I will be graduating from high school soon, and because of the economic times of uncertainty, it feels that I am being forced to make decisions immediately regarding my future as far as my career is concerned. You might say that I am one of those students who doesn’t particularly care for sitting in a classroom all the time, and I can hardly wait until I graduate. However, I do know that my education is not yet finished and I have to decide whether I want to continue on and go to a college or university or would I rather attend a technical school such as The Art Institute or Devry University where I could just focus on the training that I would need for my particular job interest which is that of a technician, either a Lab Tech or an Ekg Tech.
Because of the changing times, many people think that going to a university is the best decision because they feel that a university degree has more value than one from a technical college. In fact, according to one statistic university graduates will earn $1 million more than those lesser educated graduates. But in fact, through my research I have learned that students are going deeper and deeper into debt while trying to obtain their degrees and many find job prospects scarce, under paid or completely nonexistent upon graduation.
I also found out that many university majors are very unclear as to what the job outcome for a particular degree will be. For instance even though a Bachelor of Arts degrees are very common today they no longer mean what they used to. In addition to that degree, you also need a Masters or even a PhD, which means extra years and extra cost associated with education.
On the other hand, technician schools or vocational schools will teach you the skills that you need for your chosen career which can last anywhere from six months to 2 years, depending on your career choice while large universities and colleges can take anywhere from 4 to 8 years! That’s quite a big difference in more ways then one, especially financially speaking. There is no need to take additional optional classes to fill out your curriculum. Also there is a big chance that you can attend a technical college without having to get a student loan, because their prices are so much less than that of a college or university.
Also keep in mind that graduation from a technical college does not prohibit you from career advancements. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who graduate from technical colleges often advance because of the strength of their job performance rather than because of their educational background. In fact, it is very common for an employee who has graduated from a technical college to advance into the same position as someone with a bachelor’s degree in a technical field.
So while working in a technical field, keep in mind that you always need to keep abreast of technical advances, and so therefore continuing education is a requirement. This could mean obtaining a technical certification program or the pursuit of a more advanced degree. In fact, some employers will offer to pay your tuition for you to go on to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a university.
So my advise would be to take into consideration the cost, the end results and what you will achieve for the time and effort you put into which ever school you decide upon and most of all be sure and choose wisely. As for me, I choose a technical school!