Alternative to College?

Tom asks if certifications or other trade schools are a good alternative to college. Dave thinks they are.

QUESTION: Tom on Twitter asks if certifications or other trade schools are a good alternative to college. Dave thinks they are.

ANSWER: Yes they are—certainly if you are going to work in the tech field. There is probably a reason to get a four-year degree in tech or information systems, but I doubt it. By the time you get out of school, what you’ve learned is absolutely obsolete.

Things such as Microsoft certifications and all the different things you did to prove you know how to program or you know how to run hardware and cutting-edge stuff, that’s who I look for when I’m hiring. I’ve got about 150 of those folks working here right now. Almost none of them have a four-year degree in information systems. That field just doesn’t have that.

If you are going to work with your hands in the heating-and-air business or plumbing or something like that, you wouldn’t go to college for that. You’d go to a trade school. But be careful with the trade schools because there are two types: complete scams and the real thing. Study about them before you purchase.