How to Decide if Vocational Training or Higher Education is best for you

Many people are considering furthering their education after high school these days. The decision whether to go to a vocational school or enroll in higher education, can be tough to make, and difficult to know which one is right for you.


You have to figure out what career path you are passionate about and which option can help you get there. There is nothing saying you cannot choose one now and then go back later and further your education at the other place. When looking at it from a logical stand point, attending a vocational school to learn a certain trade makes sense. You can enter the workforce with a valuable and useful skill set, earn a good living that will help you pay for higher education at a later date.


Unfortunately, money is a concern for most people these days. Sometimes, people must choose something practical like vocational training for eighteen months over college for four years (or more). Quite literally, some people are looking for a way to make better money, so they can go to college. The tuition for higher education can be a little steep, to say the least. Vocational training may not cost as much, however, the training you receive is just as valuable as one from a higher education college. Sometimes the cost of tuition makes the decision for people.  

Online/brick and mortar

Another thing to think about is whether you want to attend classes in a virtual classroom or brick and mortar classroom. There are advantages to both schools. With brick and mortar, you get face to face interaction with other students and teachers, and exercise while walking from class to class. Online learning is better for some people because there is less pressure and stress from other students. You can can be completely comfortable while attending online classes, for instance you can go to class in sweat pants or even when you are sick.

Programs offered

Sometimes the easiest way to make the decision is by what classes are being offered in both places. Choosing the one that offers the programs exactly, (or pretty close) to what you are looking for, may be the only way to make a decision between the two. For example: if you want to hone your artistic talents, you may want to go to a school for the arts (a vocational college) instead of a higher education college like Harvard.

When you take all things into consideration, and look at all of the options available to you, you can make the decision that works best for you. It is best to take a little time to research both options and then weigh the pros and cons of each one. From there, you can make an informed decision.