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How long will I need to stay in school?

school isn't the best environment for me, so I would like to know when I don't have to be in school anymore. #careers


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Katelyn’s Answer

School is not for everyone. It is important however to get your high school diploma. If you are interested in college I would recommend doing community college to see how you adjust to it. Do general classes for a semester and see how you like it and if you discover a path you are passionate about. Thankfully colleges have online classes, that are better for people who learned better on their own and not in the classroom. I personally was not much a school person in high school, but that changed in college for me. College has A LOT more freedom with picking the days, times, and classes you want to do. I did a lot better in college than high school.

College is not for everyone there are fields you do not need a degree for! My sister’s husband is a plumber. He did an apprenticeship under a master plumber and his certifications were paid for. There are a lot of job similar where you either do trade school or an apprenticeship. Those jobs are high in demand and pay well. Do google research on jobs you could see yourself doing and how to best achieve that job. Find out if you need college or just need experience.

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Anantha Ganesh’s Answer

If you want to become a graduate you have to finish schooling. If you don't want to be in school for long time, you have to clear all the exams.

But with my personal experience, once I moved to college, I felt school life was better. Once I started working, i thought both school and college was better. So learn to enjoy your non-working days now rather than regretting later.

Hi Anantha, would you be able to provide the student with some tips for handling the schooling he needs in order to graduate? I think he is feeling a bit overwhelmed by school such that he’s not going to be able to “learn” to enjoy it. Suggesting that he enjoy it while it lasts might not be the most helpful or positive outlook. Do you have any suggestions of things he can consider doing in order to finish out school while also preparing for a career (that will hopefully be a much more positive experience)? Thanks for your response! Alexandra Carpenter

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James’s Answer

Like everyone else, I'll also say that you must finish high-school. I like the suggestion for community college if you want to continue towards a higher-education degree. If you're done with school after high-school then the trades are a great option. Get on with a company that will support you earning certifications that boost your earning potential. For example, you could pursue a career in residential electrical where you'd want to get a job with an electrician as an apprentice and earn the certifications to become an electrician. There are lots of trades jobs out there, just remember to continue to pursue training and credentials that allow you to earn higher salaries!
By the way, if you look into the trades, I highly recommend you look at jobs in the green energy field of work. There are all kinds of trades jobs related to energy efficient appliances and construction. This is a field that continues to expand, especially since building regulations and codes continue to adopt more stringent energy efficiency standards.

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Catherine’s Answer

School isn't for everyone. Not everyone goes to college once the finish high school or get their GED. There are many careers where you can get a license/apprenticeship. For example, a lineman or butcher. You can even get a starting position and work your way up in the company. I know several people who have taken these different paths and they love their job without going to college. If you love the work you are doing then getting up every morning to do what you love won't seem like "work". A starting position may not pay that well at first, but as you show your worth to the company through your performance, you can move up in the company if that is your dream.

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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Ryan!
There are alot of people that don't enjoy school. It is very important to complete High School as the foundation for the rest of your career. It is important to understand why you don't like school. In today's world there are alternative ways to complete High School. Online school may be an option to consider.

As far as how long do you have to remain in school, this really depends on what type of career you would like to go into. Since you do not like school maybe a trade career would be something you want to explore. As you grow older you will learn the items that most interest you and you can focus your attention there.

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Melissa’s Answer

I would highly recommend at least finishing high school. Find what is interesting to you about school! Make it a challenge. You can do it!

From there, it depends upon what you want to do that will determine how much more "school" you will need. Keep in mind that life is a learning experience. At some point, you will always be learning something! That is was makes life interesting!

Best of luck to you!

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Patrick’s Answer

Get your GED, find something you love to do that people need and you can make a good living. No need to make yourself miserable if school just is not for you. There are many trades and other jobs that you can learn without going to school.

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Jillian’s Answer

As others have said before me, school isn't for everyone but the best advice is to finish high school. With that being said, are you interested in a trade? Yes you may still have schooling for a trade, but if you find something you are truly passionate about, and want to learn more about, then school won't feel like a bother or a major hassle to complete. Before you truly start worrying about how long you have to be in school for, start focusing on your likes and dislikes. Try finding people in different fields of interest and ask them what it took for them to get where they are now. You may even find that once you are in a job they company may pay for you to continue your education and that could result in a promotion or pay increase. It's all about you, just remember that! No one can force you to go to school, you have to make that decision for yourself. Have you thought about a career in the Military? Lots of benefits there. Good luck!

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Riley’s Answer

This is completely dependent on the career you choose to pursue; and it is a good rule of thumb that the more time you spend in school the more money you will earn in the long run. For most trades like being a mechanic or hairdresser, you will only be required to attend a 2-year program at a trade school. But to earn a bachelor's degree in college, you will need at least 4 years. The amount of school time only goes up from here.

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Kimberly’s Answer

How long you are in school depends on your interests and chosen field of study. Many professions require only a couple of years of preparation while others take multiple degrees and years of preparation.

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Teresa’s Answer

School isn't for everyone. It is important to complete high school. You might try taking 1 or 2 classes that interest you at a community college such as photography, art, or IT. This would allow you to find classes that interest you, but you don't overload yourself to the point you feel overwhelmed.

Some people prefer to go to culinary school or school that teaches a trade such as being a mechanic.


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