Step 3 – Learn about your education options Students today have a number of ways they can prepare for a career. Which of the follow- ing options will be the best choice for you? Four-Year College A four-year college education (bachelor’s degree) can provide students with a wide range of career opportunities. Two-Year College These colleges offer affordable one- and two-year career programs. Students can also start at a com- munity college and transfer to a four-year college. Career and Trade School Career and trade schools offer short-term training in a number of career fields. Some programs last only a few weeks; others take a year or more to complete. Apprenticeship Apprentices learn a skilled trade through a com- bination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Military The U.S. military offers enlistees free job training in over 2,000 job specialties.