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Making the Most of Your Career College Experience

Posted Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 by Altierus

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.

 Be Proactive

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 last minute.
  • 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 topics.

Be Engaged

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 development.
  • Mock interviews with career services staff.
  • Networking opportunities with local employers.
  • 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.

Be Resilient

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 options.
  • 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. 

Be Inspired

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!

[i] http://blslibraryblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/90-of-life-is-showing-up.html

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