Why do some people decide to not attend college?
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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.
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,
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
Value of College
My Biggest Regret: Going to College
Kim Eldred, MS
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!
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!
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