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Choosing a Program: Which Trade Is Best for Me?

Trade school is a popular choice for many people who want a career change. It’s also an alternative to community college or traditional university, which typically take two to four years to complete. In comparison, students can complete a trade program and enter the field much more quickly. You may agree that the benefits of trade school are clear—but how do you know which trade to pursue? Read on to learn how to make the right choice.

How do I choose a trade?

For some students, choosing a trade is easier than determining which vocational school to attend. Other students might have their sights set on a specific technical school, but they’re struggling to narrow down which trade program they want to pursue at that school. What should they do? Successful decision-making starts by breaking the task into manageable steps.

Get started with these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to making a solid choice in no time:

  • Compare

Evaluate different trade schools based on the programs offered, faculty, hands-on learning opportunities, job placement assistance, and other factors.

  • Research

Look into the trades that interest you. Research the industry, the day-to-day responsibilities, the tools and the working environment. Consider how a trade aligns with your passions and career goals. Could you imagine yourself in the field?

  • Request

Contact your top trade schools to ask for more information. Ask questions about the trade programs that interest you, the classrooms and shops where you’d spend time learning, and request a tour of the school so you can feel firsthand if it’s a good fit for you.

Can I take more than one trade program at once?

In some cases, students may want to pursue two trade programs. For example, a student may be interested in enrolling in Apex’s construction and electrical programs. At Apex, we encourage students to focus on one program at a time. Students learn hands-on trade skills, splitting 900 learning hours between the classroom and the shop.

Some students choose to return to Apex to enroll in a second program after they complete their first program. Apex welcomes students to return for more hands-on learning. In fact, some are second-generation students whose parents attended Apex before them.

Related: Tips to Find a Trade School


Find a Trade Program That’s Right for You at Apex

Since Apex Technical School opened its doors in 1961, it has trained tens of thousands of students. Our variety of trade programs offer students a hands-on, quality education. If you’re interested in a career change or pursuing a field you’re passionate about, contact us today. We can help you find a trade program that’s right for you.

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.