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How to Make Sure Career Training is Worth the Investment

Published: January 2, 2019 | Updated: November 10, 2020

With any major investment, it’s smart to do your research before you spend your money to make sure it’ll be worth it. This is especially true when it comes to your education.

Here’s how to make sure career training is worth the investment.

Make Sure It’s the Right Type of Program for You

Do you have a full-time job or one with unpredictable hours? Kids? Seasons when you’re required to work more than usual? These are all factors that can make it seem impossible to complete a career training program. But with the right kind of program, you can make your education work with your schedule, not the other way around. Maybe all-online is best for you, because then you can study whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. Or maybe you’d like a blended learning program with some classes taught in the classroom and others online, so that you get in-person interaction with the added flexibility of online training. Look for a program where you’ll feel most apt to succeed.


Find Out What Types of Jobs Graduates Might Get

Before you start any program, it’s a good idea to make sure that it will prepare you for the type of career you dream of. For example, maybe you want to have a career in health care that gives you flexibility to work in different positions. Will a Medical Assistant program teach you how? Or maybe you want to work in an office or at a nonprofit; ask yourself, will a business degree help you do that? Check out the school’s website, do an online search or even contact the school directly and speak with someone from the department who can share these details with you. You’ll get the most value out of your career training if you know going in that it’s setting you on the path you want.


Make Sure Your Training is Forward-Thinking

A good career training program prepares you for the future in your field. When you research a program or meet with an adviser, find out how they stay up to date with the best practices, technologies, trends and laws that affect your industry. In order to help set you up for career success, the program should teach you the latest skills and information with the most current tools.


Make Sure the Teachers Have the Right Credentials

You want to learn from passionate teachers who care about your success. Whether your teachers currently work in the industry and teach part-time or used to work in the field you hope to enter, they should be well-qualified to teach you. Before you sign up for a program, find out who the educators are and how their own education and experience make them the right people to train you.


Make Sure You’ll Have the Support You Need

Part of a good academic experience is having people at the school who care about your success and will help you do well. For example, at Charter College, we have several student resources you can benefit from, including a Financial Aid office, academic advising, and Career Services. The Financial Aid department will help you determine if you qualify for financial aid. Academic advising services are available if you need help with coursework and test prep. And when you’re ready to look for employment, Career Services will help you perfect your resume, prepare for interviews, and more.


If you’re ready to begin on a new career path with a program that offers you these benefits and more, contact Charter College today. We’ll help you prepare for success in business, health care, trades, veterinary care and information technology.