Pursuing higher education is a choice many professionals make, knowing when they go into it they’ll need to take out significant student loans, or take money from savings and time away from work to attend classes, participate in group assignments and do homework and get studying done. Most of these sacrifices of time, money and mental output are decisions that prove to be a good investment, in some areas of study. Creating a life of modest wealth generally follows the path of education, hard work, grit, and perseverance. Going for an advanced degree adds to that financial benefit that usually improves all other areas of life. The possibilities of degree paths are seemingly endless, with new options being added each year. Some consider going into traditional options such as business, science, medicine, teaching, sports, finance, zoology, pottery, acting, and other focus areas. Trade schools are making a come back, as the need for specialized and licensed professionals are in an ever-demanding and respectable paying workforce.
The world needs people in every thinkable profession and business, from electricians to doctors, business consultants to writers, veterinarians to CEOs. Architecture and design are such a professional industry that is full of bright talent and hard workers. As long as there have been humans, there’s been a need for shelter and facilities, which have evolved over the centuries as technology advances the world forward. Each new school year, students from all walks of life spend hours to apply to pursue architecture degree programs at universities across the globe. A small fraction is accepted, while the majority are denied and will need to rethink their plans and educational options. Architects are well educated in their field, very specialized, and thus generally have exceptionally planned and executed careers, whether working for themselves or a firm owned by someone else. Architects have to be a certain level of meticulousness in their personalities, as well as planful thought and consideration of the bigger picture.
Trade schools educate and train people into such fields as electricians, plumbing, HVAC, auto-mechanics, diesel mechanics, linemen, and so many more. These are far more focused on teaching skills to be used on the job, rather than degree programs that take longer to achieve and are more well-rounded in their focus. Getting a degree doesn’t mean you can necessarily perform a job, it means you’re more equipped to think about more angles and considerations in situations, and that you can stick with the longevity of a project and understand the why and history of subjects, rather than more focused and honed skills of things such as welding, repairing a busted pipe, or installed wiring schematics in a brand new house. Trade schools offer solid, respectable and exciting educational paths that are faster than degree programs, and generally into good-paying jobs, with tremendous marketability for good employees and business owners.
Regardless of your educational options ahead of you, there are needs as wide as your imagination in every field. Whether you choose to go to trade school, or opt for a degree in architecture, music, teaching, biology, pottery, literature, kinesiology, history, sports medicine, engineering or any other that peak your interest and curiosity, you can make a good life for yourself in the right market and with the right choices along the way. Choosing an education path you’re passionate about and care about will take you into exciting places along with your life’s career.