While there are many things that simply cannot be taught in the classroom, there is no doubt that your level of education will have a major impact on your career success. After high school, you have many different avenues available to you if you want to position yourself for better job prospects by improving your credentials. College and trade schools are the two most popular options and may be right for you, depending on your personal career goals, financial situation and range of interests.
At college, you can complete a course of study that will lead to a degree. The most easily attainable designation is the associate's degree, which is typically awarded upon completion of a two-year course. It is a relative newcomer in the post-secondary world and really only came into widespread use after the advent of online education. The bachelor's degree was formerly the lowest level of education you could achieve upon completion of a college program. The associate's and bachelor's degrees are collectively known as "undergraduate degrees."
If you want to continue in school after completing your undergraduate education, you can pursue a master's degree. This degree level is common among well-paid working professionals, but if you want to continue your studies even further, you can attain a doctorate degree (required for most university professorships) or even complete post-doctoral studies.
For some people, sitting in a classroom and learning about theories and concepts isn't very interesting and doesn't align with what they want to be doing. If that sounds like you, consider going to trade or vocational school instead. These institutions prepare students to enter the workforce, providing hands-on education. Everything from auto mechanics and welding to nursing and hospitality management is taught in trade school, so be sure to look into local options if you want to work in a skilled trade.