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The New "IT" Careers: Chef, Electrician, and Entrepreneur.

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Remember when people told you to grow up to be a doctor, a lawyer, or an accountant?

The 2014 version of that? Prepare to tell your kids to go to technical school.  

As recently as 2000, people still went to college seeking extensive amounts of education, and cerebral, theoretical careers.   And for a long while, one followed the other - prep school, Ivy-league, high-powered career, and a total return on investment.  

These days, the people that are thriving and who will continue to rise are those who are gifted with their hands, and prolific with specific technical skills.  These thinkers require (and receive) practical education and hands-on experience, often apprentice-style.  

Given the economic state of today, becoming upwardly mobile, well-compensated, and highly employable is likely the most reliable way to an interesting, stable, and exciting career.  

Take a look at this valuable excerpt from an article by Nicholas Wyman, CEO at the Institute for Workplace Skills and Employment in New York

NICHOLAS WYMAN'S 3 Good Reasons to Consider Skills Training: 

1. The traditional four-year degree is leaving many people in the cold.

- For every 100 college graduates in the U.S., there exist only 57 jobs that require a degree. This leaves 43 out of every 100 college graduates faced with unemployment or underemployment.

-These individuals invested an average of US$120,000 into their degree, much of it borrowed.

- But rather than transitioning directly from school to a well-paying job in their chosen field, they now have to take whatever job they can to pay back their loans.

- In many cases, college graduates are forced to take short-term or low-wage jobs just to keep up with their debt.

- Many graduates even move back home due to financial pressures. According to a 2014 Gallup Poll, 51% of American adults between the ages of 18 and 35 are living with their parents.

- Apprenticeship and on-the-job training allows candidates to earn while they learn. Rather than shelling out or borrowing significant amounts of money for your education, you can jumpstart a career while putting money in your own pocket.

2. An increasing number of job opportunities don’t require a college degree.

- Hundreds of thousands of jobs that require only high school, plus vocational training, remain unfilled. At the moment, 61% of all available jobs in the U.S. don’t require a college degree.

- And these aren’t just minimum-wage, dead-end, or revolving-door jobs that no one wants to do. Many of the available jobs are in prestigious and interesting fields like health care, electronics, building, manufacturing, design, and culinary arts.

- Jobs that can be acquired with on-the-job training or apprenticeships are even increasing in  fields such as biotechnology, horticulture, and computers.

-  According to Lazlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations (a twenty-first-century term for human resources) at Google, an increasing percentage of Google’s new hires have  not, in fact, graduated college. When evaluating candidates, instead of a high GPA or fancy diploma, Google looks for practical skills and expertise, problem-solving ability, humility, a desire to lead, and the willingness to learn.

- Demand for skilled people in the tech industry is only going to increase in the coming years— opening the door for more training opportunities that do not require four years of college study.

3. Opportunity for Exciting, Real-World Experiences.

- Skills training provides incredible opportunities for all kinds of hands-on learning experiences.

- Skills training, in other words, not only builds solid career futures, but also opens doors to life-enriching experiences like these.

- Personal and economic success is coming to more and more people through practical skills training—and that’s another thing an electrician, a chef, and an entrepreneur have in common.

The wave of tomorrow is creative license, personal contribution, communication, connection, and intellectual property.  

What does tomorrow look like for YOU?  

Courtney FeiderComment