Selecting a New York Trade School
Are you a high school graduate who has decided that college just isn't for you? Or maybe, you've been let go from
your job and feel that a career change is in order. Or perhaps, you're bored at work at there's something else you
would rather be doing for 40 hours each week.
A trade school can be the answer to helping you make that relatively quick career decision.
Trade schools, unlike colleges, focus on simply getting you prepared for a new career. You won't have to bother
with course work that is unrelated to your job. There are a number of skill areas that can be taught in a trade school
environment. Areas such as automotive repair or technician, hair stylist, paralegal, medical assistant, truck driver,
bartender, culinary, computer are all viable skilled jobs that require training or certification. There are other areas as
Before enrolling in any trade school (also known as vocational school), it's important to do the following:
- Know your interests ahead of time. All skill and interest sets are different. This is an important decision and though guidance can be helpful, it needs to feel right to you.
- Are there jobs in the area that you are interested in? Check out the Craigs List or the classifieds to see how many jobs are being posted. Call on a few of the jobs and ask the employer about the skill set they would be looking for. Make sure the school you ultimately select provides the proper training you will need.
- If possible, spend a day at the school and sit in on classes. Speak to the teachers. Find out about their credentials? Do they or have they worked in the field?
- Inspect the equipment you will be working with at the school. Is it state-of-the art or is it outdated?
- What is the program's success rate? Do a large percentage of students complete the program? Do the ones that complete find jobs in their field? How long did it take them to find a job and what was the average starting salary?
- How will they help you find a job after you graduate?
- See if you can get some names and contact information of recent graduates. Contact them and find out about their experience at the school.
- Fully understand the program costs including books, equipment, lab fees, and uniforms? Are there any extra fees? Is financial aid available? Scholarships?
- Ask for the names and phone numbers of the school's licensing and accrediting organizations. Check with these organizations to find out whether the school is current on its license and accreditation. Accreditation can be the difference between you finding a job or joining the ranks of the unemployed.
To finance your trade school training program, you may apply for financial aid through the school's financial aid
program. If you take out a loan, be sure you read the agreement and understand the terms. Will you be able to
comfortably make the payments assuming you earn the average income of students coming out of the school?
Also, it's important to understand that you're responsible for paying off the loan whether or not you complete the