Choosing a university is very different from choosing an industrial, technical, or trade school. These types of schools tend to cater to students who expect to get a job almost immediately upon graduation in their relevant field, and factors like job placement rates become much more important when looking at these schools. Here are some tips for choosing industrial, technical, and trade schools.
1. Location, convenience, and accessibility.
Most industrial schools offer physical in-classroom or workshop instruction. Although some technical and trade skills can be taught through online courses, you will likely require a school located near you to take tests, so it’s best to start your search with local schools. The buildings should be physically accessible and convenient for you to get to by car, transit, or foot, depending on your location.
2. Full-time or part-time programs.
If you’re studying for a second trade or technical industry while working, you will require a very different program from someone studying full-time. The program should be flexible enough to fit around your existing commitments if you are looking for part-time or evening courses. You should also look at options for converting part-time to full-time studies or downgrading from full-time to part-time studies if you need to.
3. Affordability and scholarships.
How much tuition can you afford to pay? Are you willing to go into debt for this degree? Depending on the job placement rate and your employability after the degree, some debt might be manageable or out of the question. Consider how much you can afford to pay, and how likely you are to get a scholarship from the school or government.
4. Facilities and faculty.
The classroom or workshop environment is just as important as the instructor teaching in it. Ensure the equipment is up to industry standards and comparable to what you will be using after you graduate. You might want to focus on facilities designed to produce certain materials or products. The instructors should have relevant experience and training so they can provide useful perspectives to you as a student.
Signing up for a trade, technical, or industrial school is a big decision, so don’t invest in a school until you’ve checked it out thoroughly. A properly licensed and accredited school will be happy to answer your questions!