I’ve always believed that the world belongs to the doers. Those who show up day in and day out, and get their hands dirty doing the things that need to be done. Unfortunately, our culture often tells young people that the only path to success is through a four year (or more) college degree. We tell them that the skilled trades are a fall-back option, and that if they really want to succeed, they should aim for a “professional” career. This is a mistake.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that college isn’t a good option for some people. But I do think we need to start encouraging young people to explore all of their options, including the skilled trades. There is pride that comes from creating with your own two hands, and there’s no limit to what you can achieve. There is honor in all work.
Trying out a few different careers will help you figure out what you’re really passionate about, and it will also give you a better understanding of the work world in general. Exploring different careers can help you develop the skills that you’ll need to be successful in the long run.
The skilled trades offer good pay and job security without the crushing debt that often comes with a college education. So don’t be afraid to explore the skilled trades – you might just find your dream job right here in East County.