I have wasted a lot of money trying to find my nitch. After high school I went to college for a year and didn't do well at all. Then I kind messed around for another year trying to something. I joined the military.
After getting out I wasted more time and money by trying to go back to college. Still class room book work is NOT my thing.
I have thought about doing hair and make up secretly but have kept it to myself, mainly because I thought growing up it was something my dad wouldnt approve of.
I did work for 2 years in a medical office. I was making great money, but still not happy. We moved recently and I have finally got the courage to go to school. I took a tour today and loved it. Even though I am starting in something I barely know I am excited to try my hand it. I am creative and hands on. Plus I dont have to be a high end hair and make up artist can just be me. My goal is be self employed with a steady clientel.
It still bugs me my dad is not on bored. I have given him my reasons why, he says I dont have explain myself, but I can tell he thinks this a dumb career. I feel it dumb that wasted all that time and money.
Btw all his suggestions required lots of class room work and time 2-4 years which I don't want to do. One being money I only have a year left of the gi bill and don't want to fail again. Two, everything he suggested was great for my sister or his wife's two grown girls not me.
With my kids if they feel that college or military isnt their thing, having a trade is just good and worthy. I see that not everyone is college material and there are options out there where you just don't need it. Both dh and I have been very sucessful without a college degree and make enough money to be comfortable with a coushion.
Please think about not pressuring kids into college, instead encourage them to seek out their strengths and use them to have career.