Byron’s Opinion

I want to be successful in life, so I should go to college. But what college should I go to? What degree should I get? These are questions that many ask, and for a lot of us the answer is not very clear, at least as early on in our lives as we would like it to be. There are so many different kinds of jobs available that it’s hard for a young, fresh out of high school student to determine which direction is the right one for them. What will it be like in that profession? How long would I be able to work doing something like that? Is there something better I can do?

These questions can be overwhelming to consider, which makes sense because the decision in front of college applicants is a big one. So many choose the college they want to go to and complete the first two years while deciding which direction to go for the rest of their education.

This is the course that many take, and for a lot of people it leads them to a successful and fulfilling career in their choice of profession. However, this is not the course that everyone should take. For some, it is the perfect fit and the springboard to the life they want to live, for others it is an inescapable trap to a depressing destiny. *mike drop*


Many believe that college is the way to escape a lifelong career in a low paying job. But college is not the only way to accomplish this goal. A career in one of the trades can be a perfect option for some people.

There’s a multitude of ways that people learn and excel, and there are just as many different and unique professions for them. One of the traps of thinking that some people fall into is the perspective that college is the only way out of a career with a low salary, or the only way to be “successful” or “pay the bills.”

Don’t be trapped by a false perspective! College is great option for many people, and a must for others, but trade school is an excellent option to consider as well!

The trades (plumbing, electrical, etc.) are a perfect opportunity for those who want to live a comfortable life without going to college.

How Byron Did It

I didn’t want to go to college, the idea of spending a ton of money to stay in school for years didn’t make me happy. So I went to trade school for plumbing for four years instead. It was two nights a week, and during the day I worked as a plumber’s apprentice. After four years, I became a Master Plumber and had a valid license in the entire state of Florida. My car was paid for, I had no debt, I was traveling internationally yearly…plus I was almost able to afford the down payment on a house by the age of 21.

Instead of paying large sums of money to a college/university for four or more years, I got paid to learn, and begin to master, a valuable skill for four years. The result was that I was in a much better position financially than a lot of college students are at that point in my life.

I’m not saying that college is a bad option, but I am saying that trades should be considered for more people. If you like to think with your hands and are fascinated by how things work, or if you just want to be more active and learn “hands-on” as you go, I would strongly suggest considering a trade school.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you don’t like it, you can move on to something else, and if you spent a year or two in it deciding, you will have the knowledge you picked up during trade school with you for the rest of your life. It’s a win-win!


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