Learning from vocational schools

When you become an adult, learning does not have to end. If learning stops, growing also stops. Active learning, on the other hand, is what will help make one bloom forever.

In general, adult students are independent and self-directed. If they find a problem, they take the necessary steps to find a solution. In contrast, in general youth students are dependent on adults for direction. Unlike youth students, adult students approach learning with specific results in mind. Adult students know what they want to be. This is what will help them avoid drop out from a vocational school. They understand that drop out does not produce the results they seek.

Here are some characteristics that describe adult students:

  • self-directed
  • responsible
  • autonomous
  • goal-oriented
  • desire practical ideas, information or solutions
  • want relevant and appropriate information
  • accumulated life experiences and knowledge

If an adult student wants to be an account, he knows he has to successfully complete each subject in accounting and any other related subjects for completion of the program. This is where vocational schools come to mind.

If you have certain skills or preference for pursing a future job, consider enrolling into a vocational school. Vocational schools are also referred to as career schools, technical schools, or trade schools.

Vocational schools offer a range of certifications and degrees in a variety of career-specific fields. See table 1 for various adult schooling options.

Table 1 adult schooling options
Type of School Degree Type Years of Schooling
Community College/Vocational School Certificate 6 months to 2 years
Associate’s 2 years
Specialized School Professional 2–5 years
4-year College or University Bachelor’s 4 years
University Master’s 2-5 years
Doctorate 2–8 years

The financial aid process is essentially the same for students attending a vocational school as it is for students attending a four-year college. Be sure to check with your school to learn your eligibility requirements for not only financial aid but also any applicable scholarships.

Vocational schools prepare the students learn skills important to their jobs. A number of career-based subject are offered:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Automotive
  • Business Administration
  • Electrician
  • Fashion Design
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Information Technology
  • Medical and Technical Careers
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Real Estate
Posted on 8/27/2007
by Raj Singh