As kids grow up and move through their high school years, the majority of them make plans to attend college. Some go immediately to community college and move onto earn a four year degree and others go directly to a four year school. There are a few that take time off, opt for a vocational school, or pass up higher education all together. In most cases though, this is a small minority and they are often passed over in school and during the graduation celebration. There is a misconception that kids who are smart head to college and others just drift off to failure. The truth is, many successful adults did not attend traditional four year schools. A lot of kids have no idea what they are going to college for. They are going because their teachers, parents, and peers have assumed they would go or have encouraged them to go. They may want a career in a field that does not require higher education but they are forced into it. Consider being a kid in high school who would like to work in law enforcement type atmosphere. These professionals may benefit from a college education, but will need more hands on experience than studying in the long run. A security certification or security training is going to benefit them more and cost them less than an expensive four year degree.
When kids are being encouraged to attend college, few people ask them what their dreams are. They just assume traditional college is going to be the best option instead of taking into account what education will benefit the kid.
If a high school senior wants to be a baker or a chef, attending a traditional four year college is going to take them years they could otherwise be training to cook and bake. Instead of attending a traditional college, kids with kitchen dreams can attend a culinary school for as long as they choose, and begin working in their field with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need.
If they choose to return to a traditional college in the future, it can be done while they work in their chosen field. They will have a solid career and attend college as simply a way to enrich their lives. Plus, if a kid attends a traditional university a few years into adulthood, they will be more mature and get more out of the experience.
Many students spend their time in college socializing, and their studies take a back seat to parties, dating, fraternities and sororities and other clubs. While this may be the right choice for some, other kids are more focused and ready to jump right into their career field.
Connor R. Sullivan recently studied new security certification sites online while conducting research for an article. His son is currently enrolled in a security training course and will soon receive his certification.
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