Q:

I will be graduating from high school in June and am interested in working somewhere in the medical field, probably in a hospital. I don't want to go to college for four years. How do I find the training that I will need? - Senior

A:

First of all, you need to get an idea of what type of medical jobs there are so you can determine which one is right for you. A visit to a career counselor at a community college or career or trade school should give you this information, along with the educational requirements for different jobs. Be sure to find out if there are graduates or current students you can talk to about the career that most interests you. If possible, arrange to job-shadow someone working in this area.

Caution: Be sure to avoid "diploma mills" that offer fraudulent degrees. You can go online to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation to find a master list of accredited colleges and career and trade schools.