posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 09:28 PM
Many options to not going post secondary.
For one you can decide to get into a trade. You can get into 90% of any job that is a certified trade as an apprentice most of the time without even a
high school diploma. As long as you are somewhat handy you can be hired by most companies as an apprentice in pretty mcuh whatever field you desire.
A trade is a more stable line of work than business and service sectors as more dont rely on the markets to survive. Most trades will earn you a 60k -
100k pay and you also save a ton of money by slowly becoming a do-it-youselfer. Some trades require a pre-trade training course which are offered at
but are not exclusive to post-secondary institutions.
List of trades
Also things that are also considered trades. Some of these depends on where you live.
You can also start researching companies for entry level positions. Some companies are willing to hire high school graduates for simple entry level
positions. These companies have interrnal hiring systems that allow you to "move up" and be trained in different areas of work and rise through the
ranks of the company with seniority. Some example of companies that do this are shipping and mailing companies, communications companies (you can work
as a technician for a telco making $20+ an hour with a high school diploma), some corporate business entities, and of course many jobs in the
manufacturing sector. Find out which line of work suits you and then ask around and see what places will high without college.
Things to remember:
1. Its not always about the money. Some jobs that pay more are sometimes the most boring or the most frustrating. Many people who make good money are
depressed because of their jobs and some have no life because of it.
2. It takes just as long to move up the ladder with a trade or entry level job to making the good money and to getting the best jobs as it does to
complete a post secondary course and starting somewhere requiring post secondary education.
3. Most people strike out their first time in college. I got through 2 years of college with a loan and all it cost me to pay back is 10000. People
who make multiple attemps or take the 4 year courses (not necessary to obtain work) are the ones who end up paying 40k, also university(useless unless
you want to be a teacher or MD or Psyc) will do this.
4. If you attend college stay away from any course that says GENERAL in the title. These are not diploma courses and will only land a job at Micky
D's. Example: General Arts and Science.
This will give you more info :Useless college majors
[edit on 08/6/12 by metaldemon2000]