Whatever you’re planning to do for your career, you'll need to carefully research the field to find out what training you’ll need—and what educational options will meet your needs as a full- or part-time student.
Today, there are more educational options than ever. With thousands of colleges and career training programs out there, there’s 1 to suit your needs and your budget. Choosing is a matter of knowing where to look and what to consider.
Education Options to Consider
- Start college early. High school students can get a jumpstart on college and early credits at a Vermont college for free through 1 of 2 programs: dual enrollment or early college. Talk to your school counselor or visit The Association of Vermont Independent Colleges or The Vermont State Colleges websites for more information.
- Go for career training. For some specific jobs, you may be able to get started with a career training program, which typically takes less time than a full college degree.
- Become an apprentice. For careers such as a plumber, carpenter, or chef, you may also want to look into the possibility of an apprenticeship where you'll learn on the job under an experienced mentor.
- Start working toward a 2-year degree at a community college. After graduation, you can start your career, work while continuing part-time at a 4-year college, or transfer full-time to a 4-year college. If you plan to transfer, check with the new school early on about what credits will transfer.
- Go straight to a 4-year college or university. Here, you can work toward a degree in any number of fields.
If you’re planning to go to college or university, get tips for choosing your area of study (otherwise known as your college major).