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Career Training Expectations vs. Reality

    

It's time to take a hard look at career training

Many people balk at the idea of career training. Much of this comes from the history and myths that surround career and technical education. From a historical standpoint, career training was referred to as vocational/technical education, and decades ago, it was thought of as just classes or schooling for people who weren’t on a traditional college track. Of course, this put vocational/technical education in a negative light. One myth surrounding these career training programs was that they did not provide a quality education. From there, people started forming their own opinions, and not many of them were favorable. However, data surrounding the career training of today dispels many of the negative myths. As it turns out, most of these myths are completely wrong:

Myth: Career Training Results in Lower Earning Potential

It is assumed that people with career training, as opposed to a traditional college degree, earn less money. However, research from the Association for Career & Technical Education shows that 43 percent of young workers with licenses and certificates earn more than those with an associate’s degree, and 27 percent earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree. Not only that, but PC Magazine also shows that those who hold any of the 10 highest-paying certificates earn an average of well over $100,000 per year.

Fact: some, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), have the potential to earn more than $120,000 a year. Forbes states that not only do people who earn a certificate see a 13-25 percent salary increase; they also see a paycheck more quickly. Because you are not spending time, and tuition dollars, on classes that are not relevant to your career, you have the ability to finish more quickly and start earning money.

Myth: Career Training Is for People Who Can’t Cut It in College

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, career training programs are often coupled with academic tracks in secondary school, and more than 90 percent of parents are pleased with the results, according to research from Advance CTE.

Fact: the U.S. Department of Education has long been aware of the rigor and educational requirements of career training. Back in 2011, it went on record, stating, “CTE students also must have the academic skills to be able to engage in postsecondary education and training without the need for remediation.” The truth is that career training requires academic discipline. There is no preparatory work or basic-level course to get you ready. You need to step into your program with the intent to work hard and study hard.

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Myth: Career Training Is Outdated

If anything, career training is more relevant today than it ever has been. With the speed at which new technologies are introduced into the workforce, there is a growing need to constantly update your skill set. Without the solid foundation that a quality career training program provides you with, it is hard to pick up new skills and stay relevant in today’s tech fields.

Fact: the right career training program will provide you with the skills that are most in demand by employers, according to The Balance Careers:

You can see how career training puts you on the path to success.

Myth: There Are More Job Opportunities for People with Degrees

Obtaining a two- or four-year degree is an accomplishment. Furthering your education is never a bad thing, but people who participate in career training programs often have just as many opportunities as those who earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.

Fact: as Ladders shows, some majors make it tough for degree holders to find a job. The truth is that career opportunities open up for people who combine the right education with a solid skill set. If you have these, you will have an easier time finding a satisfying, well-paying career.

Most people who are looking to advance their careers, update their skill set, or find employment don’t want to waste time. They want career training that focuses on helping them achieve their goals. For them, obtaining certifications, licenses, postsecondary certificates, or even an associate’s degree in a particular field makes more sense than going down the long route of earning a traditional four-year degree. Focusing on what is important to move forward in life should be the goal, and if you are ready to take that step, then let’s talk to see how we can help.

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