Did you try college and find out that it's just not your cup of tea? Perhaps you never planned to attend college in the first place. For whatever reason that you're not attending college, you are probably trying to decide what you want to do to find meaningful employment. From being an entrepreneur to becoming an industrial electrician, here are some ideas for you to consider.

Be An Entrepreneur - You might be very surprised at how successful an individual can be without having a college diploma and, in some cases, without having even a high school diploma. Anne Beiler, founder of a successful pretzel company, and Ansel Adams, the famous photographer, didn't even finish high school. And Charles Culpeper who made Coca Cola world famous, didn't have much of a formal education either. What these people did have was a dream and great determination. If you have a product or a skill that you think might be worth promoting, go for it! It will be helpful for you to talk to others who have succeeded in their chosen profession to see if they have counsel that can help you get started. 

Obtain Certification - While it may sound tempting to quit high school, that's probably not your best bet. Getting your high school diploma opens other doors for you, whether they are to further your education or to help you find meaningful employment. One example of how high school helps you to both further your education and find meaningful employment is if you want to become an industrial electrician. You definitely need a high school diploma to get the training and the certification to become an industrial electrician. Industrial electricians test, repair, and maintain all different types of electrical equipment. Classroom training followed by working on actual equipment and then serving as an apprentice lead to a world of opportunities because industrial electricians are in high demand. You'll also need to bake a basic examination before you receive your certification. If you are interested in pursuing this type of career, here are some things that might be helpful for you to know.

  • A good knowledge of math and science will be very helpful.
  • You need to know that being an industrial electrician can be stressful. When equipment is down, it needs to be repaired right away.
  • If you are not comfortable in high places, you need to know ahead of time that, as an industrial electrician, you may need to climb machines that can be pretty tall.
  • Are you claustrophobic? Industrial electricians often have to crawl into tight spaces or spend time in confined spaces.
  • Are you willing to continue to learn added skills? For example, robotic repair is getting more and more sophisticated. You'll need to be ready for that.

Of course, there are many other careers that will require certification or licensing besides being an industrial electrician. Becoming a beautician, a cosmetologist, and many careers in the medical world require high school and then further training. Visit trade schools and job fairs to learn more about many different opportunities that await you.

To find out more about becoming an industrial electrician, contact a company such as Brian Thornton Sons Electric.