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Why do some people decide to not attend college?

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Charlotte’s Answer

I personally decided not to go to College as I wasn't sure what career route I wanted to go down in the future - so how did I know what I would want to study at College.
I looked into Beauty and getting an apprenticeship, but that was difficult to get into as there were hardly any apprenticeships around.
I ended up working as an office junior when I was 16, I would cover reception and help out with Admin tasks, and I eventually worked my way up to where I am now.
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Ken’s Answer

You really do not have to go to college to be successful. Here are several links that will allow you to see some alternatives and see the questions and answers relating to the return on investment on the money spend on an education.


Should You Go To College

https://medium.com/the-mission/high-school-is-over-should-you-go-to-college-b5b6db6f6712

Value of College

https://medium.com/the-mission/the-value-of-the-college-degree-is-crashing-heres-how-to-fix-it-cd7a1e116396

My Biggest Regret: Going to College

https://medium.com/the-mission/my-biggest-regret-in-life-going-to-college-ef2068f179cf

Thank you comment icon Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school. Ken Simmons
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Kim’s Answer

There are many reasons students may decide not to attend college, ranging from financial concerns to readiness. I am working with a student now who is simply frightened by the prospect of leaving home and starting in a new place. College has been lauded as the critical next step for everyone, but it is not. You should think about your interests and what types of things you would like to do for work in your future, then consider whether college is the best path. If you are uncertain, I strongly recommend working for a year and thinking about what you want to do next. A "gap" year can be the best thing for some students as they develop a plan of action for their future. While working, you could take a class at a community college to stay engaged in your education and meet a basic future requirement for most undergraduates. Good luck!

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Pro’s Answer

Because it's TOO EXPENSIVE!!! :-/
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Simeon’s Answer

There are trade careers like plumbing, electrician, HVAC tech, and welding that you can get into without having to go to college along with some tech work you can do without a certificate. There are a lot of upsides to being able to jump into the workforce immediately without taking on any debt. Some people don't end up making a profit on their degree until they are well into their 30s depending on the amount of debt they got into to acquire their degree and the job prospects they had after college.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Amanda:

Some people decide not to attend college due to:

- Not sure what to major in/what type of profession that they want to pursue
- Thousands of dollars in student loan debt upon graduation
- Trade off of obtaining a 4 year degree to the earning potential in one's career path

College is not for everyone. Some people decide to:

- Pursue a military profession in the armed forces in order to travel and serve their country
- Pursue a trade school and obtain a skill dealing with HVAC, auto, etc. which schooling is much shorter than obtaining a 4 year degree

Success is all relative and is the result of one being focused and driven to be a productive and positive contributor.

Hope this helps and good luck in your future endeavors,
Michael
Thank you comment icon There are some students choose not to go to across the country decide not to seek higher education after high school. A number of these students have to overcome many obstacles before deciding to attend college. Some reasons students decide not to go to college are..... 1. No one in their family has gone to college; 2. They didn't do well in high school, so they think college will be too hard; 3.They don't know how to choose a college; 4. They think they won't fit in; or 5. They think they can't afford college Talk about tough barriers to overcome - and some students have to deal with all of them! Don't let your students despair - there is hope. A little patience, a few helpful hints and some research will have you and other on their way to college in no time. Bernice
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Chantel’s Answer

College is not for everyone. Many people cannot afford college even with financial aid. However, there are multiple ways to learn a trade, find yourself and be successful without a formal college education. If still in high school, I suggest asking about other options, trader school, military service or even being an entrepreneur! 

Chantel recommends the following next steps:

See article for some inspiration: https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/Inside-Chick-fil-A/Women-Who-Inspire-Us-Meet-Ashley-Derby
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