College is a wonderful next-step for many high school grads, homeschooled or otherwise. But what about also exploring careers that DON’T require a college degree?
Careers That Don’t Require College
I am the child of a university classics professor. My first full-time job was in an office on that same campus. I have a step-son who just finished his dental residency after many years of hard work on his undergraduate and professional school degrees. I have a step-daughter who earned her RN after completing a two-year Associates Degree nursing program. I have a daughter who is about to begin her final semester of student teaching so that she will graduate with her BA in Elementary Education and Deaf Studies. I have a son who finished high school homeschool a year earlier than we originally planned because he is so motivated to get started on his college classes this fall.
I am a HUGE FAN of college for young adults who should go to college.
I am also a college drop-out myself. I’m married to a college drop-out who works in industrial chemistry as a lab technician and has done very well providing for all of us with a career he truly finds deeply rewarding. I have a step-son and a son who work full-time in different applications of the banking industry, and neither of them earned a college degree. I have a son who earned his barber license while still in high school who works full time in his field.
What can be learned from all of this, besides the obvious fact that I have a large family?
There are solid careers that don’t require college.
Exploring these career options while your teen is still in high school may save a lot of money and stress that can be wasted on a poorly-chosen college enrollment.
Not long ago, iHomeschool Network hosted a hangout, and you can see the video of it, “College Alternatives for Homeschoolers” on their YouTube channel. It was full of insightful discussion, and their special guest was T.K.Coleman from discoverpraxis.com. This was my first look at Praxis, and while I have no personal experience with them, I was very impressed with their vision and with T.K.’s helpful participation in the hangout. (Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I have no connection to Praxis or T.K. Coleman. I am simply passing along a resource some homeschoolers may find interesting.)
Here are some careers that provide a true living-wage and do not typically require college education. (Trade school is helpful in some of these fields.) This is by no means a comprehensive list! Can you add to it and help us all have more options to explore regarding careers that don’t require college?
Industrial Machine Repair
Wholesale Sales Rep
Construction Equipment Operator
Sewage Plant Operator
Heavy Trucks Driver
Here’s a short video about options after high school – for kids of ALL types!