Gen Z is Ditching Degrees for This! (Trending with Timmerie)

Gen Z: The Next Tool Belt Generation ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
Timmerie investigates the fascinating trend of Gen Z (ages 14-27) ditching traditional degrees for trade schools! Inspired by Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame, she explores why young people, especially men, are flocking to trades like welding, electricity, and construction. ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿญ

Key Highlights:

Trade School Surge! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”ง
Enrollment in trade schools is up by 16%, and there’s a 23% increase in students diving into construction jobs post-high school. This shift is a clear reaction to the skyrocketing student debt and uncertain job prospects for degree holders.

AI Impact ๐Ÿค–๐Ÿ’ผ
Mike Rowe says that while AI threatens white-collar jobs, blue-collar roles like electricians and pipe fitters are booming! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ”ง

Debt-Free Ambition ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿšซ
Gen Z is sidestepping massive student loans, opting instead for certifications and hands-on skills. Timmerie notes many millennials regret not taking this route, burdened by student debt that’s often more than a mortgage. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“‰

Revaluing Work Ethic ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ
Timmerie emphasizes shifting from chasing prestige to valuing hard work and provision. Inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas, itโ€™s about cultivating a solid work ethic and enjoying the fruits of labor now. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ

Catholic Trade Schools ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ™
Excitingly, Catholic trade schools are sprouting nationwide, combining skill training with spiritual formation! Examples include College of St. Joseph the Worker in Ohio and Santiago Trade School in California. These institutions are not only teaching trades but also instilling theological values. โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ—๏ธ

Empowering Men ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿญ
Timmerie touches on how trades are turning boys into men, equipping them with life skills like changing a light bulb, fixing a doorknob, or checking car tires. Itโ€™s a pushback against the “anti-male” education bias in universities. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’ก

Practical Advantages ๐Ÿ’ผโœจ
Blue-collar jobs often pay more and offer quicker paths to financial stability than many white-collar roles. They’re also seen as more fulfilling, with workers gaining confidence and potentially moving into self-employment. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ฐ

The St. Joseph Reminder ๐Ÿ› ๏ธโœจ
Celebrating St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st, Timmerie reflects on restoring the dignity of labor, mentioning that meaningful work isnโ€™t limited to corporate offices but thrives in hands-on trades. ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ๐Ÿ™


Encourage the next generation to explore trades! Not only do these careers offer financial stability without the heavy debt load, but they also provide fulfilling, hands-on work that contributes significantly to society.

๐ŸŒŸ Ready to get your hands dirty? ๐ŸŒŸ

Talk to a young person today about the exciting opportunities in trade schools and how they can start building a successful, debt-free future!

๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ #TradeSchoolsRock #GenZTrades #StJosephTheWorker

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radioยฎ. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radioยฎ app.