WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO COLLEGE OTHER THAN WORKING IN A SMALL RETAIL BUSINESS?
I mainly see people work in retail, and that's good but just not for me. I've been thinking about if college is right for me, and it's still undecided. But when I come to a decision, if I decide to NOT go to college what to do ? A job of course, but is there anything other than retail that'll allow someone like me to work for them?
ALTERNATIVES TO A COLLEGE DEGREE
TRADE SCHOOLS • Trade schools have tons of options for certification across different trade industries, including common trades like construction, manufacturing, and health care. You can also finish a certification program much faster than a 4-year degree program. Since you can finish trade school and get certified in a year or less, this career track makes an excellent alternative to a college degree. Another advantage of choosing a trade certification is tuition is usually cheaper. A lot of colleges have higher tuition rates than trade schools, so if you're looking to save some money, a certification course is worth looking at. Getting into a trade or vocation can also give you opportunities to join a worker or trade union, which also has special benefits for members.
INTERNSHIPS • Another option is to do an internship. Internships are programs where you can gain real-world skills and experiences. These programs often model actual careers. An engineering intern, for example, will usually work alongside a supervising engineer, learning the skills and techniques of the profession. Some internships are even paid and can also lead to a job offer down the road.
APPRENTICESHIP • Apprenticeships are similar to internships, where you learn what it's like to work in a specific job. Apprenticeships usually involve shadowing a professional, which is how you learn about the career. An electrician might take on an apprentice, and many labor trades have apprenticeships for new professionals. If you're interested in one of the trades, like plumbing, electrical engineering, or automotive mechanics, working as an apprentice might even be a requirement for advancing.
Hope this was helpful Shyann
Lilly recommends the following next steps:
I would also look at interning at different companies that peak your interest (although these may be unpaid).
Hope this helps!
Consider traveling! Trade school, internships, labor, military, post office, writer.... there are a lot of options out there. And maybe school will be appropriate for you later on. But maybe not. AND THAT IS OK!!!!! Give yourself some time, you've got plenty. And also, if you get into something and don't like it.... you're not a tree! You can move!
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The reason I say this is I worked in retail during my university years and looking back I learned so many soft skills that I use constantly today.
How to talk professionally. How to manage expectations. How to manage and plan my own work so as to get everything done etc.
When I'm looking at candidates for my team, one thing I specifically look for is some kind of retail/customer facing experience. Like I said, if you can harness the essence of why you're there, who you're trying to help, SO much of that experience will translate to other careers you might be looking into.