Get a Better Job

December 7, 2013 Updated: April 24, 2016

Dear Kathy,

     I’m 20 years old and I don’t want to go to college. I’m ambitious but I don’t have the patience to sit through four more years of school. I’m more of a hands-on type of guy.

     The problem is that all I can find since I graduated high school are dead end jobs. My friends are all having the same experience. What are my options to get a better job?



Dear Bob,

     The job market is tough for most people these days, even those with 4 year college degrees. The good news is that you do, indeed, have options to increase your career opportunities. For instance, you can:

  • enroll in a public community or technical college and pursue a 2-year career-oriented program of study
  • enroll in an accredited career or trade school for a few weeks or a few months and work towards obtaining a certificate in a hands-on field
  • join the military and obtain free job training in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserves, or National Guard (
  • apply for a 2-6 year apprenticeship and learn a skilled trade through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training

     Please keep me updated on your success!

All my best,


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