Have you ever wondered what happens if you donít plan to go to college? Today schools and most parents are focused on getting us into college, preferably a prestigious four-year university where we can continue our education and make a bijillion dollars some day. I love the plan, and Iím working toward college just because I donít want to rule it out just yet, but for many kids out there, college might not be what theyíre shooting for.
College is Great, But Itís Not For Everyone?
An interesting statistic Ė only 28% of adults have a college degree. That means out of four people pulled from across the nation, three of them donít have a college degree. Does that mean that three out of four people couldnít cut it in college? Certainly not! Many of them simply picked options that were more suited to their skills and gifts. Unfortunately, with our big college push, these options arenít often discussed, but for those that arenít interested in college or canít afford it yet, there are plenty of options.
Learn a Skill
If you donít want to spend four years learning a huge variety of things including history and more math, spend six to twenty-four months learning a certain type of skill. Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, medical assistants, cosmetologists, welders, stenographers and legal assistances make more than many college graduates, but take far fewer classes. There are thousands of skills to learn and many of them start a full-career that can give you some serious job
security. These sorts of skills are actually in high demand than ever, actually.
There are many specialty schools, especially in technology and art that can advance your skills in an area not offered in many trade schools. These schools might prepare you for a four year degree down the road or give you enough expertise in your area of study to get started right away. A specialty school for art, dance, music or technology is more about doing what you love than making money anyway.
Start Your Own Business
A year of college can cost upwards of $15,000. If you were to invest that same amount of money into a franchise of a business or open your own shop of some kind, you have a chance to be your own boss, do something you love and reap all kinds of rewards. Right out of high school might not be the best time to start a huge business, but you can help a relative start one who has experience with the legal components required or take some time working in the particular industry, perhaps managing another pet grooming business before starting your own in a few years.
Take Time to Decide
There is nothing worse than wasted money and if you rush off to college unsure of what you want to do, you stand to waste thousands of dollars only to have to go back again to get the degree you really want. If youíre not really sure what you want to do with your life, you donít have to start college right away. Staying at home with your family might suit you while you take some classes or you might start working odd-jobs to pay for travel and other life experiences you can really only have as a young person. When youíre ready, college will be there and youíll appreciate it more because youíll be ready for it.