Over the past two decades, the number of people attending college has more than tripled, which is incredible! For many people, attending a college or University is the best decision they’ve ever made. However, college isn’t for everyone. Recent studies have shown that nearly 25 percent of college graduates are working at a job that doesn’t require a college degree. If you’re considering not going to college, below are a few alternatives to a four-year education.
alternatives to college

1. Attend vocational school. If you’re interested in carpentry, electrical work, or welding, you may want to consider attending a tradesman or vocational school. Unlike other schools, that focus on a myriad of subjects, vocational schools concentrate on just one type of skill.

2. Start your own business. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson are just a few of the many people who chose to start a business instead of attending college, and things worked out pretty well for them! While not everyone who starts their own business will achieve their level of financial success, becoming an entrepreneur is a great way to be your own boss and do something you’re passionate about.

3. Take a few classes at a community college. Especially for those of you who aren’t too sure what you want to do, taking a few classes in a wide array of subjects can help you find what you’re interested in.

4. Start an entry level job. Even many people who do eventually go to college take a year or two off (often referred to as a “gap year”) to get real world experience. No matter what job you take, you’ll learn how to work with others, interact with customers, and budget your income.

5. Travel. Get a better understanding of the people and cultures in our world by traveling to parts unknown. Numerous studies have shown that traveling can improve your mental and physical health, enhance your creativity, and improve interpersonal skills. So pack a bag and hop on a plane!

6. Spend time volunteering. Whether you want to volunteer in your backyard or take your talents overseas, there are a number of programs that need more volunteers. AmeriCorps and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) are great options for people looking to volunteer in and out of the country.

Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Asperger’s to accomplish their life and career goals, no matter how big or small. She believes that through determination and commitment, every client has the ability to live life to their fullest potential. Call (516) 822-3150 for your first one-on-one!