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Ellis Vallot

After you finish high school, you can go on to college, or you can learn a trade. College is usually the ideal choice for high school graduates, but you do need to know that it's not the only choice. Also, the reality is that not everyone is suited to college life, and that's okay. Your future isn't over just because you didn't go to college. Going to trade school is a good alternative, and one that will also give you a good future.

Other than that, though, why should you go to trade school?

You want to focus more on the skills you need to learn

In college, you'll take about two years of general education classes, as well as other electives. While this is a good learning experience, and there's nothing wrong with learning things other than your major, you may prefer to focus more on classes related to your chosen career. In trade school, all the classes you'll take will be related to the job you want to have in the future.

You need a flexible schedule

If you're working full time, or you're raising a family, or both, you may need to have a more flexible schedule when it comes to your classes. Trade schools often take this into account and thus have more flexible schedules to accommodate your other priorities. You can take classes at night, on the weekends, and even online.

You want hands-on training

If you want to get a head start on your career, it's best to learn the skills you need while still at school. In trade school, you'll have hands-on training so you'll get an idea of what you'll be doing in the future, and you'll actually learn a trade through real-world applications. In some programs, you might even spend more time on hands-on training than in a classroom. Some jobs also prefer candidates who had training in trade school, because they already have a good idea of how the job works.

You can get a job sooner

College takes at least four years before you can start your career. Meanwhile, you can matriculate out of trade school such as Lamson Institute in two years or less. That means you can start your career sooner. If you think that you need to start earning as soon as possible, trade school is a good choice. Once you learn a trade, you're already off to a good and early start.