Researching your training options is a helpful way to narrow down your career focus
If you are looking for a new job, or trying to figure out what to do after high school, you might want to think about career-focused training. Unlike 2-year or 4-year college programs, most career-focused training can be completed in less than one year’s time, allowing you to be ready to enter the workforce in a relatively short period of time.
Here are some reasons you might want to consider this type of training.
1. Career-focused training schools offer a wide range of job fields from which to choose.
What are your career interests? What are your ambitions? Career schools offer a wide variety of choices when it comes to picking a career field. Many of the programs are in the field of allied health, while others are in business management, hospitality, or information technology. Below are some of the typical programs that may be available at a career school near you.
- Medical assistant
- Dental assistant
- Pharmacy technician
- Medical biller
- Medical coder
- Surgical technician
- Anesthesia technology
- Dialysis technology
- Massage therapist
- Professional fitness trainer
- Paramedic training
- Computer networking and security
- Computer support technician
- Graphic design and animation
- Culinary arts
- Hotel and restaurant management
2. The training can usually be completed in less than one year.
Most of the programs at career-focused training schools are designed to be completed in less than one year. The schools offer accelerated training programs that focus only on the skills and training that will be needed in the particular career field. Basic academic prerequisites which are often required at 4-year colleges are typically not part of the career school curriculum. This allows students to complete their training quickly, and have the skills they need to look for employment in their new field.
3. Most career training schools offer job search support.
The success of career schools is measured on how well they prepare their students for the workforce. Most career schools have Career Services departments that are specifically devoted to helping students with their job searches as they get close to graduation. They often offer resume-writing support, mock interviews, suggestions for networking, tips about job leads, job fair opportunities, and may even provide job references. Before choosing a career training school, ask the school about their Career Services department. Find out what kinds of job search support they offer, and ask to see statistics about their job placement rate.
If career training school sounds like a good option for you, you may want to start exploring your options now. Once you have located some nearby schools, be sure to do your research thoroughly. You should find a school that is accredited, which means that a third-party accrediting board has found that the school’s programs meet certain standards. Also find out how long the school has been in operation, and be sure it offers the programs that are most interesting to you. Find out its job placement rates for graduates. Research your career field possibilities and make sure there seem to be job openings before you enroll. Take the time to visit each school at least once and don’t sign any papers until you are sure you want to apply.
Then, once you have made your decision, be sure to study hard and stick with your plan. With these tips, we hope you make the career training decision that is right for you!