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Many career experts advise that everyone learn a trade, even if you decide not to go into that field. That way you’ll always have something to fall back on. Now with recently approved regulations in New York State, learning a trade, such as cooking, bookkeeping, or welding, will count toward high school graduation requirements.

Students will still have to pass tests in math, English, science and history, but those who pass an exam in a career-related subject will be allowed to skip one of two mandated social science exams.

According to State Education Department official, the new qualifications were enacted to diversify graduation requirements in the public high schools and bring them up to date, reports The New York Daily News.

“These new pathways to graduation will give students confidence, competence, and a real choice,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

The new rules will go into effect in 2015 in all New York State public high schools.

“We are broadening our efforts across the city to ensure we are preparing our students for college as well as the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said New York City schools boss Carmen Fariña.

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