In the past few weeks, the news has been a breeding ground for conversations relating to Post Secondary Education Options.
What people don’t realize that they have more options than they think! Of course, you can go to college, get a degree, and become buried in debt.
Or, you can explore a less traditional option. As more and more companies remove the degree from their job descriptions; the world seems to be opening for those walking the path less traveled.
I choose to walk the path less traveled with Praxis.
Praxis is a business apprenticeship program committed to kick-starting your career with in-depth value creation. With a 6-month boot camp before your 6-month apprenticeship, they engage with you to equip you for excellence!
What makes Praxis a more appealing to some people searching for a post-secondary education option is it’s drastically smaller price tag. Unlike college, you have the potential to come out of the program debt free!
“According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.” Source.
Praxis costs $11,000. Oh, and it comes with a paid 6-month apprenticeship. Your gross cost ends up to be positive! You make more than you pay for the program.
Naturally, there are a few other post-secondary education styles that people should consider. You have trade schools, technical institutes, gap year programs, apprenticeship programs, and military branches.
College has value, but not the universal value most assume. The worst thing you can do is go as a catch-all or backup plan or default. Go get a degree if you have a specific, tightly defined goal and college is the only way to get it. Doctors, lawyers, and other professions that legally require degrees are examples. But even here, it’s so much better to get experience in the market before you settle on one of these specialist paths. There’s no way to know if you’ll like it just by thinking about it, and once you head down that path changing direction becomes a lot harder.
BUT – it doesn’t have to be an apprenticeship; immerse yourself in a different culture, learn a new skill, create a website/app/brand, press into the technical skills you have, identify you weakness, and make them strengths. Don’t get so caught up on having the perfect thing to do that you forget to do something!
So, when the time comes to choose, make sure you pick an option that gives you both peace of mind and plenty of opportunities to show up, create value, and do it all again tomorrow!