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What should I expect from a trade school experience?

Hey guys, I'm considering trade school as a post-high school path. Can anyone enlighten me about what trade school is like and how it compares to the typical college experience? I'd love some insights, especially from those who have chosen that route or know someone who has.

7 months ago

Hello! I'm glad you're exploring your options. Trade schools are typically more hands-on and focused on skill-based training compared to a traditional college education, which can be more theory-based and broad. Expect a curriculum that's designed to prepare you for a specific career, with a lot of practical learning and application.

For example, if you're going into HVAC, you'll spend time learning techniques, regulations, and even business aspects of the field. Courses are often more accelerated compared to a typical four-year college degree, and you can expect to complete most programs within two years. Trade schools offer smaller class sizes, which allows for more individualized attention.

Importantly, you'll also get a lot of career-focused advice and opportunities to connect with employers in your chosen field. One major difference is the campus life. While trade schools have a community, they typically lack the broader range of extracurricular activities and sports that universities offer.

However, if you're eager to start working and invest in a specific skill, trade school offers a direct path to employment that can be very rewarding and financially beneficial in the long run. Make sure to visit a few schools and talk directly to current students and instructors to get the best sense of the culture and opportunities each one offers. Good luck!

7 months ago

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