Going to career college is exciting. You’ve embarked on a journey that can lead to new experiences, new opportunities, and a new quality of life for you. It can also be challenging and even overwhelming, especially if you’re balancing a job and family obligations while you study.
Before you start your program, we want to
offer you some advice for making the most of your college experience—inside and
outside the classroom.
One of the most important things you can do
to make the most of your experience at career college is to take ownership of
your learning. That means being proactive about your studies. Being proactive
can look like:
- Planning ahead for homework,
projects and other deadlines, so you don’t wind up pulling all-nighters at the
- Setting aside study and
discussion time for your online classes.
- Researching any certifications
your program may prepare you for, so you are familiar with the test format and
Someone once said that “90% of life is
showing up.”[i] The other 10% is taking an active role once you get there. Come to class ready
to learn and participate, and you’ll be well on your way to getting the full
educational value of every hour you spend in class.
- Bring a question to every class
and make sure to ask it.
- Volunteer to demonstrate a
skill if your instructor asks you to.
- Don’t be shy about contributing
to group discussions, projects, or exercises.
Don’t forget to take part in activities
outside the classroom when you can, too! Volunteering opportunities, clubs, and
even informal meet-up groups can lead to anything from supportive friendships
to potential career contacts. Learning to work more effectively with others in
professional situations, whether it’s inside or outside the classroom, will
help you in your future career.
Be Career Focused
Going to career college is all about
preparing to pursue a new career. Make use of the extracurricular resources
your college provides to ensure you’re as ready as possible when the time
comes. At Altierus Career College, our students can take advantage of:
- One-on-one career advising,
including which educational program to choose.
- Resume and cover letter
- Mock interviews with career
- Networking opportunities with
- An internal social network
connecting students and faculty.
Don’t forget that your instructors also
bring professional experience to the classroom. Ask them for advice about
getting started in their field of expertise.
Finally, remember that most people struggle
somewhere along the way during their college journey. Take a little time before
starting your program to ensure you know what resources and support are
available to you, whether it’s within your circle of friends and family or on
campus. Altierus students can receive advice and support with:
- Tutoring for any class subject.
- Finding childcare.
- Accessing transportation
- Contacting local support
services for other issues.
We also offer a student ambassador program
for peer-to-peer support. Sometimes, you just need a little encouragement from
a fellow student who’s right there with you.
Ready to get started on your new career
journey? Find out how Altierus Career College can offer the training and
personalized support you need. Contact us today!