How to Talk to Your Parents About Alternate Career Paths After High School

Every year when graduation season rolls around, millions of students are left thinking, “What comes next?” For some, it’s a four-year college or university experience, but a traditional college education isn’t right for everyone. Some people come out of high school ready to jump right into a career.

If you feel like bypassing college and getting started in your IT career makes the most sense for your life, it can be an exciting time! But it also may seem like an impossible conversation to have with your parents. While there’s no right or wrong path to take after high school, it may be difficult for your parents to process that you’re choosing a direction that’s different from what they had in mind for you.

When you do sit down to have this conversation with them, remember these key points to help your parents see why IT training at a technical school like Carolina Career College is the right option for you.

You’ll be able to start a career in a stable and growing industry

The Information Technology field continues to grow at a rapid rate, as it has become an essential part of the day-to-day operations and long-term growth of many businesses.

You’ll still be getting an education

There’s a misconception that the only way to get a “real education” is to go through a college or university. But, when Carolina Career College students study to get an IT certification, they’re getting real-world training, career coaching, and more one-on-one interaction with instructors (there are no 300+ student lecture halls here!). We ensure you’re always learning real, applicable skills for your new career.

You’ll be pursuing your passion in a way that makes sense for you

There’s the idea that once a student begins college, they’ll continue through and finish with their degree. But, according to The Hechinger Report, 1 in 5 college students end up dropping out. One student who was interviewed for the article is quoted as saying, “I know of people who have left because they didn’t want to be in college. Their parents made them go.” While college is the right choice for many high school graduates, it won’t do much to help the students who truly want to be somewhere else, pursuing a different path in life.

You’ll save money

The tuition at a career college is drastically less than at a four-year college or university. There are millions of college graduates out there who are unemployed and in a lot of debt. If you already know that a traditional college setting isn’t right for you, don’t become another statistic.

You’ll make money

Not only does IT training take less time than a 4-year program (typically our students finish their programs in less than a year), but you can actually make money while you’re attending classes! Many of our students are working in IT jobs before they finish training.

At Carolina Career College, our goal is to offer the specific courses, guidance, and financing options to help make your Information Technology career a reality.

Our staff of professionals will work with you to plan out your career and help you set goals that will push you to succeed in your career. Our staff knows what it takes to succeed, and they will ensure you are guided in the right direction. Contact us today to get started!

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