Learning A New Trade...

Vocational School... - Vocational School...
@twoey68 (13650)
United States
April 27, 2008 9:56am CST
Like most ppl I’ve seen the ad’s online and in magazines for the “at home degree’s”, you basically do all of your training in a career of your choice at home. They send your supplies to you and you return the work when it’s done. I tried it once ages ago but it turned out to be a lot more expensive then just going to a vocational school. I also found out that some companies wouldn’t accept their degrees. I have gone to one vocational school and I’ve worked at one. The one I went to was Cosmetology (doing hair)…I enjoyed playing with my own hair and thought it would be fun. It turned out that even though I did well at it…I didn’t like it. Now I rarely bother with anyone’s hair except my own and Hubby’s. The one I worked at was a Workforce in Texas. It was a place that ppl who were on probation or parole came to in order to get training and help finding a job. It was all right though you had to be careful of some of the ppl. My oldest Brother went to a vocational school to learn auto mechanics and he still does a lot of the work on cars for different family members. He’s actually pretty good at it. Have you ever gone to a vocational school? Do you use the training now? Was it good or bad for you? Have you done the “at home degree” program? Did it work out for you? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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14 responses
• China
28 Apr 08
I think the vocation school is expensive!
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28 Apr 08
I agree, it's very expensive these days....
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I went to vocational training for EKG Tech. Never got a job in it because everyone here has the same training. I would have to go where there isn't that training or there is a shortage. I've started three different at home training courses, but never finished them. Each time I would have money when I started, but none to continue. Flower Arranging, Electrician, and Fitness/Nutrition.
@heidibur (310)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I did the Strafford Career Institute it was great I was working at a Humane Society at the time and did my school work at home after work and on weekends it didnt take me long to get my degree for Veterinary Assistant and then a job opened up for a local Vet and I took in my resume and degree and got the job right then. It worked for me and I am thinking about doing it again.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
27 Apr 08
I have never tried a home school degree, for one I don;t have the money and I took my two degrees at a brick and mortar university. I would not have gotten funding from the government with an online program. And you are absolutely right there are many places would that do not accept these online places. Think of it, how do they know the actual student did the work, there is too much room for cheating, who does say that the student doesn't get his wife or husband or friend to do the assignments for him or her and they now have a diploma and really do not know a thing about the career they are supposed to have studied for.
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@Destiny007 (5819)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Well, I went to a truck driving school... does that count? I got a job out of it, and drove long haul for several months until an unfortunate encounter with some black ice in Michigan. I liked the job ok, but it did get to be a pain with all of the regs, and it didn't pay all that well... mostly because it was only an entry level company. We had a vocational school that I attended in High School where I took marketing and agricultural classes. I don't use any of it much anymore.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
27 Apr 08
yup went for welding daughter and I and yes we did use our training I retired and daughter stopped welding because they took that job out of the company but she also wanted to have a baby and didnt want to smell the fumes. But I would love to go back to work welding but then I am retired so that would mess up my check
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• Australia
10 May 08
I'm planning on starting my Uni studies in the next few years. Will be going through Distance Education so doing it from home, via the internet. Some courses out there are really good, you just have to do your research really carefully. Vocational courses are generally for those who want to try a new area and see if they like it before handing over the thousands of dollars to get the Diplomas. Some employers are way to picky about what credentials they accept these days.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 May 08
I have thought about doing one of those home courses, but I have yet to do it. The at home ones I was looking at were all less than $1000. I am not sure how much vocational school costs, but I am sure it is more than that now.
@34momma (13891)
• United States
10 May 08
back in 1988 i went to vocational school to learn how to use computer programs, like word and excel. and yes i still use it now and got a job because of it. Now i use it every day in my daily life and of course at work. and because of that training i am making more money at work.
@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
10 May 08
I haven't tried such a school, but I might. There are some fields I'm interested in, such as medical transcription, that can be done at home. One needs to be careful to make sure a training course/school is reputable, because there have been many scam or useless programs that have popped up since the govt. started allowing tax credits for education.
@mouse27 (1155)
• Canada
10 May 08
i went to a vocational college and it wasn't that great i dodn't end up getting a job in that feild of work. (Office work0 instead it is easier for me to get a job at a roofing company than in an offic. go figure i'm 90 lbs and i have an easier time getting a job that requires liffting almost my whole body weight and i can't get a job in an office which i am trained to do. sometimes i wonder if its not what you know but who you know in the world today
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
1 May 08
I did go to a vocational school to be a medical assistant. Though the job that I've had for the last thirteen years is in the mental health field, some of it pertains to some of the training I had. I did learn to take blood pressure and I've had many employees ask me to take their blood pressure for them. I did try to do an internet course on web design, but ended up with so many problems with my pc that I had at the time that I just gave up on it and wasted about $700.
@flowerchilde (12533)
• United States
28 Apr 08
No, I never have.. but there's some things I wish you could take an equivalence test for! And get a degree if you passed the test, as I've educated myself on some things..
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
28 Apr 08
I have done several types of training. My background is electronics. I trained in the military originally. It was very specific after the basics on radios. Then I went to college and became a Electronics Engineering Technologist. I went from there and started teaching at a private college. I was teaching techinicians. Problem was I didn't have alot of hands on experience in tv and vcr repair at the time, so I did one of those at home degrees. I didn't have to pay for it though. It was useful until the college I was teaching for went bankrupt. My diplomia in Electronics Engineering Technology helped me the most. It landed me a goverment job. I am not working in it right now as I have become disabled.