Skilled Tradesman Shortage?
Skip College and Learn a Trade
Skip college and learn a trade! You will have more money in your pocket after you graduate from college than if you had gone to school. Also, it’s much easier to make a living doing something other than going to school. If you are interested in learning how to do some of these things, then skip college and start now!
You might think that skipping college would mean you won’t be able to earn enough money to support yourself or even live comfortably. But there are many ways you can still succeed in life. Here are just a few:
1) You can work hard at what you love and don’t give up when things aren’t easy.
2) You can take advantage of opportunities that present themselves while avoiding those that don’t.
3) You can work with others to accomplish goals together.
4) You can always look ahead and plan for the future.
5) You can enjoy the time you spend with friends and family.
(Don’t forget to tell them! They would be sad if you never did.)
You can do these things even if you have a college degree. In fact, many people who have college degrees fail to do these things because they are too busy with studies or just partying. In any case, there is nothing wrong with going to school and getting a degree in something that interests you. However, don’t think that you cannot succeed at life without one.
After all, if you’re not happy with what you’re doing, then what’s the point of getting a degree for it?
If you really want to succeed at life without a degree, then focus on these five steps:
Make Do: You don’t need to spend a fortune to get started. Many people start off by using the things they already have around the house or buying used equipment at a resale shop. For example, maybe you want to start a landscaping business. Instead of going out and buying a new lawnmower, see if your local yard sales or resale shop has something that will work just as well for a cheaper price.
If you don’t have the money to get started, then you can:
1) Ask your friends or family for help.
2) Borrow money from a bank or your local credit union.
3) Find a job that you can work on evenings and weekends until you have enough to get started.
The last thing you want to do is sacrifice your time for something that isn’t worth it in the long run.
Make a Plan: It’s great if you are starting a new job, business, or other pursuit that is going to help you out in the future. However, you also need to have a plan on how you are going to reach that goal. Otherwise, you may end up wasting a lot of time, energy, and money without getting anywhere.
For example, if you want to start a lawn care business, then plan out what equipment you will need (see above), how much it will cost, and how you are going to market and advertise your services so you can get your name out there. Another example would be if you want to start a small computer business in your garage, then plan out how you are going to build or acquire the equipment, where you are going to have your customers come to you, and what you are going to do if you get too many customers (hire some employees).
Do These Things: Once you come up with your plan, it’s time to get started. Don’t just sit around planning, make sure you are taking the steps necessary to achieve your goals. If you want to start a business, then open that garage office and start building computers! If you want to start a landscaping business, then clear an area in your backyard to start planting flowers and other vegetation!
Do the things necessary to achieve your goals and don’t give up. Even if it takes longer than expected, never give up!
Look Back and Learn: As your project progresses, take the time to look back on what you have done so far. Think about what changes you would make if you could do it all over again.
What did you like and dislike about your project?
In this way, you can learn from past mistakes and avoid them in the future. You can also see what you did right so that you can keep doing it.
After you have looked back and have learned from your project, then it’s time to either start a new one or continue working on the current one. If you decide to continue, then just repeat the process all over again.
As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you have a college degree or not. Anyone can achieve their goals in life as long as they are willing to take the necessary steps to achieve them.
Remember, if you set your mind to something then there’s nothing to stop you from achieving it!
Talk to you soon!
P.S. If you ever decide to start a business of your own, then I encourage you to check out the links below to learn everything you need to know about getting your business started:
The Small Business Administration Website: This link will take you to the main website for the U.S. Small Business Administration. On this site, you will find a wide range of information on how to start and run your own business. There are links to loans and grants, how to apply for tax benefits, and much more.
The E-Myth Revisited: This book was written by the same person who wrote the above article (Michael Gerber). I have not personally read this book, but it is highly recommended by many business owners. The title of the book refers to the idea that many people fail to realize that businesses need to be treated like a “real” living thing and needs to be “nurtured”.
Online Business Building Course: This website is maintained by the U.S. Small Business Administration and provides information on various aspects of starting and running your own business. There is a lot of information here so take your time going through it.
4 Steps to Successful Business Plan: This PDF file contains a worksheet that you can fill out and use to organize your ideas for starting your own business.
Small Business Loans: This is a pretty self-explanatory section. On this page, you will find an overview of the various types of loans that you can get to start your own business. There is also information on grant programs and other ways to fund your business idea.
Business Setup Checklist: This checklist contains a wide range of topics that you need to consider when starting your own business.
Sources & references used in this article:
- More similar than different: Millennials in the US building trades (K Real, AD Mitnick, WF Maloney – Journal of Business and Psychology, 2010 – Springer)
- What employers look for: the skills debate and the fit with youth perceptions (A Taylor 1 – Journal of Education and Work, 2005 – Taylor & Francis)
- Obstacles to diversity in construction: the example of Heathrow Terminal 5 (L Clarke, M Gribling – Construction Management and Economics, 2008 – Taylor & Francis)