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The benefits of career education vs. a traditional degree

Landing your dream job is a great goal, but it may not require a four-year or two-year program to get there. In fact, there will be 55 million openings through 2020 — and 66 percent of them won't require a bachelor's degree, according to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Career training at a trade school is another avenue to pursue your career goals, and can offer different benefits than a traditional 2-year or 4-year degree. Understanding your options is vital to making the choice that best fits you and your goals.

Accelerated path to your career

Trade schools like YTI Career Institute can provide an opportunity to learn in an accelerated format that gets you into the workplace faster. This is helpful for students of all ages, but can be especially valuable if you are transitioning to a new industry or career path. In a vocational program, you are placed into classes that focus on the skills training needed to help you succeed in your future career. Your classroom education will feature a mixture of traditional classroom learning and hands-on training in labs that replicate workplace settings. Depending on the industry you're interested in, programs can often be completed in less than a year.

Careers in growing fields

Programs at career and technical education schools are in demand now. Trade schools shape their programs by working with area employers through advisory boards in identifying regional and industry needs in growing industries. Classes are often taught by former industry professionals, who bring years of on-the-job experience to the classroom. Often times, instructors also have connections and relationships with local business leaders, which further ensures program curriculum is relevant to what's happening in the field today. This means you can feel confident that the skills you learn while enrolled will make you a great candidate for job openings in your chosen industry.

Personalized education

Your education is an important part of your life, and it should be treated as such. At a career and technical education school, you won't become another face in a large crowd. Smaller class sizes can lead to a more personalized education with instructors who are capable of providing the one-on-one attention you need to succeed.

The support doesn't stop at the classroom. Trade schools often have student services and career services departments to support students in working towards goals that will lead to a rewarding career after graduation.

If you're a hands-on learner who is excited by the idea of getting to work faster, then career education may be the best choice for you. Visit us at TheFutureIWantNow.com/YTI today to explore career options that work best for your individual goals.

Program lengths vary. Not all programs available at all locations. Job placement not guaranteed. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.