Going to a four (or more) year college comes as a natural or automatic choice for most people upon high school graduation. This decision is motivated by a number of reasons; for some, obtaining a bachelor’s degree will generate higher income in future, for others it is a stepping stone.
Recently, due to the many stumbling blocks associated with getting a college degree, more people prefer a trade or vocational training institution. Vocational institutions come along with a number of advantages compared to a classic college but first we will look at these stumbling blocks.
DRAWBACKS TO COLLEGE EDUCATION
LENGTH: A bachelor’s degree in most countries is typically four years, though it may vary. In addition, a four-year program makes you take classes that are not related to your chosen major in order to fulfill credit requirements. These extra classes are not necessarily helpful to the chosen major and can be considered a waste of time.
HIGH COST: Compared to vocational schools, college education is relatively more expensive. In some countries, students take loans to pay for tuition and find themselves still repaying the loans years after graduation. Additional college expenses added up to this too like dorming or renting, food and other needs.
DROPOUT RATE: Four years (varies) of undergraduate studies isn’t for everyone. Some people start off college quite alright but dropout in the long run. Not only have the incurred all the expenses of college education but they left with basically nothing, not even the degree itself.
ADVANTAGES OF A VOCATIONAL/TRADE SCHOOL
PRICE OF TRAINING: Trade schools are relatively less expensive compared to college education. The need to take a loan is not very present and if it is, it’s not as high as compared to that of college education considering the fact that tuition is lower.
JOB SECURITY: Most of the jobs you will get from a vocational institution are difficult to export to let’s say another country. For example, it is easier to export computer programing work than it is to export tailoring work or electrical work, as it requires a physical presence.
In a nutshell it can be said that even though vocational school graduates are limited in opportunities to continue education, a traditional four-year college is not suited for everyone as it is expensive and not adapted to all learning styles. It’s important to know what works best for you.