High-school graduates have a world of options open to them. You might go directly into college, pursue a post-graduate degree, or choose a trade school. The real world is at your doorstep, however, with unlimited potential for making money and building a career.
Because a high-school diploma can be limiting in certain job industries, going to a college is an ideal transition for many. If you make the decision to pursue higher education, should you choose a technical school or a standard university? The answers are different for every person. Explore your options so you can find the right track for your career.
Attending College or a University
A university or standard college gives you an opportunity to explore different subjects. You take general-education classes before focusing on your actual major. If you’re not sure about a particular field, working through a university might be a good choice.
At MFCP, we have a wide bucket of majors our team has studied, including:
- Computer science
- Civil engineering
- Business management
After (typically) four years, you graduate with a bachelor’s degree that can be applied in many fields. A drawback to attending a university, however, is the time (and often financial) commitment. Four years is a long time to be in school and missing out on a full-time job, and many have student loans to pay off afterward.
Considering Technical College
As an alternative, technical college is a possibility. These schools are completely different from the standard university. You might be interested in being a repair technician for specific products or equipment, for example. A technical school gives you the skills for focused industries instead of a general education.
Technical colleges vary in length, such as requiring 18 months or three years of your time. You come out with a two-year degree or certification in a particular field. Apply for a position at an appropriate company, and you’re making a good living in no time.
Understanding Who is Hiring
As you decide between your schooling choices, be thoughtful about the industry that you’d like to eventually work in. A company that specializes in vendor-managed inventory may also sell and service hardware components. You might enter a business class, including environmental policy, and end up in a technology sector.
Most technology companies are expanding to include hardware, software and intellectual properties. You may not work with your hands like an engineer, but you have clear visions of the future.
Focus your interests and talents on one major while keeping certain employers in mind as graduation approaches. Working as an intern at a desired company can turn into employment with either a technical or four-year degree.
Pricing Your Education
There is a cost factor hidden within each schooling choice. In most cases, you’ll spend more money on a four-year degree in comparison to a technical accreditation.
Several factors impact the schooling’s price, such as:
- Time spent in class
- Subject matter being offered
- Institution’s reputation
You must calculate if you can afford the price of your education and pay back any loans after the fact. The overall goal should be to make a good living without too much debt attributed to your name.
Looking at Future Earnings
When you spend four years at a university, the payoff is a lucrative paycheck when you’re hired afterward. Technical colleges offer a good living, but they don’t always provide a degree to the graduates. Being an accredited graduate from a certified institution may be the reward.
Many technical-college graduates find a solid career and build upon it with a four-year degree earned later on in life. Your future earnings will soar as a result of your efforts. More education simply gives you ample opportunities for promotions as you show your worth off to an employer.
When you’re interested in a career with countless opportunities, consider reaching out to our team. We are an eclectic collection of workers from every facet of the industry. From mechanical to hydraulic systems, our products support our customers while fascinating our sales and service employees.