Education - Page 11 - Ask Margit, from page 1

Education
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Ask Margit, from page 1
Take a look at what you like – no, make that love – to do. Janice Friedman had been in business since she was a teenager. “I wish I’d taken more time before choosing a major to recognize what brought me so much personal satisfaction. Instead of majoring in business, I studied math. It was OK, but I’ve never enjoyed my profession as much as I did the creativity of being in business.”

Ben Willson’s father-in-law, Ralph, was a master welder. “I always love working with my hands. Then Ralph started training me to work with metal, and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. It allows me to do everything I enjoy: creating artwork, designing strange and unusual pieces like masks and sculpture, and even constructing practical metalwork. I even built a guitar I play with.”

Jonathan Mimran played ice hockey and became a referee. On the side, he worked as a plumber under a friend. He then applied for an apprenticeship and realized he could do both. Now licensed, he earns more money now than some college graduates and has more work than he can handle. “I like seeing my customers’ faces when I’ve installed something they want or fixed a problem. Their pleasure is my pleasure.” He recently posted a photo of a completed job on Facebook with the caption, “I could do this all day long.”

In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 33.4 percent of Americans have a bachelor’s degree.When you think about it, there must be lots of jobs for those who don’t have one. In fact, in one area, there are a huge number of positions for which there are not enough applicants. Despite the fact that there are 1.46 million drivers employed by freight forwarders, transportation companies, and logistics providers, says the American Trucking Association, hiring is not keeping up with the needs created by e-commerce. Over 50,000 jobs are open and that will only increase as online sellers generate additional product deliveries.

Another space with increased opportunities is the trades: construction and contractor jobs of all types, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, HVAC, and landscapers are just a few. Growing fields include energy management (including solar), electronics, environmental sciences, computers and aviation. As we shift to a service economy, outside suppliers, people who can do quality work with their hands, are in high demand.

Education is education, and a degree doesn’t necessarily mean a university. It can be a technical or vocational school, both local and online. Community colleges offer certifications in many of the above listed jobs. For instance, CCBC Essex has a Basic Horticulture credit certificate. Professions listed above all require highly developed skills and that certificate or apprenticeship is worth its weight in a good income. Willson says, “I can’t find people willing to learn welding, so I’m working seven days a week.”

Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s attending a university or attending a trade school, think past the end result and focus on what you want to do afterwards. Do some research on what education and experiences your ideal job requires and use those as your goals. Plan today for your future tomorrow. It will be time well spent. •