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was it fine to not have college and still get a good job?

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Fred’s Answer

"Good" is a relative term. What you think of as good may not be what I think of.

What kind of job are you looking for? If you want to be a physician and not go to college, you are out of luck. However, if you want to be a carpenter, you're probably OK.

My suggestion would be to try and figure out what kind of job you want, and then figure out if college is right for that position.

GENERALLY speaking, college is a good idea, but every person and situation is different.
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Erica’s Answer

Hi Junhua,

Fred Rosenberger gave some good advice--every situation is different and it can help to work backwards (what jobs interest me? What level of education do they require?).

If even after thinking about careers you are unsure, remember college does not have to happen immediately after high school, or even all at once. Your plan might involve working while attending a community college part time, to get a sense of what you'd like to study. Many community colleges have agreements with 4-year schools; once you earn your associate's degree, you can transfer to the 4-year and begin work on your bachelor's degree.

Community colleges also often have trade programs and certificate programs. For example, the community colleges in my state offer programs for veterinary technicians, dental hygienists, and machine maintenance (to name just a few).

Education is a journey. The key is to remain open to learning, whether by training for a new position at a job, or attending college to earn the degree you need for your desired career. Best wishes!
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