Education and Training

When investigating different career alternatives, one constant factor you have to consider is your level of skills, education, and training. Each occupation requires a particular set of them. Now that you have chosen a specific occupation as your dream job, you will want to look again at exactly what qualifications are needed. (If you haven’t done this step yet, now would be a good time to do it.)

After you have identified the qualifications you need, the next step is to decide how you will go about acquiring those you don’t have. Quite often, you will need to return for some type of schooling to get a specific degree, diploma, or certificate. Or it may require developing certain skills through less formal channels.

Whichever route you need to take, keep the following points in mind:

  • Double check the importance or necessity of the qualifications. If further schooling is needed, make sure the program or courses you enroll in are recognized by employers. This can’t be stressed too much. You don’t want to spend four years in college getting a degree that nobody in your chosen occupation accepts as valid.

  • Contact the school or schools that offer the program you plan to take to make sure you have all the requirements you need to enroll in the program.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to start investigating your options. Talk with your parents, teachers, or career counselors about the choices you plan to make. The less hurried your decision, the more likely it will be the right decision.
    There are a lot of places to continue your education. Look into four-year colleges and universities (the difference is whether or not they offer
graduate degrees). Also, check into two-year community colleges, which
can offer a less-expensive start toward a bachelor’s degree or an
applied or certificate program. For example, look at the list of such
Programs from A to Z offered by Washtenaw Community College.
choosing a trade apprenticeship Apprenticeship Programs allow you
to be paid while you are trained for
a high-wage, high-skill career.
There are lots of ways to gain skills and experience that don’t involve
formal education, such as volunteering and working abroad.
Financial assistance may play a role in determining what route you take to your
future career.
financial aid

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