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Career Training — Are You Ready?


What is career training?
How do I find the right program?
How do online classes work?
Do online courses require me to ever sit in a classroom?
Can I work at my own pace?
Will there be someone to help me?
How much do online courses cost?
Are scholarships available?
What are the benefits of online training ?

What is career training?

Career training is focused education designed to prepare you for a specific job once you have finished. For many people, a career training school can offer many benefits that a four-year school can't and is often a more logical choice. Career colleges offer some or all of these advantages:

  • Practical classes
  • Career programs
  • Job placement
  • Wide variety of courses
  • Personalized degree tracks
  • Practical schedules

When someone graduates from a four-year school, they get a degree and are ready to look for a job. The only problem is that they don't know where to start, their college doesn't offer job placement. They don't have any of the practical skills that most employers are looking for and they were never prepared for what a career was going to be like. How can a career training school help you get around this? There are many different ways that a career training school, or technical college, will better prepare you for the real world.

Practical Classes - The reason that technical schools can offer a shorter degree program is because they don't require you to take general education classes where you learn the same things that you did in high school.

Career Programs - Career colleges offer you classes where you actually learn how to perform a job, instead of just giving you a general idea. They offer hands-on experience — the kind that employers look for.

Job Placement - A career college will make sure that you're prepared to get a job and keep that job when you graduate. They can give you the skills to step into your career immediately, without much on- the-job training.

Variety - Career training schools offer degrees in a wide variety of programs, many of which aren't even available at four-year schools.

Personalized Programs - A career training school will custom-build a career program for you. They will work with your schedule, help you with employment and even help you with financial aid. Some will even assist you in finding childcare if you need it.

Time - Career colleges can help you earn a degree in a significantly shorter period of time so that you spend less time in the classroom and more time getting a job and earning a salary. Career colleges are geared toward making sure that you succeed in the "real world." Their main goal is to get you trained and into a well-paying job. The degrees are practical and they will insure that you have all of the skills you need to succeed in the job that you want to do.

If going to a four-year college so you can graduate without an idea of what to do next doesn't make sense to you, consider a more practical alternative; consider a career college.

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How do I find the right program?

The experts at Career Explorer usually recommend you take the aptitude test in our aptitude section to determine your professional strengths and how to apply them in the workplace. Once this is finished, you can begin searching for matching career college information and programs using our detailed search. If you already know what you wish to study, skip our career training information and begin using our search function to find a matching school in your area, or use us to search for online education resources.

How do online classes work?

While this may vary from school to school, an online class is generally hosted on its own web site. The instructor posts lecture materials and assignments to this site, and there is usually a bulletin board or other discussion forum where students may post comments and questions about the study materials. The instructor may occasionally designate a specific login time for an online chat session, but otherwise you may log in and work at any time. Assignments are e-mailed to the instructor, usually on designated due dates. For many online classes, written coursework takes the place of traditional examinations. When this is not the case, examinations may be offered online or they may be proctored. Many online schools provide students with listings of suitable locations in their area where tests may be taken.

Do online courses require me to ever sit in a classroom?

Some online courses are mixed with tests that require a specific date of attendance, but these courses are usually notated as being different from course programs that are strictly online.

Can I work at my own pace for an online course?

Usually, yes. While some online business education classes or career training programs allow students to complete coursework at an individual pace, many programs associated with traditional schools require online students to maintain the same quarter or semester schedule as traditional students. Make sure you check about that after requesting career training information for online courses.

Will there be someone to help me?

If you are enrolling in an online business degree or career training program, it's highly likely that you will work closely with an academic advisor to plan your curriculum. If you're enrolling only in an online course or two, you can usually rely on your fellow classmates for help with studies.

How much does online training cost?

This varies widely by school and degree program. Students should expect to pay anywhere from a little less than $100 to more than $300 dollars a credit, with average tuition for online programs sponsored by public universities generally falling in the $110-$170 range. Additional registration or enrollment fees may also be charged. One advantage of taking classes online is that out-of-state tuition is not typically charged.

What are benefits of online training?

Travel is expensive. So are many of the other "hidden costs" of attending traditional universities, like parking, food and fuel. Why not train at home where you can take a break when you need to and make your own hours of study? Here's a short list of advantages to online learning:

  • Save on your commute
  • Save on childcare costs
  • Access to training resources at your fingertips
  • Physical accessibility is not an issue
  • Gain perspectives from around the world
  • Stay current with the latest internet technologies
  • Enhance time and project management skills

If you're ready to meet the challenges and rewards of online learning, click below to search for online education resources that will fit your needs.

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