Alternative Education Options Other than University

Happy end of June! Which means that not only is 2018 half over (yikes!), but also that its graduation season.

With the excitement of finishing school to move on to the next adventure, I think there’s a lot of pressure to maintain a certain image by going to a prestigious school or having a particular career path. But there are so many pathways to “success” and ultimately it’s dependant on your definition. Here are just a few options to look at if you are looking for alternative education options to start or change your career – without paying the price of a 4 year school.

Must-Ask Questions Before Investing In A University Major/Career Path

It’s not just about the money and job market. With the fast paced changes, building a flexible and adaptable career can make all the difference.

Like most investments, investing in an education to a career path, requires a lot of research. But financials and job markets are only a part of the research.

So here are 8 key questions (bolded throughout) you need to ask yourself before investing in a career path (including what I think is the most overlooked section – lifestyle!).

Create A “No Debt” Graduation Plan

While education is the one of the most valuable things you can invest in, it’s almost one of the most costly. And there is a line that makes it not worth it. So how did I manage to pay off my student debt before I graduate? A lot of work.

There’s no glamorous way to say it, but it’s possible and the sooner you start, the better. To start here is how much paid for my degree:

How To Turn Your Internship to A Job Offer

I’ve literally worked dozens of temporary positions and almost always, I’ve had a continuous extension or job offer afterwards. Currently, I work for the government. I started in a contract position and, in less than a year, was offered permanent, full-time, with full benefits.

Even when I was in temp pools and job hopping, I never went a day without work and I quickly learned that these are the skills and initiatives employers are looking for.