Breaking The Mold
Updated: Jun 13, 2019
My name is Avery Caton and this is my first official blog post on my newly created website!
Today I’m going to tell you how this small town girl is breaking the mold.
“What is the mold?” You ask? Simply put, the “mold” is the norm.
My whole life I have never been one to ‘go with the flow’, if you will. Things most people saw as strict rules were seen as suggestions to me. Now, I wasn’t always this way. As a child, I was as much of a goody-two-shoes as they come. But as a teenager I suffered through years of chronic illness and learned the hard way that I was not going to be able to do “the norm” even if I wanted to, so I began to embrace the thought of creating my own path in this world.
My first BIG step into this new way of life was to come to terms with the fact that college was not for me. You may be thinking to yourself “Avery, a lot of people decide to not go to college.. You’re not special.”
Well let me tell you why this is different.
Those who usually decide to not go to college don’t end up going out into the same field as those who have college degrees.
I feel that college is just a glorified piece of paper that says
“Hi. I paid a lot of money to have my name put on this paper next to a well-known establishment’s name to prove to you that I am now in a ton of debt and have absolutely no experience in what I would like you to hire me to do.”
Doesn’t sound too smart, does it?
If you were anything like my dad, you would say, “Avery, it doesn’t matter what you think about the system... It’s not going to change and you need to follow the rules if you plan to have a successful career.”
I’m here to prove to you all that this is not the case.
I am going to be one of those who will help others open their eyes to the fact that the education system is broken.
We deserve better.
I am starting the next leg of my off-road path tomorrow with The Praxis Program.
This program teaches you the ins and outs of everything business in 2 sets of 6 months. The first 6 months focuses on learning Sales, Marketing, Coding, Operations, etc. They then help you figure out what you’re best at and teach you how to sell yourself to convince your future employer why they want to hire you over someone else who has a college degree but nowhere near as much experience.
In the second 6 months, you are placed with one of Praxis’ business partners who hires you for an apprenticeship that pays you more than you paid for the program itself. You finish out your year with that business parter, and if you’ve done your job well, they may even hire you on full time when your 6 months is over.
Sounds fool proof, huh?
Follow my Praxis journey to find out.
Until next time,