When it comes to finding education and training to get the job you want, there’s lots of choices. Choose an option below to find out more!
Four-year Colleges and Universities
- earn a bachelor’s degree by completing a program at a college or university
- colleges may be smaller or part of a large university
- each school has different requirements for getting in
- you can also earn an advanced degree as required for some career fields
Do You Like Variety?
Four-year colleges and universities offer many social opportunities and a wide range of classes to explore.
Two Year Colleges
- public community colleges are open to everyone
- private junior colleges sometimes require an entrance test or some work experience to get in
- earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Applied Science (AAS) degree
- credits you earn while getting an AA degree often transfer to a four-year college or university
Don’t like crowds?
Community colleges often have smaller campuses and class sizes than four-year colleges.
- may provide opportunities for travel
- the military can help you pay for college or training
- some programs allow you to use military training for college credit
- get experience and skills for getting a job outside the military
Do you want to serve your country?
The military offers lots of ways to do so, as well as many other types of benefits.
Learning Outside of a Classroom
- consider getting an apprenticeship or other work experience
- start your own business
- learn on-the-job and work your way up the career ladder
- consider free or inexpensive online courses in a field you’re interested in
Looking for a change of environment?
Balance your learning with real world, hands on experiences.
- complete a year of service to get money for school expenses
- develop skills by working on a specific project
- explore a career path
- visit the AmeriCorps website for more information
Interested in volunteering and making new friends?
You get hands-on work experience, networking opportunities, and professional skills training along with making new, like-minded friends.
Trade or Technical Schools (AKA Vocational schools)
education and training for a specific job
examples include jobs in computer programming, graphic design, accounting, veterinarian assistants, plumbers, and truck drivers
earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Applied Science (AAS) degree
credits earned may transfer to a college or university
usually takes less time to complete than college
Want to start a career as soon as possible?
Learn a valuable trade in a relatively short amount of time and start working sooner.
- many schools have the option to take online courses
- you have a more flexible schedule and you can work at your own pace
- you still get to interact with the teacher and other students through chats or using online tools like Skype
- earn many types of degrees and certifications
How do you learn best?
You need to be self-motivated and organized to be successful at these.