Once upon a time in America, trade skills were taught in school.
Wood shop, metal shop, home economics were all part of daily school classes. Students were taught trades to work with their hands.
When did these classes begin disappearing and what took their place?
Today, these high paying trade jobs go unfulfilled, while high school graduates go off to college for four years seeking a bachelor’s degree in English literature or art. Or whatever.
Point being, that perhaps if they pursued a trade that they enjoy, they would become wage earners much more quickly.
Due your due diligence and search the internet to see which skilled trade jobs pay the most. Search on Google under “ learning a trade in high school.”
Many of these jobs have a very high hourly wage, which equals out to six figures a year.
Using Seattle as an example, there’s construction going on there and employers are needing skilled iron workers. Some students who attend trade schools can also get on the job training and be paid for it. Good money and benefits. Some of these jobs pay over $28.00 an hour. and as skills and experience increase, wages will probably follow suit.
Maybe some of these students would be happier and more productive pursuing a trade that could put them on the path to earning a good salary.
There is a definite shortage in the U.S. of construction workers, iron workers, and mechanics. This shortage pushes the wages higher in skilled trades.
Have you written a check for plumbing services lately? STICKER SHOCK!
Learning a trade helps in many ways. Many students would be benefited by being able to get a respectable job, help themselves and their families and become tax payers. It’s WIN, WIN, WIN!
Young people need to be learning something productive, other than social media. Computer skills are important, of course, but some may find it hard to make a living.
The U.S. needs trades people. Rather than look down your nose at these jobs, take a look at what they offer in the form of benefits and pay scale.
Students are pushed everyday by parents and school counselors to get into college for at least a 4 years bachelor’s degree. The financial return for this decision plunges students into debt that they might die owing.
Many students get their degree and then they can not find a job in their chosen profession. So, they take jobs as coffee baristas or flip burgers to tide them over while they wait for their big break, which may never come.
There’s a shortage of good car mechanics, which is a job that might appeal to many students. The words “grease monkey” do not really apply anymore. There is nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty and at the end of the day, you have money to put food on the table and shelter over your head.
Many parents complain that their kids are living in the basement where they moved to after graduation, because they can’t find a job. They are living under the shadow of student loan debt.
Learning a great skill does not come with a huge debt loan.
These are skills that you will always have. You will have security and confidence that if you excel in your trade, you will not be unemployed.
You may also have an opportunity to start your own business.
Experience is the best teacher. Students that learn a good paying skill may be able to pass that knowledge to their own children.
College is not for everybody. All students do not excel in math, history or biology. Everyone is not in love with Greek mythology or Victorian literature.
Never think that trade jobs or manufacturing don’t require education, because they do. Students and parents should check out requirements for in state students to attend a community or technical college.
Students of technical education are more likely to be employed in their fields of study, while their academic counterparts may find themselves working in a totally different field just to have a job!
Parents need to be educated about the opportunities for their children. They want their children to thrive and survive.
Many students learn best by doing, using their hands in a workshop. There’s a great deal of satisfaction working with your hands and seeing the end result.
Parents should ask their kids what they really want to do and if the answer is “I want to be a mechanic!” So be it!
Let them live their own life.