As high school students prepare for their future, the question of college or trade school comes up. Which should you choose?
Over the past few decades, parents, teachers, and even grandparents considered college an absolute requirement. If your professional aspirations don't require a bachelor's degree, it can be a thorny family subject.
Well, here are a few facts that might help with the family drama. Although vocational education has been looked down upon in the past, as of today trade and technical training offer rigorous programs that are no longer skipping out on essential classes like high-level math, English for communication, and advanced computer skills. This means that you get a well-rounded education that might serve you better than a “traditional” college path.
Many jobs in high demand require trade and technical education. For example, nursing is one of the highest paying jobs in the US. Any jobs related to construction like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians are also in high demand.
On the other hand, trade school allows you to be employable right away, without having to wait the four years required when attending a college. Many trade schools offer graduating students job placement assistance, which practically guarantees they will start to earn immediately upon receiving their certificate or diploma. Whichever direction you take after high school, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.