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Trade Schools: The New Grad Schools?

Unfortunately, a bachelor's degree doesn't necessarily guarantee a job. Many graduates of four- year colleges find themselves struggling to obtain jobs that utilize their degree, and instead find themselves working as administrative assistants or telemarketers. These students used to rely on graduate school when their bachelor's degree didn't earn them a decent job. However, according to the ColoradoDaily.com, many of these students are starting to enroll in trade schools rather than grad schools:

Community colleges used to be a place to study hard and try to get into a four-year university. Now students with four-year degrees are using them to get jobs.

"We have become the new graduate school," said Irene Kovala, interim vice president for academic affairs at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

What these grads find are one- and two-year programs that qualify them for living-wage jobs such as nursing, graphic arts, home remodeling and repairs, and IT and paralegal work.

Administrators at trade schools estimate that nine out of ten graduates of their programs have a job waiting for them on the day they graduate. They claim that more than half of their students hold at least a bachelor's degree if not a higher degree. Therefore, students considering enrolling in a graduate school now have another choice to consider: which degree will get you the better job?


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