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Should I attend college or go straight into it?

I've been around cattle my whole life, but have never experienced the ranching aspect of it. Since I was a kid I have always wanted to try it, but didn't know what most people like for education. Is it smart to get an education on it, or do people like it better to just jump into working?

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Molly’s Answer

Hi Dylan,

I actually don't have any experience in this area, however I would recommend that you go to some ranches and try to speak with the owners or people that work there. One to introduce yourself and see if they are willing to hire entry level people - or if there are requirements/classes you would have to take first.

There might be apprenticeship opportunities they could consider you for. But best to make those introductions and find out directly from them what you would need to have to be considered.

I wish you the best of luck!

Molly
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Atul’s Answer

I am sure you have the stories about the agents cheated in the NFL or any other sports wiped out the athletes’ bank balance.
Many of them either did not go to college or did not finish it. Rather they did not acquire the basic knowledge to understand the money part.
In my view what does 4-year degree enables you. It makes you think analytically, acquire knowledge of accounting/finance, how to communicate and above all makes you street smart to know right from wrong.
If you are selling cattle, don’t you want to know where you get the best price? How do you negotiate better price?
The way you to talk/speak will help you and it comes from taking courses in English, Public speaking and Marketing.
You don’t have to go to private school - if the state univ is affordable - do 4 years of undergraduate in BusAdmin.
If you do not have financial means - attend community college for 2 years and xfer to the state univ for another 2 years to finish your degree.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Dylan, great question, now I will say I do usually recommend students go on to college before they start working in their desired field but in your case, I'm going to say apply to college for the fall semester. That way you can take the time your off during the summer to work on the ranch, this way you will have tried what you really wanted to do without losing anything. Best of luck
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am glad that you have chosen your own career. I am not familiar on the ranging business. However, I believe can help you to run the business in the future.
I suggest you can take the relevant course, eg ranging, agriculture, etc. as your major and business management as your minor. The modern can technology can help you to run the range in more efficiently. On the other hand, it is also a business. The knowledge on administration, accounting, people management, etc. is essential for all business.
Having said that, working experience is also important. You can consider to work in some ranges as intern. This can help you to pick up the job more quickly when you graduate.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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