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What Is Vocational

Caroline Said:

What is the success rate of recipients that attend Vocational school?

We Answered:

Before answering your question, I want to clarify a couple things.

When you say "success rate" do you mean "career placement rate" or "graduation rate"? These are obviously two different things. Some schools may graduate almost all of their students, but may not do well with career placement. On the other hand, other schools may have strict graduation requirements, but do well in career placement. And obviously some schools do well or poor in both.

Unfortunately no matter what you're asking, the question isn't that simple. Not all vocational schools are the same, just like not all community colleges or universities are the same.

However, most schools will give you the graduation rates and career placement rates if you ask them. I would encourage you to ask these questions to any school you're interested in, whether it is a vocational school or a government funded institution. I hope that helps.

Good luck!

Chester Said:

Is a Joint Vocational School good for kids who want to go to college?

We Answered:

No, vo-tech is not a good choice if somebody wants to go to college. He should take college prep classes. Vo-tech trains you for jobs that don't require a college degree. For some people it's a great option but not if you want to go to college.

Lynn Said:

What is the degree equivalent for a vocational diploma?

We Answered:

In most cases the hours that you are taking cannot be converted to college credits./

Shirley Said:

How good is a vocational school for Information Technology?

We Answered:

It's better than nothing but it's not as good as the "real thing."

For starters, the assumption is that anyone who goes to a vo-tech school lacks the intellectual horsepower to make it through a real university. This is not an unfair view. Vo-tech schools tend to admit just about anybody and because they tend to admit just about anybody, these schools tend to dumb down their curricula so that just about anybody can graduate. Vo-tech schools also, typically, don't do research and don't have large budgets to attract quality faculty.

In the IT field specifically, the biggest issue I see is that most vo-tech schools tend to focus in on specific technologies and software packages (usually ones that have vendor certification programs built around them). There are two problems with this approach: First, your information is outdated the day the next version of that software comes out. Second, and far more importantly, no amount of training in button pushing can teach you the stuff you really need to know; namely, the theory of information systems and how to best manage and design them.

All that having been said, it's not a bad route overall. You can finish quickly, get your foot in the door and work your way up from the inside. Once you've been in the field for 5-10 years (depending on the type of experience you're getting), not having a degree will become irrelevant.

Antonio Said:

What is the vocational equivalent to a degree in acting?

We Answered:

Are you under 18? You should definitely start by taking good acting classes (through school and possibly even through people who have worked in the industry).

The first step to getting roles is truly getting an agent or a manager. This used to be a lot harder than it is now for minors (15 days to 18 years), so if you are a potential child-actor, you can actually do a lot of searching online.

Either visit to tell them you are interested, for free, in acting or visit for tons of tips and information - even reliable, not scammy, audition opportunities (all of which pay)!!

If you aren't under 18, you could always go to these sites to gather some basic tips. Plus they have a ton of acting schools and coaches listed in their member directory.

Both of these sites are run by qualified industry professionals that have been in the industry for many years and are committed to stomping out scams!

Lillian Said:

What is the difference of academic schools and vocational schools?

We Answered:

Vocational schools focus on teaching students a trade, but they also provide the basics, such as Math, Science, English, etc. The Academic schools typically focus on the normal course work, funding for teachers in this area versus a trade, and teach students what it takes to get into a university.

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