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:
|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.
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
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