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[–] Owlchemy 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

Here. here ... college is oversold and overrated in many fields. Save yourself thousands in debt you can never pay off and make something of yourself, educating yourself along the way in what really matters.

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[–] Eualos [S] 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Education should be a lifelong endeavor. Don't let anyone sway you into thinking the opposite.

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[–] sinjinsmythe 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Absolutely yes. Even in science fields, college debt is a waste if you are not interested in working in that field or using that base to expand your knowledge and skill set. If you are not strictly into science and research, you will be ultimately selling yourself, you are all in essence salesmen and women. You are selling yourself, your talent, your time, your energy, your knowledge, your skills, etc. Figure out a way to capitalize on your self and sell what you do best, what makes you happiest, what you can best contribute to the world. Do not just "do what you're supposed to do" because what you are "supposed to do" is become a wage slave for the tax machine.

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[–] fujin 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Agreed, only problem with OPs comment was eventually becoming your own boss. At the rate we are going with rules and regulations we will all be made to become servants to corporate overlords with no chance of being an independent person.

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[–] UncontrollableSphere 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've heard rumblings of Uber for trades. Need a plumber? Electrician? Home inspection? Use the app, it finds the nearest subcontractor that's available to help. Leave ratings for contractors, get rated as a customer.

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[–] count_fagula 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The independent are competitors to our corporate overlords and thus must be extinguished. Eat. Buy. Consume.

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[–] 6637716 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm in my third year of ECE and I love the material. Lots of job options, though I'm interested in alternative energy.

My only complaint with my decisions thus far is that I didn't take sufficient advantage of CO-OP and other work opportunities early on. I'm going to try this year. Problem is I have no work experience as yet.

Having your electromechanical maintenance background, you should be golden starting to work right away after getting your degree. Most likely long before then

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[–] TheCompanionCube 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

a lot of companies won't hire coops until at least junior year (sophomores aren't educated enough to do good work yet) so I don't think you are lagging behind just yet. good luck finding something

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[–] BentAxel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The military is a great way. I know more than a few people that when they left the military, they got jobs in similar fields to earn a great living. One friend put up with Shit-a-stain for three further years to make about $600K in that time. He did exactly the same think he did when he was enlisted. With a College degree they earn additional money in management.

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[–] gramman74 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

I think voat is a little older

I'm in my 40's

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[–] Eualos [S] 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Yeah I feel similarly. I'm in my mid 20s, but I usually feel young here.

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[–] thellama01 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i'd say my age but I don't know if there is an age requirement for this website

I mean yeah in my 30's...

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[–] ScreaminMime 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Sound advice I wish I had been given my last year in HS and that I have my own kids following currently.

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[–] Eualos [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Good on you!

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[–] bourbonexpert 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

totally. good plumbers and electricians make just as much, if not more than most bachelor degreed people, with less debt, and there is no dress code.

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[–] Mr_YUP 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

yes but underwater welders is highly specialized and SO dangerous. It's a high stress job that demands the salary the receive

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The problem is that the choice of career isn't just about how much money you earn

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[–] Mister_b 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Fully agree. We need more skilled tradesmen (and women). I don't know where you are but America's skilled workers are getting older and will approach retirement soon. The push for everyone to go to college and be a manager or engineer has left a deficit in trades. There will always be a need for a craftsman. Plumbers, electricians, carpentry, etc all take time to learn and require skills and certifications. Trade schools fill this need but they aren't advertised or encouraged enough.

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[–] Mister_b 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

True, we can always use engineers. I guess my point is that not everyone needs to be an engineer and like the OP says, there are many other options for making a good living without going to college. Not everyone needs to either work full time, go to school full time, and/or have student loans for something that will not prepare them for a great job right out of school. We need tradesmen, we need builders. We need those skills to continue rebuilding the economy and growing it. Not disagreeing, just wanted to clarify my opinion.

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[–] Sciency 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Amen. I learned a lot in school, but it hasnt payed for itself. I ended up making way more money working a trade I learned under a friends father as a kid. Learn to build/fix something physical, this virtual world isnt going to last long by the looks of things.

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[–] oedipusaurus_rex 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Seconding this. Learn to weld. Learn to mix concrete. Learn a skill that cannot be shipped overseas.

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