Considering career training and career schools? Ask these important questions.
Career Schools and Career Training
More than 80% of the next decade’s top 30 jobs require post-secondary degrees or certified training to enter or advance in the field. With the future in mind, investing your time and money in school and training is an excellent choice for almost any career. Your investment and commitment deserve to be taken seriously. Start out right by asking questions and creating a plan before taking the plunge.
What are my goals and how will I reach them? Where do you want to be in 5 years? The right education and training strengthens your job entry position, hastens career advancement and insures additional opportunity in the future. Research your chosen career path and decide which education moves you have to make to get there. In addition to classes, be sure to consider interim jobs and assignments and volunteer or part-time work that add up to what you’ll need.
What school choice is right for me? Do you need a degree, a license or a certification? What accreditations must the school have to be valid in your chosen field? Will your choice of schools strengthen your employment options and opportunities? Do you need test scores to gain admittance? Is starting out with Junior College an option? Will JC units transfer to a high-level institution later on? Are on-line courses or hybrid programs a good choice for you?
Do I have the financial resources I need? What kind of tuition is involved? How much will books and equipment cost? Will you need financial aid? Can you qualify for it? When is the money disbursed, and to whom? Are scholarships or tuition reimbursement available to you? Money troubles in school set you up for learning and grade failure. Plan accordingly.
How does my schedule or my lifestyle need to change while I’m in school? Should you or will you be able to work while you attend school? Will your work hours need to change? How will your home and family life need to change to support your decision and commitment? What kinds of extra-curricular and recreational activities will fit into the scheme of things once you start school?
Doing your career school homework is time well spent. By answering these tough questions, you’ll be sure to choose the program that’s perfect for you.