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What Schooling Options to Discuss with your Children

When it comes to your children, post-secondary schooling is often one of the most important choices you can help them to make. Should they go on to a four year college, or trade school, or get an advanced degree? Much of the answer to these questions have to do with their personality, aptitude for school, and ambition. Here are some school possibilities to discuss with your child, depending on who they are, what you can afford, and what goals they have for themselves.

Four Year Schools

This is one of the most common educations that you can get, and it is also the gateway to advanced degrees like a masters, Ph.D., law and medical degrees. If your child has ambition to work in these fields, or to get a job that requires a type of radiologist degree, this is definitely a great way to increase your marketability as an employee. Universities offer education and networking, but they also offer a well-roundedness that will serve them well when discussing their passions or insights on non-work topics. Conversation like this may give them the edge in promotions, as they present themselves as knowledgeable, interesting and intelligent.

Radiology Degrees

Another way to go is with a specific trade school that requires similar intelligence, but is placed in a very specific training program geared toward job performance. For those who need money more quickly and don’t have patience for prerequisites, this may be a better option. Radiology offers high-paying, in demand careers, and schools often have a job placement center and internships so that you can ensure yourself a job the day that you finish. Additional trade school jobs include plumbing, welding, electrical, nursing assistant, dental hygienist, ultrasound tech and many others.

Associates Degrees

For others who are unsure they want to commit to a four year college, but aren’t certain yet what they would like to do, a community college and an associates degree might be a good choice. This often begins with a set of prerequisite courses that can show your child where their interest, or at least their aptitude lies. It can also be a bit of an introduction to the way that college works. From there, your child can either get an associates degree and begin a job in the workforce, or they can use their two years in school as credits toward a four year degree at a university.

No matter what your child’s attitude toward school and its place in helping him or her to fulfill their dreams, there are a lot of choices out there. When discussing school, be certain to listen to them, their hopes and dreams, and combine this with what’s realistic for your finances and their abilities.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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