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Old 01-25-2019, 08:03 AM
 
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For the record, I am 24 and like most, I have thought about college but there are a number of concerns:

1. I don't like school as it is and never did well in high school and barely graduated as it is.
2. I have heard so many stories of people spending tens of thousands of dollars on a degree to either never use it or barely get anything.
3. I don't like the thought of having to spend so much money on it when, even with a lower paying jobI could be spending it on a lot more fun stuff instead. Imagine I did get a degree, but still got a job that may be better than minimum wage but it would be off set by having to spend a huge chunk of my paycheck for the next several years.
Have you considered researching the certificate programs that often are available at your local college? You may be able to obtain a certificate in a field that interests you in just months. Go to the web page of your chosen college and look at continuing education or certificate areas in links or menu.

Also, research Tech colleges near you. There are several interesting programs that a person could do within a 2 year program....or less in some fields.

Often you can go to your local job service and do a career choices course or testing to see where your aptitude and interest are.

Do not let anyone make you feel forced into a typical degree college. That is the great thing about todays world....we do not all have to fit into the same box. Explore your options thoroughly and make the most informed decision that you can.....after all it is your money and your time. Spend it wisely for your best future.


There are several aptitude and career tests offered online, too many for me to list, so I just listed a couple examples. Research them using the words "career test" "aptitude" "career strengths"and choose your preference. Again, they should also be available free locally at your job service.

Don't overlook on the job training situations....as well as apprenticeships that may be available. Apprentice programs for your local area can be found listed on your Dept. of Labor website for your State. Basically I'm suggesting that you may have many options available including but not limited to school. Be proactive about researching and finding your opportunities.

And, do not overlook simply going into a business that interest you and asking about possible on the job training. Many business owners look for self-starter type employees who are focused and dependable.

Good luck

DOL:
https://department-of-labor.itsmycar...30VBG&src=bing

Career interest link examples:
http://www.career-tests-guide.com/ca...est-tests.html
http://www.careerkey.org/professiona...inventory.html
https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test

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Old 01-25-2019, 09:44 AM
 
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As I said, I was just talking about the job in and of itself. Of course I wouldn't like any of the other stuff.
I'm afraid you missed out on those good paying factory jobs, wrong generation. Still you can seek out union and government jobs.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm afraid you missed out on those good paying factory jobs, wrong generation. Still you can seek out union and government jobs.
Wow. I'm reading this post as someone advocating for setting a low bar for ones life.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:10 AM
 
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Wow. I'm reading this post as someone advocating for setting a low bar for ones life.

How so?
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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How so?
Why the suggestions of union or government work? There are a ton of industries, private and/or non union that have jobs for folks without a degree.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Carrienetro View Post
For the record, I am 24 and like most, I have thought about college but there are a number of concerns:

1. I don't like school as it is and never did well in high school and barely graduated as it is.
2. I have heard so many stories of people spending tens of thousands of dollars on a degree to either never use it or barely get anything.
3. I don't like the thought of having to spend so much money on it when, even with a lower paying jobI could be spending it on a lot more fun stuff instead. Imagine I did get a degree, but still got a job that may be better than minimum wage but it would be off set by having to spend a huge chunk of my paycheck for the next several years.
I hear you that you donít like school/college and I agree thatís not for everyone. However I donít see you as having a plan to succeed financially, like alternatively going into the armed service, getting a trade or civil service job.
You have the ability now to buss tables and or other manual labor but itís really going to suck when your 65 and then retiring, (thatís if you can) and collecting a meager social security check.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Why the suggestions of union or government work? There are a ton of industries, private and/or non union that have jobs for folks without a degree.
It is a suggestion, as others have made, not sure how it is a low bar to for a non college grad to work a high paid union job with security and good benefits.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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It is a suggestion, as others have made, not sure how it is a low bar to for a non college grad to work a high paid union job with security and good benefits.
Unions rarely require previous experience or a degree for their entry level positions unless you're a pilot.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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We weren't even allowed to graduate with a 1.4 GPA. Technically, per class, a "D" or 1.0 was passing, however, our cumulative, unweighted GPA had to be 2.0 by the end of our last semester to receive a diploma and walk across the stage.

I was a 2.9 unweighted. "Some college" (I don't put it on my resume) and I made $124k last year at 29 years old. I'd say I'm pretty content.
Great story! It might be helpful to the OP, if you could share what field you got into, and how you got your start in it. Congratulations!
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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Great story! It might be helpful to the OP, if you could share what field you got into, and how you got your start in it. Congratulations!
2010 - tech support for a VoIP phone company, $11/hr
2011 - supervisor for aforementioned, $28k/yr
2012 - company change for network operations center at a reseller for local telephone company, $17/hr
2015 - company change for lineman at the actual local telephone company, $25/hr - $32/hr
2018 - position change for lead engineer calling upon my experience of the end-to-end knowledge of the phone system (backbone to central office to customer premises), $42/hr + overtime + 10% shift differential + 10% annual bonus
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