Can you go from education to career in just a year or less?
Is trade school a fantastic option?
The short answer is absolutely! Attending a 3 month, 6 month, 1 or 2 year course is one of the many benefits of enrolling in a trade school . Not only can you get your foot in the door to your dream job quickly but it can also give you a great chance at more hands-on apprenticeship experience compared to a traditional college or university course. You can really pinpoint your education needs by focusing on the intended industry and only paying for the education you want. Cost is extremely important in making a decision about any post secondary education. You may as well get more bang for your buck!
Why I love trade schools
As a graduate of university, community college and trade school, I can attest to the amount of money I spent on courses that did not take me very far in my career. When I turned 22, after attending college for over a year, I decided I would start attending smaller schools as a way to quickly expedite my education and move rapidly into the work force and save money. I was able to complete my education with tons of knowledge as well as work experience before I even completed my final exams.
This is how trade schools work. You can have a smaller group of students per class giving you lots of hands-on experience. Some students have the ability to do paid work or apprentice during the whole process. I did it and I appreciated the extra education I attained while working. Who wouldn’t want to be paid to learn? When potential employers allow someone that is “green” to come to work for them with the hopes of snagging that perfect student fresh out of school, it is a win-win.
When I was attending horticulture in college, I would supplement my income by doing work for the horticulture department. I got paid a small wage and it felt great to be making some money while I got my education. The best part was staying on point, doing jobs that were very relatable to my schooling.
A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can’t give you a formula for that.Chet Atkins
Mr. Wonderful agrees that trade schools should not be overlooked
The cost of education
If you could imagine trudging through over 4 years of education and financial burden just to acquire a job in an industry that may be disappearing (example: healthcare) then you might need to step back and take a serious look at trade schools.
I remember while attending my care nurse program back in 1992, my full year of education costs were under ten thousand and I was pretty excited. To imagine taking the 4 year RN course would have put me into bankruptcy. In my local college, and in a little over a year, I had acquired the necessary skills, first aid courses and practicum experience and was ready to join the workforce.
What is trade school anyways?
A trade school is any post-secondary educational institution that offers in depth and hands-on training for a specific job. Students will attend a trade school program to learn the skills needed for their chosen career path, such as being an electrician, a dental assistant, or water treatment specialist. Trade schools are focused on preparing students in a concentrated and more expedited way to enter the workforce in a skilled trade.
The Benefits of Trade Schools
One of the real benefits to trade schools is that they offer 1-year programs that jump into an apprenticeship in the first 3 months! This cannot be overlooked. During a time when the cost of university education is way beyond the means of our young people, it is time to factor in the trade schools that teach skills that are the backbone of society. We need plumbers, electricians, highway flaggers, dental assistants, HVAC professionals, equipment operators, water treatment specialists, lab technicians and more to keep things running smoothly in society.
Are you seeking more out of life?
If you are a recent graduate of high school or you are seeking a career that is more fulfilling than your current job, maybe heading off to a trade school is what you need. We are currently in a time where there are many jobs available because, during the lockdown, so many people chose to opt-out of working for others as working from home was completely possible and the better choice for some. Now, we see so many empty positions that are not being filled, even with a high wage offered.
There isn’t a job shortage, there is a shift in what people want to trade their time for.
Are you ready to make the change?
Money is a very necessary asset. The past 2 years showed us that we can survive with a little less (some were forced into this). This new attitude towards working for others for little pay is changing the landscape of the job market. If you have a few minutes to spare each day, why not go online and obtain a few credits that you may need in order to start in trade school? The coolest part is that this can be done in your pajamas, in your own home, anytime.
During the 2 years at home in lockdown, some of us made huge changes in our lives to maintain our income and our sanity. Now that the dust is settled and we are seeing a major increase in prices of all things, we have to consider creating a more lucrative income. Some people work 2 jobs and cannot afford rent, gas, food, and medications. It isn’t easy. I think it is time for a change.
Just dive in head first
I was a care nurse for 16 years and I made the change in 2020 to go out on my own and make money my way. Doing this has been one of the best things I could have done for my positive mental health and to boost my confidence. I thought as I was entering my 50s, I would be doing my nursing career until I retired. I have to say that I am really happy with my choice to go in a different direction. The thing I noticed immediately after leaving my career was the doors that were opening around me. All of this started with just 1 online course.
What dream career would you love?
Maybe you have a dream to be a welder, a plumber, an electrician, or a mechanic. One thing to remember is that the trade industries should not be overlooked. In most cases, you can get your foot in the door of a fascinating career in just 1 year of education. The best part about starting in a trade is the ability to get to work quickly as a paid apprentice. If you haven’t looked into the many trades offered by local universities, community colleges, or private trade schools, then you may be missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime.
I’ve compiled a list of skilled trades and the estimate time of each course (these will vary depending on which country you live in). There are many more trades available. This is just a few.
Electrical Technology – 6 months to a year or a 2 year degree
Welding Technology – 7 months to a year or a 2 year degree
Dental Assisting – 9 months to 1 year or a 2 years degree
Commercial Truck Driving – commercial truck driving training can take as little as 1 month and up to about 3 months. It may take a little longer if you study for extra endorsements.
Medical Assisting – 1 to 6 months and up to 2 years for an associate degree.
Cosmetology – between 10 months and 1 year. Associate degrees in cosmetology take up to 2 years
Auto Mechanics – 9 months to about 1 year – full time. A diesel truck mechanic course takes about 1 year.
Massage Therapy – 6 to 9 months and up to 2 years for an associate degree.
Aircraft Mechanic and Maintenance – about a year and a half to 2 years to complete.
Culinary Arts – 6 months to 1 year. An associate degree in culinary arts will take about 2 years and a bachelor’s degree will take an average of 4 years.
HVAC Technology – (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) takes 6 months to one year for full time students. Associate degrees in HVAC technology, take about 18 months to two years to finish.
There are a few things to consider before kicking your dream career into high gear. Here are some questions to ask yourself and your school of choice in order to make a conscientious decision. Be honest with yourself, too. It is your future.
Questions to ask myself before choosing trade school
- What interests me?
- What type of wage does my trade industry offer?
- What are the hours and days of my course?
- Am I physically capable of doing the trade I choose?
- Can I afford the course?
- What are my short term goals after completing the course?
- What are my long term goals after completing the course?
- Where would I like to live and work once I complete my course?
Questions to ask the trade school
- How long is my course?
- Is the school accredited?
- What is the course load?
- Do I need any prerequisites?
- Can any of the education be done online, remotely or through zoom/skype?
- Does the school offer financial assistance?
- Does the school offer an apprenticeship program?
I hope that you found this information useful. I think if you are looking to improve your life and career without going into horrendous debt, a trade school is a great option. If you need more information about courses and prices, check your local area schools as many courses will vary in length and price. Check online if you are looking to build up some credits to get into a particular course. Have fun creating your dream career.
Disclaimer: I wish you nothing but success in whatever you do. Go out there and get that dream career. Dream big, do bigger. Shannon
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