September 5, 2016
Back to School: Choosing an Alternative to a Traditional Full-Time College
With summer coming to an end, many students are returning to school for the start of another academic year. However, if you haven’t made plans to enroll in a college or university program for the upcoming school year, then you may be feeling a bit left out—especially as you watch your friends move away to their dorms for the year. In reality, however, a traditional four-year degree program at a college or university isn’t for everybody, and for a number of reasons.
Traditional Colleges: Not for Everybody
First of all, there’s the inherent costs involved with attending a traditional four-year college or university. For a Bachelor’s degree alone (which typically takes 4-5 years to complete), most students these days are graduating with more than $30,000 in student loan debt. And with interest rates on student loans being at their current rates, graduating with $30,000 in debt often means paying back closer to $50,000 or more over the course of the next decade. For this reason alone, many people make the decision that a traditional degree program isn’t for them because they don’t want to graduate with so much debt—and that’s wise.
Furthermore, there’s always the possibility that what you aspire to do with your future career simply doesn’t require a Bachelor’s degree or higher. There are still many jobs and specific trades these days that don’t require more than a certification or Associate’s degree, so why spend more time in school than needed?
Alternative Higher Education Options
The good news is that if you’ve decided that a traditional four-year degree program isn’t right for your lifestyle, budget, or career goals, you still have plenty of other options worth exploring. The key is to begin by determining what type of career you see yourself in; what are your goals? What are your specific interests?
Many people find that learning a skilled trade, such as how to cut and style hair, can be extremely useful. These days, there is a high demand for barbers, beauty experts, and stylists. If you’re the type of person who enjoys staying up-to-date on hair and/or makeup trends in addition to helping others look and feel their best, why not explore a career as a stylist, makeup artist, or barber?
There are a number of educational programs in this field that you can complete in as little as a year, which means you’ll be working in your field sooner and you’ll graduate with far less student loan debt than you would with a typical four-year degree program at a larger college.
If you’re interested in a career in this field, why not explore your options with local beauty and barber schools? Many programs offer last-minute enrollment, so it’s never too late to get on the path to a successful and rewarding career.