The changing environment on the job today fuels a rapidly growing trend in education. Several workforce factors influence today’s education system.
A traditional college degree program offers some very valuable information that is necessary when job hunting after graduation but it comes with extensive studies in a number of other studies, as well. This provides the student the opportunity to earn an academic-based education that incorporates many fields of study.
Not every student is interested in the academic aspect of a college education, however, and many choose to attend vocational schools instead. In vocational school, the studies are more focused on the skills and education needed to get a job, and to get it quicker, than students in a more traditional program of studies that integrates other disciplines.
The workplace of today is becoming more specialized, as technological advances have introduced more machinery and equipment than ever before. In vocational school, a student becomes familiar with the technologies, the equipment and machinery, so he or she can launch a career at a higher level of competency than someone just starting off and learning on the job.
In fact, in many occupations, employers require perspective employees to have the appropriate documentation to show satisfactory completion of vocational school, even if the documentation is a certificate, license, or diploma.
More and more occupations require licensing by the state where the work will be performed and, in many cases, state licensure depends upon completion of vocational school classes in the occupation desired.
The term vocational school is almost always interchangeable with the terms technical school and trade school. Different terms have been used over the years and different occupations influence the terminology used.
Completion of vocational school is particularly attractive to employers in certain occupations, such as health care and information technologies. These two fields are growing rapidly and competition for the better-paying jobs is rather keen.
In times past, a lot of the knowledge gained by attending vocational school could also be learned on the job but today's employer usually considers the voluntary education to be a mark of ambition, confidence, and independence, all characteristics admired in an employee.