Road to College: Alternatives to College

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Alternatives to College

If you’re not planning on continuing your education after high school, finding alternatives to college is easier than ever.  Although the job market is more competitive than ever,  it’s still possible to establish yourself within a trade that interests you.  

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Getting an Internship

If you know you’re going to start working right after high school it’s a good idea to get an apprenticeship.  This will allow you to come out on top versus people without this experience.  It also looks fantastic on your resume that you took the initiative to pursue something early. 

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Considering a Trade

Many people consider going into trades like plumbing, carpentry, or electric utilities. These jobs can often pay well enough to support you and a family.  However, it’s important to note that some have unions that are difficult to get into. If you plan on going into one of these trades, make sure you have an “in” to get into one of these unions.  If you try a trade and it ends up not being exactly what you’re looking for you can always go back to school.  This past blog post has everything you would need to know about applying to and attending Community College.  

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Finding Success without College

You don’t always need college to be successful.  If you’re an inventor or entrepreneur, you can pursue a self-made career.  Beyond this, you can still look into certificate programs for medical billing or similar certifications. Above all it’s important to remember that the main methods of achieving success are as follows.  Continually educate yourself even if you’re self-educating.  Then when you feel confident in your skills, find an outlet in the job market where you can show your new skills.  You can make any path your own, so get going!  If you’re still not convinced check out this article from Forbes.

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