so...you pick out a trade school.
you say, this career sounds pretty good, they gotta be paying money for that!
you go down, talk to the school,
they say "we have job assistance and really high rate of employment after graduation"
they say "we had a guy last year who landed a job for 90K his first year"
they say "the government says the average wage in this career is 100k"
they say "if you can't afford 10k for the school ,we put you in a low-interest government loan"
so you sign up for the trade school, they say the loan is too big for the government to handle it so they have to split it.
they place you in open loan for 6%, one for 7% , and a high interest private loan for 19%
you can't pay off the 19% until you pay the 6 and 7.
if you miss any payment, which the average person will, Sallie Mae starts compounding interest and starts trying to drive you into bankruptcy.
why? there can only be one reason, once you go into default, they simply go to the government and collect their money plus interest, while your credit gets screwed, and judges don't allow you to file bankruptcy on it.
you find out that everyone is getting hired at a company who fires everyone 3 months later.
it turns out the school has a deal wit hthe company.
you find out that the guy who graduated trade school and earned 90k in his first year, landed an impossible job that you will never get, because that company thought it would be cute to say they had a guy from Laos working for them.
(you find out later he sued and won a lawsuit from that company for 2.3 million for racial discrimination)
you find out that even though the government says the median wage for your career is 100k , everyone you meet is making no where near that.
you find out that the wonderful career that you paid over 10k for trade school, and paid the government all kinds of fees for licensing, pays 10 bucks per hour.
well , i suppose you can pay 40k per year for REAL schooling, see how that pans out.
you can compete with my cousins who are in their early 20's, both of them have master's degrees.
as a matter of fact, i think my cat got her master's last summer.