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Do you have to go to college or school for all careers?

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Doc’s Answer

Plainly put Asiyah, not having a college degree should not diminish your chances of securing a good job. This is good news for many young people entering the workforce. Now, companies need more workers than workers need jobs. Instead of weeding people out, businesses are tasked with figuring out how to bring new talent in, by removing the college degree requirement has been an effective way to do so.

These trends, combined with the Great Resignation, have forced companies to re-think some of their more traditional hiring practices. When it comes to finding the right candidates, recruiters are now looking at talent pipelines outside of college pathways. Now job seekers without degrees have the opportunity for better pay and loftier benefits than ever before.

Start your job search on sites like Indeed or LinkedIn. They search a few keywords and then browse the first few pages of listings. But often, it’s only the biggest, wealthiest companies — the ones that pay money to keep their job openings at the top of those lists — that show up. As a result, hundreds, or even thousands, of candidates apply for a very small pool of job openings, increasing competition among job seekers. Hiring managers are more likely to favor those candidates with relevant network connections, which puts students with college degrees at an advantage, so you'll need another way to convince hiring managers that you’re interested in their field and have the skills necessary to do the job well. Your resume is critical, but know that you have endless room to build your brand on social media. For instance, focus on the content you share, write, and post. Use it to prove your drive, passion, and industry knowledge is your strong point.

Hope this will be helpful Asiyah
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Steve’s Answer

The answer isn't necessarily a yes. There's a plethora of professions that may appear to require a college degree but in reality, they don't. Attending college can certainly pave the way to numerous opportunities when job hunting, yet the power of dedication, self-learning, readiness to begin from scratch, and perseverance goes a long way in shaping a successful career. College does offer an array of advantages - a well-organized and disciplined setting, a trove of resources, networking opportunities, programs that foster job placements within top industries, highly educated individuals willing to impart their wisdom and experiences, and so much more. However, if you're highly disciplined and ready to invest in rigorous self-work, it sends a powerful message to potential employers about your commitment to go above and beyond to accomplish your goals.
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Laurie’s Answer

College is a great path for many people, but it certainly is not for everyone. Trade and vocational programs are an excellent path to lucrative careers too. A positive about these programs is they are not completely focused on classroom course work. You can have the chance to start working with a professional and get practical, hands-on work experience while also taking classes.
Many people who go into the trades earn higher salaries than people with college degrees. If you are feeling that college is not the path for you at this time, learning a trade could be a great career move. And down the road if you decide you want to earn your college degree, you can do so part-time. You are young and you have so many options. Be sure to explore all of them!
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hey there, Asiyah!

Just so you know, not every career path requires you to attend college or school. There's a wide range of jobs out there that don't need a college degree. Instead, they might need vocational training, certification programs, apprenticeships, or even just learning on the job. You've got options like electricians, plumbers, carpenters, dental hygienists, web developers, real estate agents, and so much more.

But remember, even if a college degree isn't a must for some jobs, it can still give you useful skills and knowledge that could boost your career and your earning power. Plus, there are certain jobs like doctors, lawyers, engineers, and scientists that usually need advanced degrees from recognized institutions. So, the education you need for a career really depends on what the job needs and what you want for your career.

You can find more info on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), The Balance Careers (thebalancecareers.com), and the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov) websites.

And remember, it's totally okay to ask for help when you need it! People are here to support you. And if you're a spiritual person, don't hesitate to pray for guidance too!

Take care,
JAMES.
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Atul’s Answer

Definitely not! A college degree, whether it's an associate's or a four-year undergraduate, shapes you into a well-rounded individual.
Post high school, you have the option to attend a vocational school and train to become an Electrician, Plumber, Welder, Carpenter or any other trade. While these trades don't necessarily require a college degree, having one can be beneficial.
A college degree equips you with improved communication and writing skills, along with a basic understanding of finance and accounting - all of which are key to success.
Consider the tale of the professional athlete who went pro straight after high school, only to have his agent swindle him out of his earnings.
In conclusion, while it's possible to succeed without a college degree, it's undeniably beneficial. If finances are a concern, consider attending a community or state college. Remember, it's never too late to pursue a degree - just ask the 80-year-old who decided to finish his college education and regretted not doing so earlier.
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Mahi’s Answer

No there are a lot of careers where college is not necessary. For example, you could open a business and go to trade school.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. It really depends on the career you have interest.
E.g. If you like to be a musician, you may go to attend music school. If you would like to be chef, you may attend culinary school. If you want to be a hair dresser, you may attend hair school.
Though it is not a college, it may need to attend a school to gain the specialised knowledge / skill.
Firstly, you may find out what you have interest first. Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about what you have interest, e.g. your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
E.g. If you like music, would you like to be a musician, singer, music composer, music producer, musical artist, etc.
If you have interest in maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Determine whether you should go to a college or specialised school to gain the relevant knowledge & skills
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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