Trade school is just one among the many schools that offer specific subjects that help students to choose a particular career path from the onset. Most people who choose to attend trade school do so because they have already made up their minds about the career they wish to pursue in their lives. But this has its pros and cons. We highlight some of these.
1. Learn relevant skills: Trade school offers children to learn content that they will be examined in and that which is relevant to their choice of career. Unlike other courses, the skills offered in trade school are relevant to one’s career.
2. It is less costly: Trade school is less costly than the normal school or college because the skills offered at this school are customized. There is less content to be covered and the course also takes less time.
3. It takes less time: It takes very minimal time to go through trade school and complete coursework than it takes to go through the normal school. This is because the content to be covered has been shrunk to a specific subject.
4. Smaller class sizes and flexibility: Trade schools have fewer students than other normal schools which means the class sizes are also small in comparison to the normal schools.
5. Job-specific educational format: The education format in a trade school is customized specifically to suit the job that one is going to be engaged in. This means that the student begins to get experience as soon as they start schooling.
6. Specialized career offering: The career path in a trade school is already predetermined and this gives the student a chance to get involved in activities that will directly affect their career path.
7. High demand: Trade school offers students an opportunity to undertake courses that are in high demand and also career opportunities that are marketable because employers will prefer students who have had some specialized training.
8. Hands-on experience: Students will get an opportunity to gain hands-on experience when they attend trade school which gives them an advantage over the other students who have attended other normal schools.
9. No waiting for admission dates: Trade schools do not follow the normal admission calendar and criteria as the one followed by other schools. One can easily join a trade school fresh from high school as long as they have the right qualification.
10. Career services: Trade schools often offer customized career services to the students because all of the students in the school are pursuing the same career path.
1. Limited scope of job opportunities: Trade school only offers a particular career opportunity in a specific field which means children have no variety of career opportunities to choose from.
2. They are not always cheaper: Trade schools are not as cheap as people may want to believe. Because of the customized nature of the learning in these schools, the cost may often be inflated.
3. There is no job guarantee:
Once students have graduated, there is no job guarantee for the students because sometimes the market may be saturated with the skills acquired in these schools.
4. No shared knowledge: Students in trade schools do not get an opportunity to share knowledge because their knowledge base is limited to only one specific field.
5. It discourages diversity: Trade school discourages diversity since it only admits students with the same career interest.
6. No divergent opinions in school: Students in trade schools are less likely to share opinions because they have more or less the same approach to problem-solving since they are pursuing the same opportunities.
7. Specialization means no other career path: Trade schools limit students to one career path and specialize in training students on this career path thus offering them no other choice in their careers.
8. Jobs may not always be available: Graduates from trade school are sometimes too many while the career opportunities are limited. Many people risk ending up unemployed.
9. Limited choice of schools to choose from: There aren’t very many trade schools in the country and in the world as there are normal schools. This means that students who want to attend trade school have limited choices to choose from.
10. Limited flexibility: Students in trade school have limited flexibility as far as choices and change are concerned.