By the time you are in high school, you’re probably thinking about and feeling pressure to decide if you’re going to attend college, what schools you want to apply to, what careers you’re interested in, etc. Regardless of what your secondary education or career plans may be, vocational classes could be beneficial.
What are vocational classes? Vocational classes are designed to teach you specific skills in a trade or in preparation for college. If your post-high school plans don’t include college and you want to enter a specific industry, you should consider taking some non-academic vocational classes that can help prepare you for the skills you would need to be successful by focusing on real-world, hands-on skills. If you do plan on attending college, you can take vocational classes that still focus in a specific subject area and help prepare you for the type of coursework you will encounter in college.
Why take vocational classes? Again, if you are not planning on attending college, vocational classes may be one of the only ways to learn helpful skills and earn on-the-job experience. And if you are planning on attending college, vocational classes will also help introduce you to the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of your chosen field, so you can really find out whether or not a career in that area is something you would enjoy.
Additionally, besides giving you the opportunity t explore different fields and decide which you enjoy the most, vocational classes can be added to your resume. This will show potential employers that you have taken the initiative to better yourself, become educated on a subject you are interested in and already have applicable skills for the jobs you may be seeking. Taking vocational classes in high school could help you stand apart from the crowd when job hunting.
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