It’s not just a question for athletes. With college debt spiraling out of control and the pandemic severely impacting the traditional “college experience,” many students are reconsidering their options. In fact, a recent Forbes article reports that 40% of entering freshmen say they’re likely or very likely not to attend on campus in the fall. Add to that the 28% of returning students making similar decisions and it’s clear that the typical college campus will look very different this year.

The student debt portion of this equation is not new, of course. At $1.6 trillion, college debt now trails only mortgage debt in consumer categories, also according to Forbes. More and more students are looking for alternatives to saddling themselves with loan debt, especially as 2020 has flipped the employment market upside down.

So, does it make more sense to go to college or go pro?

In other words, are there fields where there’s still demand for employees, and where a four-year degree isn’t a prerequisite?

The answer is an emphatic “yes.” There’s still a big demand for talent in the IT industry, and for many positions there’s no requirement for a degree. For example, help desk personnel and network engineers are needed, and those are two major areas of focus at Franklin Apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship is not an internship. You’ll be a paid employee from Day One while learning the skills employers require and earning an income vs. paying for your education! In a typical program, the first year will see you complete three certifications with a corresponding pay raise for each one.

As an apprentice, you’ll have guidance and one-to-one mentorship you’re not likely to get in college or in a standard job. You’ll meet weekly with a Personal Success Coach to review your progress, not only on the technical requirements of the job but on the “soft” people skills that are so valuable to employers and so important to your future.

Best of all, there’s no cost to you, the apprentice. No loans, no debt.

Go to college or go professional? The decision might be easier than you think.

Ready to learn more? Contact Franklin Apprenticeships.