Best Ways to Further Your Education without Going to College

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Have you recently graduated from high school and are not sure what to do next? Does your family expect you to go to college even though you don’t want to? Do you think you must attend college to advance professionally?

College is a big commitment with a big price tag, and many people are unsure if this is the best path for them.  Attending college right out of high school also places students on a career path when they are roughly 20 years old and still developing as people. There is plenty of room for error.

While the Huffington Post reports that people who have college degrees have lower rates of unemployment than those who did not graduate from college, statistics do not always tell the full story. You may know someone who has a degree and is working in a completely unrelated field.  You may also know people who have very successful careers, but did not receive a formal college education.

People are different and earning a college degree does not guarantee a successful career. The 2014 U.S. Census indicates that at least 62% of all Americans have not completed a college degree.  Many of these people have used other methods to gain important job skills and grow professionally.

If you are not interested in attending college, you can still pursue education in an area of interest. To help you with career training and education, we developed a list of alternate educational options.

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