. Help Finding a Job After School
You can count on your trade school offering many resources and opportunities to help you land a great job with your newly acquired skills and knowledge. It’s common for local businesses to form partnerships with area career colleges so they can tap into an ongoing source of new employees.
Students always have the option to look at the latest statistics for job placement in whatever industry they are interested in pursuing. This will give you a strong indication of what job prospects will be like in a year or two after you finish your career college training.
6. Not Just a Face in the Crowd
Universities have large lecture halls filled with hundreds of students. But in trade school, you can count on the classrooms being much smaller, with fewer people competing for the instructor’s attention. What’s more, you can learn about each of your classmates, which is invaluable when studying together and sharing ideas.
7. Easier Requirements for Admission to Trade Schools
Sometimes students find it challenging to meet the requirements for admission to a traditional four-year institution. But this shouldn’t be a barrier to someone who wants to start a lucrative career.
Trade schools will often allow students to join even if they didn’t graduate from high school or if their grades were poor in high school. And in contrast to university systems, you generally will not have prerequisite classes first before you can enroll.
8. Less Waiting Time
Universities have limited schedules, with everyone attending on a quarterly or semester basis. If you don’t sign up before the start of the year, you’ll have to wait. However, trade schools have ongoing start dates for each class. This gives you more opportunities to start learning sooner.
Ready to Chart Your Career Path?
Individuals who already know they want to attend a trade school may still have questions about their options, such as to compare different industries or fields of study. To learn more about what’s involved in attending career college or to arrange a tour of our campus, please get in touch with Summit College today.