Vocational Training - the Other School Meat
Many of us have been told that a college degree is necessary in
order to land a satisfying career that has a good salary.
However, while experts agree that most careers do require
postsecondary training or education, statistics show that only a
small percentage of jobs will demand a bachelor's or
professional degree. If you are undecided about whether or not
attending a four-year college is right for you, what is a
A great option to a four-year college is a vocational training
program. Vocational training programs offer specialized
instruction to help students develop the knowledge and skills
necessary to perform a specific job. In addition, these programs
often have small class sizes -- which allow for one-on-one
communication with the instructor -- and are completed in a much
shorter timeframe. Many training programs are also offered on
the Internet, enabling you to study from the comfort of your own
home and on your own schedule.
There are also an unlimited number of careers that can be had
through vocational training. A great job such as working the
front desk of a dental office is easily achieved through
vocational training. Additionally, vocational training prepares
students for immediate employment by focusing only on the
material that matters; while a four-year college expects
students to take a variety of courses that usually have nothing
to do with their interests and end up costing them a lot of
wasted time and dollars.
On the front and back end, vocational training is much lower in
costs than college tuition. Today, the average price of a
four-year college is somewhere around $15,000 per year; while a
vocational training institution averages 60-80% less. And the
costs don't end at graduation either. Many college students end
up paying back hefty loans that they had to use in order to pay
for school - before they even land a job!
In short, it is important to understand now what your choices
are for postsecondary education. A great part of graduating high
school and becoming a responsible adult is learning to make the
decisions that are right for you. So mosey on up to the counter
and take a good look at all the options available on the menu
before you decide to order what everyone else recommends.