Facts vs. Myths

Myth


I need a college degree to become employed.

Fact


Many employers require a high school diploma or GED as a minimum requirement to employment. While many may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it is not always a requirement. It really depends on the job. Many employers are looking for specific skills rather than a degree. Also, depending on the industry and job, many employers offer opportunities for workers to learn new skills. This presents you with an opportunity to work your way up the ladder to a higher paying job. There are many young adults who have gained valuable skills through technical training and were able to earn a good wage straight out of high school or upon completion of their training.

There is a great debate going on across the nation about whether a college degree is worth the time and money spent. Our recommendation is to research the career you would like to have and the skills and education requirements most employers look for when hiring in that field.

Myth


I will have to move for my career. The jobs available in this area are limited.

Fact


Northeast Texas is home to a diverse workforce. While there are some industries that may have a little bit of a larger presence than others, it does not limit your potential. Many manufacturers offer a wide variety of jobs, some of which require college degrees while others don’t. You can research the labor market data and find that there is a good mix of industries and jobs across the region.

Myth


I can’t afford training offered through higher education.

Fact


There are a number of programs and scholarships available to help offset the cost of training. In addition, many training institutions offer financial aid or payment plans. Review all of the options available by talking to a high school counselor or an adviser with the training institution to find out exactly what classes are required to earn a certificate in a particular field of study (such as medical coding), or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Myth


Manufacturing jobs are hard, dirty jobs.

Fact


It’s true, manufacturing has not always been clean, safe, and full of high-tech equipment. Thanks to advances in technology and a desire for more efficient workplaces, manufacturing often has more in common with hospitals, design studios, or high-tech labs. Large, bulky, and clunky machines have been replaced with modern, precise, computer-guided systems, which make manufacturing safe, productive, and efficient.