Despite all the statistics and articles which all support the notion that a college education ensures higher wages over a lifetime, a college education may not be the right decision for you. So what if college is not the right choice for you? How do you know if that is the case?
First of all – what is your gut feeling when you think about college? Are you fed up with all the learning after high school and are you ready to work on cars, or come home with a paycheck? Perhaps you are already working in high school and you enjoy your job. Or you may be working in a family business alongside your parents, rehabbing houses, fixing roofs, cleaning carpets repairing cars.
There are many jobs that do not require prior experience or a special education and that provide on the job training: cashier, teller, waiter or waitress, CNA (certified nursing assistant), packer, mail carrier, farm hand, laborer.
Quite a few jobs only require a much shorter education and some of them will be taught on the job with evening classes to add more knowledge: medical assistant, dental assistant, welder, dog groomer, actor. With the internet everyone has access to online courses (free and paid) that can be taken to further your education as you go and many companies will offer continuing education opportunities.
In those states where employers receive a tax break to do so, they will be even more inclined to offer you that chance. Check with the HR department to find out what is available. Remember: each class you take, every new skill you master can make you more valuable for the company you work for, which may translate in an increase in wages!
For example if you decide to become a hairdresser, you first need to attend a state accredited cosmetology school, and then gain experience on the job. If you want to own your own hair salon, you will also need to learn about how to run a business. A great resource is SCORE – where you can get a mentor who will help you get started in your business. SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964
Decide to be the best you can be in your chosen profession and take advantage of opportunities that come your way. And it is not always how much you earn, but it is how you decide to spend it that determines the outcome. Just check out Ronald Read’s story – a janitor from Brattleboro Vermont
Regardless of what you decide to become – a grocery store clerk, a Realtor, a fisherman, a flagger – anyone can benefit from learning new things everyday. Expanding your horizons and discovering new worlds is important for everyone. It will create a better understanding in how you can contribute to our society.
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
A website that will provide you with a lot of continuing education opportunities: Coursera
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.
If you are interested in learning languages you can download the free app DuoLingo,
You can learn languages with your smart phone or on your PC.
Keep an eye out for free classes that may be offered at your local public library. Your public library is a treasure trove of knowledge and provides access to internet and thousands of books that are waiting for you to explore them.