Five Reasons You Should Pick a Career School
I remember attending High School as a student. Students were pressured to receive excellent test scores on their SATs, concentrate on taking extracurricular courses, and attempt to keep their GPAs above a 3.0. Colleges and Universities were the ideal images of success presented to us by previous generations. However, what if I were to tell you that there is another way to be successful? Career schools are the next big thing, and I am writing this post to tell you why.
There are five reasons you should pick a career school.
Reason #1. It’s Less Expensive By A Lot
How much is a lot you ask? I will break it down for you by covering 5 major concerns with a college education today just in case you’re in a rush and need a summary.
- Student loans debt is at $1.56 trillion dollars
- The average debt is $29,800
- College graduates aren’t guaranteed the money they spent
- Employers don’t want to train fresh out of college graduates
- Employers want work-ready people
If you didn’t already know, colleges and universities are expensive! According to U.S Student Loan Hero, Americans are burdened by student loan debt more than ever. The average debt is $29,800. Furthermore, you may have heard of other frightening statistics. Americans owe $1.56 trillion dollars in loan debt.
The average monthly student loan payment is $393 per month. Could you imagine paying $393 or $4,716 per year out of your pocket? The whole concept of you attending a college or university was to EARN MORE money. However, by the looks of things, students lose money and are the mercy of their debt. This means less money to spend on buying a home or a new car.
The average cost for tuition per year is $23,890. With a career school certification, you can pay an average of $1000 to $15,000 for a good, paying career. Statistically, I will mention that people with bachelors degrees only tend to earn$5,000 more per year, and this is not guaranteed. Universities gear their education towards general knowledge and not work knowledge.
Students may graduate with the feeling that they are not ready for the real world.
Sadly, this is because they aren’t. How can they be? Colleges and Universities prepare students with practical thinking, but not work-ready education. As a result, colleges and universities encourage their students to take internships. If that didn’t make matters worse, colleges and universities are not required to meet a quota for getting their students hired. Essentially, once you graduate, you’re on your own!
What’s the deal then? Realistically, universities and colleges neither have the tools nor the structure to give their students a real taste of what the workforce looks like.
You can’t imagine how many students I have seen who have double Masters Degrees, yet struggle to find work. This is due to the fact that most employers do not want to train a fresh-out-of-college graduate. It’s like catching a small fish and expecting it to feed a large population of people. Unfortunately, most college graduates lack the experience and skills to excel in the
It’s like catching a small fish and expecting it to feed a large population of people. Generally, college graduates lack the experience and skills to excel in the real world.
According to Peter Capelli, director of The Wharton School’s Center for Human Resources, companies want workers they don’t have to educate. For the most part, employers search for work-ready graduates. It saves them money!
A major difference between technical graduates and college graduates is their level of preparedness. Technical workers are already masters of their craft by the end of their training. You won’t spend useless time on classes like Art History or Economics that have nothing to do with your major.
A trade school focuses on what matters. Technical school graduates are work-ready and
Let’s take a look at the difference between a college graduate and a technical school graduate:
Reason # 2. Trade Jobs are In-Demand
The second advantage of a career school is that trade jobs are in-demand. Since most people are after office positions, the sad reality is that there is an abundance of open trade-skilled positions available. These skilled positions need people. Healthcare, I.T, and construction. These fields are high paying too. The average I.T technician can earn a $37,000 to $60,000 per year. It’s no wonder people are switching to do trade jobs.
On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of computers, there is another good example of how you can spend less and make more. Healthcare is the top industry for 2019. Furthermore, it is recession free. The average salary for an EKG Technician is $50,000 in the United States and most EKG classes cost an average of $600. It is a steal.
Reason #3. Resumes Look Good
Employers need ready-to-work employees. Employers are in favor of education. It is the difference between training on-site and being work-ready what separates candidates. Certifications aren’t like degrees. A certification indicates you are specialized. For instance, someone may have an education degree and not be able to teach until they are certified to teach.
Certifications are good indications of knowledge and dedication. The more certifications you have the more credible you become as an employer.
The definition of certification indicates that it is a baseline of level competence. A certification is a formal process that recognizes and validates an individual’s qualification in a certain subject. It is earned by an individual to perform a job or a task through the acknowledgment of educational achievement.
A resume will look significantly better with certifications and/or licenses listed. They are earned from a professional society. Usually, certifications need to be renewed. This
Reason #4. Trade Schools are Partnered with Companies
The average career school cannot survive without employer partners. Employer partners and career schools are best friends. Employers need constant employees. Trade school graduates need employment.
A career college must undergo yearly evaluations to attain its approval for education. In most states, the regulations are strict. Trade schools, in most states, are required to provide employment services or listings of employment partners hiring.
In order to be active as a school, the percentage must be at 92% for graduates to be hired which means trade schools will put in a bigger effort into reassuring that their students are employed after graduation. Colleges and Universities do not have the same restrictions.
Once they are accredited, schools may undergo occasional evaluations, but they are not required to report their graduate employment numbers. This means you can spend thousands of dollars and not get the return on investment you paid for. A good example is my university experience. After I graduated from college, I never recalled my university contacting me to see if I was employed or if I needed additional help.
Colleges and Universities do not want you to know that there are other options available. In addition to the excellent employment opportunities career schools give you, most employers will provide additional training and educational services to their employees. The more certifications you have the better it is for them.
Health care facilities pay 50% or more on career advancing opportunities for their employees. It is because the supply is short and the demand for health care workers is high. The employer would rather invest in their current employees than spend another several months looking for another qualified candidate.
Reason # 5. Less Time in School
I don’t remember a time where I enjoyed school. The school portion of our lives is a stepping stone to the bigger things we want to do in life.
If you’re not a big fan of school and wish to spend less time in the classroom, trade schools are in. The career courses are anywhere from 4-weeks to two years depending on the extent of what you are attempting to learn. You can spend less time in school, earn money, and save it for bigger, better opportunities.