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are there good career that don't require colleges. #college

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Steve’s Answer

Hi Nashaun,


I remember that throughout my high school experience that the teachers and guidance counselors I interacted with almost exclusively suggested college as the next step after high school. However, there are definitely careers that do not require a college degree that provide a great income, are stable, and provide opportunities for growth.


For example, learning a trade (carpentry, metalworking, pipefitting, plumbing, etc.) can lead to a great career. While these jobs may require some formal training from the employer, many unions and small businesses, at least in my area of the country, are constantly looking for new hires who are interested in learning a trade. Eventually, once a worker becomes skilled enough, they may decide to open up their own business.


Another option that many students don't consider is the military. Not only is military service a relatively stable career path, but there are many benefits as well. For example, during service, college courses are usually completely paid for if a service member wishes to pursue a degree. Additionally, you will learn many valuable life skills while serving in the military. Not to mention that the military is one of the few careers that provides a substantial pension after retirement. There are also opportunities to travel as military members are stationed or training all over the world.


Ultimately though, it's most important to consider your career aspirations and the appropriate path to get there.


Good Luck.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Nashaun W. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

I think that the bigger benefits that having a college degree brings comes AFTER getting your first job. I have often written about the difference between a job and a career. In short, having a college degree can give individuals more choice and can open up more options on building out a career. Having a job without a college degree has a tendency to prevent upward and outward movement especially after an individual has mastered the task(s) associated with a job. Generally speaking, limited movement can lead to limited growth, which can lead to limits on your earning potential.

Hope you find this answer helpful and best of luck to you!
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