Have you been asking yourself which college to attend? Have you ever wondered about the real difference between a vocational (career) college and a traditional university? There are many points of reference available, but it really all comes down to one question. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
Five differences between vocational schools/career colleges and traditional universities
In general, career colleges teach you skills that you can apply to a specific vocation. Universities teach you theory, critical thinking, and analysis in addition to some hands-on information.
Career college programs are shorter–usually less than one and up to two years–than programs at universities, which are a minimum of two to four years.
On average, entry-level earnings are a bit higher for those who hold at least a bachelor’s degree as opposed to those with diplomas from career colleges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 individuals with a bachelor’s degree had a median weekly income of $1,025, while those with an associate degree earned $761.
University tends to be more expensive than career colleges.
Graduates of career colleges usually are in an excellent position to land an entry-level position, while university graduates may have better access to higher-level jobs.
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT COLLEGE IS BEST
Career colleges are highly valuable, especially for those students who know exactly what profession they want to work in and don’t have the desire or time for theoretical academic work.
Career colleges are relatively short and offer employment opportunities in practical fields such as health care or technology. University is ideal for those students who want to immerse themselves in academic life and whose goal is to enter the professional working life upon graduation.
The main issue to remember is that career colleges teach students a particular vocation or profession, while universities usually don’t.
For instance, having a university degree in business doesn’t make you a businessperson, while having a college diploma as a dental assistant DOES make you a dental assistant.
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you have a specific profession in mind?
If yes, does this profession require a university degree?
Are you interested in independent academic research, critical thinking and learning for its own sake?
Do you have the time and/or financial resources to attend a three or four-year program?
Both universities and college diplomas offer solid educational opportunities and credentials that can prepare you for the job market.
The right choice depends on you and your career goals.
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