Everything About Trade Schools
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Getting Started With Trade Schools
Trade schools, also known as vocational schools, provide job-specific training for students who are after careers in high skills areas. Trade schools are classed as "higher-education" institutions because they are designed for students who have completed high school or the equivalent.
Whether you're currently planning your career, looking at a job change, or ready to advance your training in an area you work in already, trade school may be the perfect choice for taking you toward greater job satisfaction and a higher paying profession.
Trade schools are known for providing the specialized skills needed to gain certification in specific job markets. As you search you'll find that popular trades include automotive technicians, medical assistants, hair stylists, interior designers, electrical technicians, paralegals, truck drivers, computer-aided drafting, criminal justice, culinary, HVAC, and information technology.
Many of these trades are in high demand and provide a steady, livable or even high income to workers in the trade.
Benefits of Trade School
Trade schools are popular for good reason. For the right students, they beat out any competitive opportunity.
- If you're at your best when you learn by doing rather than by studying in a traditional classroom, trade school can help you toward your goals. Naturally, you will be in a classroom during some parts of the day, but you'll also be actively involved in your skill area whether that means construction, diesel engines, or technology.
- You'll learn from instructors who may have years of experience in your field of choice.
- Fees for trade schools are typically lower than the fees for community college or liberal arts universities.
- Whereas community college may take 2 years for completion and a traditional university may take 4-5, trade school may be finished in under a year. Faster graduation means securing a job and earning money more quickly.
- Trade schools are designed to get the students certified in their job area. For this reason, the schools arrange for you to take the tests necessary for a specified career.
Targeted job plans
- Because trade school provides a specific career direction, students graduate with targeted, high-skills qualifications. Their skills are not so broad that they are left to flounder through a number of openings that aren't quite the right fit.
Job placement assistance
- Top trade school students often have jobs secured by the last weeks or months of their training. Trade schools connect with unions and employers in the community so that students have jobs and employers have a trained work force.