5 Benefits of Choosing a Vocational School

Eric Xu - Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Guest blog post by Viktor Zdraveski

When choosing a career, there’s one important fact you have to keep in mind: college isn’t for everyone. 

So, before you go for the most popular education option, you should take some time to evaluate the alternatives. If you can’t see yourself spending 4 years in school or if your dream is to become a paralegal, business analyst, nurse, computer technician, medical assistant, accountant, or artist, a vocational degree may be the perfect choice for you. 

Are you still hesitant about choosing a vocational school? Here are the top 5 benefits that will help you make up your mind.


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1. Applicable Job Skills

People who attend a vocational school are ready to accept a job right after graduation. 

Traditional colleges rely on theoretical frameworks and equip students with general skills. There’s little career guidance, as well as limited interaction with employers or career services. 

Vocational schools, on the other hand, are focused on preparing the future workforce with applicable job skills. Many vocational schools partner with employers in the industry to offer externship programs and practical training which involves real-life equipment and examples. This way, the school allows students to gain experience, preparing them for a seamless transition.

Vocational school graduates don’t have to think about what they’re going to do after they’ve completed their education. They have already decided what they want to do in life and after spending about two years in vocational school, they can immediately join a specific trade. 

2. High Graduating Rates

A vast majority of the students who enroll in traditional colleges don’t end up graduating in the four-year window. In fact, according to Complete College America, most college students manage to complete their bachelor’s degree in 6 year., 

Students at vocational schools graduate at much higher rates, with only 2% of them failing to obtain a degree within the predicted duration. 

The prospect of getting a job almost immediately after graduation seems to be a strong motivating factor for students. A vocational school graduate can begin earning immediately and, if they have a student loan, they can start repaying it right away. In addition, vocational programs are shorter (most of them take 2 years to complete), which encourages maximum performance and focus. 

3. Bright Future for the Vocational Trades

When it comes to the careers for which vocational schools can provide the necessary education and training, the options are varied. 

Research has shown that some of the fastest-growing jobs are in the technical fields. Some of the vocational trades with the highest employment growth rates include massage therapists, physical therapists, and medical assistants. 

Here’s a list of 10 jobs that are expected to have the highest employment growth over the next decade, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Veterinary technician
  • Paralegal
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • HVAC technician
  • Dental assistant
  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Audio engineer

4. Costs Less

Earning a vocational degree takes less time (two years) than earning a bachelor’s degree (four years). The expenses are lower as well. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average trade school degree costs $33,000, whereas obtaining a bachelor’s degree will cost you about $127,000. That’s $94,000 saved!

5. Smaller Classes and Flexible Schedules

Vocational school classrooms have fewer attendees than traditional colleges, which means that instructors are able to focus on each student and provide valuable training. Smaller classes also allow you to build stronger relationships with other students and network more easily when it’s time to find a job. 

In addition, vocational schools offer options for evening classes for students who are busy during the day. So, if you have a full-time job or need to take care of your kid, the flexible schedule of vocational schools might be the best solution for you.

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How to Choose a Vocational Training Program

Even though vocational schools are less expensive than colleges, it’s still a substantial amount of money to spend. So, if you decide to enroll in a vocational school, you should conduct thorough research of the different programs before signing up in order to ensure you get what you pay for.

When deciding whether a certain program is good for you, consider the following:

Try to learn as much as you can about the program in relation to the development of professional studies, the development of technical skills, and student support. 

Check the school’s experience and reputation in the market. See what other people are saying about the school and the program you’re interested in via feedback and reviews. 

Find out whether the program you’re considering is authorized and whether the school has well-trained, experienced instructors. 

Compare the fees charged by different vocational schools for the program you’re considering. Check also whether there’s a possibility of getting financial aid.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to deciding whether you should choose college or vocational school, your capabilities and personal preferences will also play a major role. If you’re not a person who can spend 4 years in a confined classroom learning mostly theoretical things or if you were never a good student to start with, college might not be the ideal solution for you. 

College is also not a great option for people who already have a full-time job or a family to take care of. Vocational school programs offer the flexible schedules and practical training you need to meet your career goals.

The Difference Between a B.A. and B.S. Degree: Which Type of Degree to Choose?

Eric Xu - Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Guest blog post by Viktor Zdraveski

The type of degree you choose will have a significant influence on your future life, career, and earning potential. For that reason, you should think carefully: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science – which one is better? 


Let’s learn about the difference between a BA and a BS degree.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

BA degree programs provide a more expansive education. They typically include courses in English, foreign languages, humanities, and social sciences. Students can choose from a wide array of courses, which allows them great flexibility to customize their education to match their individual interests and life goals. BA degrees are commonly offered in fields such as art, music, communication, English, and modern languages.


Bachelor of Science (BS)

BS degree programs are more strictly focused on their subject matter. Students are expected to focus on mastering the practical and technical aspects of their field and there aren’t many opportunities to explore topics outside of their major. BS degrees are offered in scientific and technical areas such as mathematics, computer science, physics, biochemistry, and nursing.


How Are BS and BA Different?

In general, the main difference between these two types of degrees lies in the coursework. Many subjects, such as Engineering and Psychology are offered in both BA and BS. However, it is safe to say that BA is more focused on the humanities (ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, history, law, politics, religion, and art), whereas BS tends to be more focused on science and mathematics.


In most cases, the choice of the subject matter will define the type of degree you choose. For instance, only a small number of schools offer a BA in Chemistry, whereas finding a school that offers a BS in English is practically impossible.


On the other hand, certain subjects, such as business, psychology, and accounting are often offered in both BA and BS degree programs. In that case, students can choose between the more tightly focused approach of the BS track or the broader sweep of the BA track.


How to Figure Out What Degree You’ll Get

In most cases, once you declare, you will immediately figure out what type of degree you’ll receive. However, if the school you’re attending allows for both a BS and BA in a certain subject, things can be somewhat complicated. In that case, it’s best to consult your college advisor.


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science: Which One Should You Choose?

As mentioned before, the type of degree you choose will have an influence on your future career. Some of the best colleges to consider include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, Dartmouth College, etc.


But how will you know if you’re making the right choice? Here are several important factors you should consider before making a final decision.


The first thing to consider is the standard in your field. If there are many people in your field with BA degrees, then you should also opt for a BA. There’s usually a good reason why it is the case, so going against the tide would not be wise. 


If there is no standard to adhere to, go through the program’s requirements. If your plan is to move on to a master’s degree in the future, check if that degree requires a BS or a BA. For instance, if most people in your field go for an MSc, it’s best to get on the path early on by choosing a BS. People who are successful in your field should always serve as your exemplars.


Don’t forget to take into consideration your own preferences and capabilities. If you are good at writing and research, chances are you will be happier with a BA program. However, if you prefer developing theories or you are interested in applying science in the real world, you should opt for a BS. Choosing a subject you hate or you simply don’t understand will make you miserable and prevent you from succeeding.



Which Degree Do Employers Prefer?

There’s no universal answer to this question. Some employers’ requirements are quite specific when it comes to the type of degree, whereas others have no preferences. The best way to find out what is best is by doing research.


Generally speaking, employers are concerned whether your degree is relevant, not whether it is a BS or a BA. In other words, if the field you are looking at is appropriate, the type of degree won’t matter.


Final Thoughts

Understanding the difference between a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree can help you choose the program that is right for you.


Academically, BA degrees and BS degrees are valued equally. Both degrees offer students opportunities to continue their education at a higher level if that is their inclination. However, the coursework required for a BS degree generally fosters analytical skills and requires a more detailed understanding of the subject matter. On the other hand, a BA degree typically encourages students to sharpen their writing and communication skills, as well as broaden their horizons by creating cognitive baggage from various subjects and aspects of life.


When deciding which type of degree you’re going to choose, think about your personal preferences and strengths. What type of classes did you prefer in the past? What are you interested in studying at the moment? In addition, consider what career options you’d like to pursue in the future.



Thank you SimplyCircle customers!

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

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Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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However, this does not mean that teachers and administrators should not try to understand the basics of neuroscience. In this article, experts from Pro-Papers have outlined some important terms.

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