Do You Need A College Education To Be Successful? – The Tech Edvocate

Today, a college degree is a big deal, and most people highly regard it as a standard measure for future success. However, this wasn’t the case in previous years because you could get a decent job and raise a family without stepping inside a lecture hall. Unfortunately, a lot has changed since then.
As more students choose to go to college after high school, you’ll be forgiven to think that it’s the right decision. However, there are many paths you can follow besides college to guarantee a comfortable life after high school. You have heard about college dropouts who went on to start multi-million dollar entities like Steve Jobs. 
While the few ultra-successful dropouts are an exception to the rule, you can still model your life with their principles to realize a prosperous non-college career. Some of the qualities of individuals like Bill Gates are patience, self-drive, and an insatiable craving for success. You don’t need to go to college to develop these traits. Moreover, there are multiple avenues to follow to guarantee a decent career and a successful life after high school.
Trade Schools
Learning a craft is a guaranteed means of getting employed. You can learn different trades in a vocational school like welding and woodworking. The upside of a trade school is that it is affordable, and you’ll take less time before entering the job market. Additionally, the different crafts will serve you for long as the skills are always in demand.
Become an Entrepreneur
One disadvantage of going to college is that most people graduate with a mountain of student debt that hurts their credit score. Evidently, they won’t be getting a loan if they want to start to fund a startup. On the other side, if you don’t go to college, you won’t have this problem. While startups are risky, you can mitigate some threats using your perfect credit score.
The Army
The military is perfect for those looking to best serve their country. Army jobs are highly regarded as the personnel are discipline and highly accountable in everything they do. Moreover, there are tons of opportunities to advance your career if you are in uniform.
Community College
Before heading to college, most students are unsure about their preferred course of action in life. Community college is an ideal way to streamline your goals before taking the leap of faith. You can learn different skills in your nearby institution affordably and go on to gain meaningful job experience.
Become an Apprentice
If you are looking to learn a trade, vocational training and apprenticeship are the best ways to do so. However, if you start as an apprentice, you’ll be in a better position to secure gainful employment. Also, as you learn on the job, you’ll get an allowance, unlike during a college semester when you rack up a sizeable debt. 
You can also consider volunteering at a charitable organization to learn various skills. These entities draw multiple professionals who offer tutorship to volunteers. Furthermore, the skills are useful once you are done with the organization.
There are different ways to achieve success without a college degree, even though it is touted as a gold-standard formula. Most of the alternative methods involve seeking marketable skills. Nevertheless, as the job market is evolving, the college system will equally adapt to give students the right tools to succeed in employment.
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