More Women are Seeking the Trades!
You need skills, training and education to succeed. So which path is right for you?
Ask yourself three questions:
1. Do you enjoy sitting in a traditional classroom, online learning or a mix of both?
2. Do you have time and money to invest in a four-year degree right now or do you want to start making money and applying your skills sooner?
3. Are you aware of how much education is required for various fields and if you will be employable upon graduation?
Life is full of risks and decision-making can seem like guesswork without the information. So, let's look at the facts: The job market is driving force of the economy and getting hired is your goal.
Where's the Money?
According to the National Education Association, 7 out of 10 people in the U.S. workforce do not have a bachelor's degree. In fact, many of the most reliable jobs require two years or less of formal vocational training, because trade and technical skills are marketable commodities.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that 14 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations only require an associate's degree or less, growing to 18 of 20 projected by 2020 with over 50 million job openings
Vocational schools and skills training can jump-start you on your path to a career because the programs are often less than two years and flexible to your schedule. This is appealing to busy working adults who need the option of attending night classes and online.
Trade schools are quite affordable and offer apprenticeships that offer certifications to make you more employable. Trade jobs will always be in demand and the trades are desperate to replace the retiring Baby Boomer generation. The trades professions are respectable and of increasing value in a growing economy.
Employers are looking for workers who have real world, on-the-job experience, and with many vocational programs, this is achieved before graduation.
So, if sitting in front of a desk all week does not appeal to you, consider the fact that many trade jobs are in keeping with an active lifestyle. The choice is yours, traditional and expensive four-year education or a skills based program that will fit your healthy lifestyle and fill your bank account now.