By Deva Dalporto
For some students, college just isn’t the right fit. But as their teacher, you still have a desire to guide them in the right direction so that they can live successful, fulfilling lives. Here are 4 alternatives to going to college you can share with your non-college bound pupils.
- Start a Business: For entrepreneurial students, starting his or her own business may be a great path to take. Many people who didn’t go (or dropped out) of college have become wildly successful. Not that we’re saying your student is bound to become the next Steve Jobs … but you never know.
- Get Artsy: If you have students who are particularly gifted in the arts, pursuing a career in acting, music, fine arts, photography, or graphic arts may be the perfect plan for them. Perhaps they should head to Hollywood instead of university.
- Join the Armed Forces: Enlisting in the army, navy, or air force can be a great path for some students. They gain invaluable life experiences, the pride of protecting our country and develop real, valuable skills they can parlay into jobs later in life. And, should the student decide to go to college at a later date, he or she can take advantage of the G.I. bill and go for free!
- Go to Trade School: Learning and perfecting a trade is a wonderful alternative to university. The world is always in need of excellent plumbers, electricians, chefs, etc. For students who are practical and looking to earn a good salary soon after high school, vocational school can be a great option.
Be an Apprentice: An apprenticeship is a great alternative to college. As an apprentice, one learns the tricks of the trade from a master with the hopes of mastering the skill as well. And added bonus, many apprenticeships pay! That means your students will learn and make money at the same time. It’s a win, win!