The ivory tower isn’t always all it is cracked up to be. You don’t always need a 4-year bachelor’s degree to make a good living. Trades have long been the backbone of our country. The trades are made up of thousands of men and women who have mastered a skill. This includes carpentry, masonry, electrical circuitry, and so much more.
The educational trajectory for folks who pursue a trade does not always look like the typical college trajectory. A trade is usually learned through a hybrid model that blends together vocational instruction with on-the-job training. This is often referred to as an apprenticeship model; it carries on the ancient tradition of passing down a skill to the next generation.
If you are someone who has always loved working with your hands, who values independence, and takes pride in hard work, then you should consider pursuing a trade. By the way, ever wonder who built the ivory tower? That’s right—bricklayers and carpenters.