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Fitting School into Your Career: Here’s How

Published: June 17, 2015 | Updated: January 25, 2019

Did you know that the more you learn, the more you’re likely to earn? In 2013, adults who had their bachelor’s degrees earned more than twice as much as those who hadn’t graduated high school, and 62 percent more than those who had graduated from high school.1

If you believe that advancing your education could also advance your career, then maybe it’s time to fit school into your career. Here’s how:

Assess your time: Before you set off on a path to continuing education, take an honest look at how much time you’ll be able to dedicate to all the demands of your life. In addition to your work and personal life, you’ll need to allocate time from the beginning to attend real and virtual classes, do assignments, read, and study. If you know beforehand how many hours a day you’ll have to do your school work, you’ll be more likely to find academic success.

Set realistic goals: Why are you going back to school? Is it to attain career skills you don’t already possess? Become a better employee? Or increase your chances for raises or promotions? Consider the reasons you need more training and set realistic goals. Don’t try to jump from your diploma to a master’s degree in your first effort out of the gate. On the other hand, if you’re working full time and already have your bachelor’s degree check out programs that can offer you a fast track path to an advanced degree.

Prepare for some sacrifice: If you’re going to achieve academic and career success, you’re going to have to make a few sacrifices. When your buddies from work make plans to hang out at the end of the day, you may have to take a pass to get to class. And when your classmates are looking for some late night fun, you’ll have to remember that you can’t do your best work on the job if you’re not well-rested.

Ask for help: Have you ever noticed that the people who achieve the most success in their careers also have the most people to thank when they’re accepting awards. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help as you seek out the long term goals for your future. A little bit of help with childcare and meal preparation could give you just the bit of time you need to complete an assignment and get the grades you’re capable of.

At Charter College, we know that all your hard work at school and in your career can really pay off! Check out our fast track programs in business, healthcare, IT, veterinary assistant, trades, and paralegal and find out how we can help you fit school into your career. Classes begin every five weeks. If you’re ready to change your life, start here.