College vs.the Trades
Something to Think About if You're Graduating High School, or Not
This is a longer version of something I posted on Facebook
for one of my friends.
She just discovered she wasn't going to college
this year because she didn't have the credits.
Don't spend money on years of college unless you are highly motivated
to do one particular thing and it requires college education.
Definitely don't do it unless you've done the research, know it pays
well enough and you'll like doing it for the rest of your life.
It's easy to get burnt out on something you once loved to do after a
few years . Most people have multiple and different jobs over the years
they work. You can't look into the future so how much college tuition
and other expense money are you going to gamble on that?
If you're not absolutely sure what you want to do then the best
bet is to get your GED and look at some of the two year programs at
Santa Fe (a local community college) for something that you might like
and that would pay well. That would usually be something in the trades
and not nearly as expensive as "official" college.
We'll include medical jobs under "trades".
Another good idea is to do an apprenticeship program for one of the
trades. The electricians union in Gainesville would be one official
program, or just working for an electrician, plumber, hospital, or in
whatever trade you might like is good too. With the apprenticeship/work
for a tradesman approach you get paid and you can see how you like
doing it all day, every day.
With anything college you go into debt.
Here's the way the game works in the USA. You have you go so far in
debt by the time you get out of college that your employer can do
horrible things to you just because you will do anything to keep that
job. Many college graduates can't get work now anyway.
Many of the big corporations don't care about the USA any more. Their
biggest markets are in Asia now. Where do you think those corporations
are doing their hiring?
Skilled trades people can work every day. Even when the economy is down
and there's no new construction, there's still plenty of repair work.
Our infrastructure is falling apart here in the USA and sooner or later
it has to be fixed. Guess who gets the call when that happens?
When you have about ten years into a trade the pay is right up there.
Even if you were able to get a higher paying job due to long college
education, by the time you paid back the loans you would make more
money over your lifetime working the trades. I have friends my age
(close to 60) who are still paying off their college loans. How
much do you suppose they paid in interest on those loans over 40 years?
Thats BIG money!
That's another angle of "the game". Those who would lend you money
always tell you "Never mind how much interest, just look at how much it
will cost you every month". Yeah, right, every month...FOR THE REST OF
YOUR LIFE! Always add up how much interest you'll be paying. If that
number scares you, well, there's your clue.
Yes, girls can do the trades too. I know one not-very-big woman who is
an electrician at a nuclear plant.
So what's it going to be?
Gamble tens or maybe hundreds of thousands on something in the future
you're not even sure you'll like?
Pay years of your salary in interest?
Lose your independence and have to work for jerks forever because you
have to pay back all that debt?
Go a little bit in debt spending a couple years in a community college
learning a trade, then get a paycheck.
Get paid now, get hands on experience, and find out if you like the
work before you've committed years and lots of money to it?
P.S. More on the same topic...
This one's a screamer. The language is rough and the
wisdom/intelligence is deep.
This is John Carlton, one of the best copywriters ever:
Stop Being a Wuss
Check out some of his other stuff on that blog. He's a terriffic writer
Some of that Hemmingway stuff must have rubbed off on him during his
tenure in the keys.