@RojoLoco said in Salary, Are You At Your Areas Median:
Even though it is possible, it's pretty far from likely to happen. Plus, those of us who are around your age had zero access to these revelations that you now post online. Additionally, many people change their minds about what career to pursue as they go from HS to college or working. Very few people have the laser like focus on "I want my career to be this" when they are in freaking grade school. I think you're failing to look at what actually happens in the real world for the bulk of people that exist. Sure, anyone could do what you did, but how many even know that such a path (skip college, go to work) even exists??? Very few when I was that age. Think about the realistic type of life that the vast majority of people live... it's nothing like yours. That's my point. You are drawing your conclusions based on what a few individuals (like count them on one hand few) have done vs. the other 98%, which is what most of the rest of us here are.
I guess what I never understand in a discussion of this nature is... what difference does "it isn't likely to happen" have to do with what I said? I never said that people following the path that I did was likely. Only that it was open to nearly all people. It's not like I won the lottery and that's how it happened. It's all about choices and options that are widely available.
And yes, few people know about these options, but that's why I'm preaching them all of the time. Because people need to know about them! If the solution was "go to college, get two certs, get a good job and retire" no one would need to say anything because their high school guidance counselor would handle everything for us.
My conclusions are about what is available to people. I never suggest in any way that people HAVE done this, only that they could have.