Nov 14, 201701:04 PMMaking Madison
with Buckley Brinkman
Finally, recognizing career success can be found outside a 4-year degree
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The conversation FINALLY changed last week during a lunch with Joe (his real name) and another friend. We were discussing careers, how they would evolve, and the best ways to prepare for those future careers. Of course, our talk took the usual path — my friend’s children were going to a traditional college, but …
That’s when Joe spoke up. His story started the same way. He encouraged his kids to consider a wide range of options and his first son became a lawyer. Then the plot changed.
Joe’s other two sons took different paths. Both rejected traditional four-year college and pursued their particular interests. Phillip took advanced placement classes in high school and graduated with his diploma plus an associate degree in mechanics from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). After graduation, he earned a second degree in bodywork and now holds a terrific job plying his trade with the U.S. Postal Service.
Michael also took his own road — a dual path. He attended NWTC and earned his degree in computer technology. Then, he joined the Army Reserves and took almost every computer class they offered and broadened his capabilities. Michael will leave the reserves next year, with a great portfolio and ready for his next challenge.
FINALLY one of my friends was walking the talk. It was his two sons who created terrific careers without four-year degrees or crushing student debt. Both sons hold family-supporting jobs and their options for the future are wide open. Oh yeah — the lawyer is doing well, too.
Maybe we are finally reaching full-acceptance of alternative paths to success!
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