If you have just completed your high school education, you may be wondering what to do next. Don’t worry about having these feelings of doubt or fear. Many young people are feeling the same way. You may be weighing between the options of going to college, pursuing technical programs or going straight into the job market. The latter can prove tricky especially with the prevailing times in the world economy.
Many young people are pushed by their parents to join Career College not considering other available options or their personal interests. Some people opt to study at career colleges because they are prestigious. Career College is not for everyone. If you feel you can’t find anything in a career college that interests you, but still feel you would like to undergo some training for your dream career, you should take a closer look at technical programs.
Technical programs are designed to train the students for a specific trade or vocation. The list of technical programs offered by trade and vocational schools is almost endless. This list however does not include liberal arts subjects such as philosophy. Examples of fields that are available as technical programs include aviation, fashion design, photography, computer design, electronics, mechanics and many more.
Technical programs are usually offered as short courses. There are however, some institutions that offer technical programs that run for as much as four years. The credentials awarded for completed technical programs include certificates, diplomas, associate and bachelor degrees.
Many schools require applicants for technical programs to have completed their high school education successfully. There are some schools that will make exceptions for individuals with special circumstances such as several years of relevant work experience, though this does not happen often.
Technical programs are run in a similar fashion as programs run in career colleges and universities. There is class work, practical lessons such as field work or lab work and an apprenticeship. Although technical programs are similar in many ways to other programs there are several features that make students prefer to undertake this form of study as opposed to attending a career college.
One advantage of technical programs is that they are directed towards a specific trade or vocation. Your training will be directed towards a specific trade. There will be no extra courses or general units. If you are considering any of the numerous technical programs available, you should be sure of the type of work you want to do later.
A second advantage of technical programs is that most of the training involves practical work. You will get an opportunity to understand and experience the trade your training for as it is in the real world. You also get the chance to go through a period of apprenticeship which gives you practical work experience. If you use your apprenticeship period wisely, you can make crucial contacts that can help you get a job later or even impress your employers enough for them to offer you employment after receiving your award at the completion of your studies.