Choose Trade school over College or University
Gone are the times when the college was held up as the only true path to success, I lived in that era when my parents would have worried if told them that I would opt for a vocational school instead of college.
Traditional-college enrolment rates in the US have risen in this decade and so has the vocational schools with double the percentage growth compared to college enrolment rate although with the year 2020 the speculations are that the entire outlook of the higher education industry is going to change.
The COVID-19 and the lockdown situation has triggered a panic button and
Students are more worried about the change such a situation can bring about. With universities shutting down or going towards an online mode of learning, parents and students are thinking about whether it’s worth spending so much in a college with no specialized training and hands-on experience.
Well, the situation was almost the same before the pandemic as well – most jobs require specialized training in technology that college’s programs are usually too broad to address, which forced students to take vocational-education programs even after completing a degree. The cost is another important factor for the middle class as an average bachelor’s degree in the US costs $127,000! And this doesn’t include the college lifestyle cost staying, food, day to days. Whereas a trade skill can be acquired in less than 6 months with a fraction of that cost.
Very minimal difference in median salary of a 4-year degree graduate and trade skilled graduate – According to National Center for Educational Statistics, trade school jobs have a median annual salary of $35,720, whereas salary for a 4-year bachelor’s degree holder is roughly $46,000 and this doesn’t factor in long term earnings growth.
And with 2020 the poor economic condition makes the decision of choosing, a little easier. The Job prospects for new graduates are not as bright as they had expected. With the unemployment rate jumping to 11.1% although dropping down (BLS) the graduates will have limited job opportunities and industries would like to hire students that are readier for the job.
Programs such as welding aim to focus on hands-on experience and companies/industries like to hire from a trade school that focuses on training the students on not the theoretical but practical hands-on as well. The manufacturing, infrastructure, and healthcare fields are expected to grow in the future—and those jobs likely won’t require a generic degree.
Well, the generation today, just doesn’t care what anyone thinks and gone are those when parents were questioned if all is good if the student chose a vocational school over a college. More and more students themselves are understanding the situation and taking calculated decisions choosing vocational trade schools over traditional colleges