Whether you’re just starting out, our you’ve been freelancing for years, it may be time to stop and think about your education. You may already have a degree, but learning a new set of skills can help advance your freelance career to the next level. Many of the fastest growing fields in the United States don’t require a degree, but they do require some advanced knowledge and skills.
Today, many high school students go on to get a 4-year degree because it’s expected of them, or because they think it’s the natural next step. But college grads aren’t using their degrees, and instead go to work in fields that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. But there are other options if you’re thinking of going back to school.
While getting a bachelor’s or advanced degree is becoming increasingly unaffordable, trade schools and community colleges are still affordable, and after 10 years in working in the field, trade school and college grads have similar earning potential.
Trade schools offer a fast-track education with hands-on learning. Community colleges are less expensive and offer a more rounded education, and usually emphasize a classroom-based education. For either option, many schools will let you learn part-time or online, so you won’t have to give up your career to get an education.
Whether you’re looking to add a new dimension to your skillset, or learn to specialized in a specific field, furthering your education will teach you new skills to use in your current career or to offer to clients.
Many programs beginning to offer programs in entrepreneurship or small business management, which could improve your efficiency and operations. Professional licensing or certification could help you attract new clients and will keep your knowledge and skill set up to date with industry standards.
Check out this infographic to learn more about trade schools and community colleges: