If you want to work on retooling in another vocation, for example becoming an HVAC tech or a plumber, you have options. There are a lot of different things you could be doing now that would be better than what you’re working at. Jobs need to change sometimes or you just get stuck in a rut.
Before you get another job, be careful about who you talk to about your plans. You don’t want to tell a coworker who could then tell your boss what you’re planning on doing. You want to look for another career during your free time away from work and you want to make sure you have work in the meantime so don’t go around bragging to people that you are going to be making more money soon or anything like that. It can be exciting to change up your career, but try to keep the excitement contained until you for sure have a new job lined up.
Figure out if the company you’re going to work for has a lot of ways for you to move up in it. You don’t want to get in on the ground floor of a company only to stay there and be more miserable than you were at your last job. Figure out what your options are for advancement in the company by doing some research and by asking if you’re in an interview with someone from the company. If it takes too long to move up or you can’t really get a better position than the one you’re being offered, you may want to go elsewhere.
The pay is going to have to be better if you’re ditching one job for another. If, however, you are going to make less at first but can move up to make more, that is okay as well. Just don’t go to a place where you’re going to get stuck getting paid less for your time there because then it wouldn’t make sense to move to that new job. There are a lot of careers you can get into so don’t give up hope and keep searching until the right opportunity makes itself apparent.
Retooling in another vocation is a good idea if you feel like you’re stuck in the same spot for a long time in your career. If you’re working somewhere where you just can’t advance, then it’s time to find another job that has more opportunities.
Is college for everyone? How many times have you heard that question? The answer is no, college is not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t all kinds of opportunities for continued education. Vocational school is one of them. This type of school trains students to take on a specific vocation or career upon graduation. Vocational training after high school can get students in the workplace faster and in careers that they enjoy and that pay well, too.
It has long been a misconception that a person must go to college in order to get a decent career and make a living. The truth is and has always been much more complicated than that. After all, not everyone that earns a degree lands a dream job, and remember, Steve Jobs did start Apple in a garage as a college dropout.
My personal experience can also shed light on this subject. First, let me say that college is all about the experience and the education leading to growth and opportunities. It’s not about getting a piece of paper and immediately taking on a career. That is so robotic, and it’s not always how life works. Yes, there are those that get degrees with specific jobs in mind for sure, but there are just as many, if not more, that don’t.
To add, vocational training after high school does lead to a specific occupation. Now let me digress once more to add my personal experience. I did graduate from college, but get a load of this. I tacked on a teacher’s certification to my degree in English Lit to give me a career. After some life events, opportunities and all kinds of things, I gave up teaching and subsequently started a writing career. Writing had always been a passion of mine, hence the English degree. The climate for going into business as a writer was right, and I did.
You are thinking about what is right for you, and you need the right education and experience to help get you there. Is vocational school the right thing for you? These days, college can be so expensive. People don’t want to be loaded with debt. They want to work, support a family and save for retirement. To each his own when it comes to vocational school vs college, but those two choices aren’t even close to your only options. Decide what’s right for you and move forward towards your goals.