It’s Never “Too Late” To Take The Next Step
Congratulations! Whether you have decided to take the leap and go back to school to further your education and improve your career options, or you are still on the fence wondering if it is the right move for you, you’ve landed here because you’ve started doing your research.
If you are like many prospective students, you are over the age of 25 and unhappy with your current career. You want something better for your future and a better way to provide for your family. Or, you simply discovered your calling and are ready to join the medical profession. Whatever your situation, Montes Healthcare College is here to help you take the next step and enroll in a medical program that suits your needs.
Discover Your “Why”
This biggest hesitation people admit they have about returning to school is finding the time and recognizing the value of continuing their education. For many adults, they entered the workforce right of high school, continuing their entry-level job and worked their way up. Many people don’t even stop to consider returning to school until they are either unhappy in their career, have found that there is not much more opportunity for advancement, or they simply cannot provide for their growing families on the income they currently make. If you are a part of the latter group, going back to school may seem counter intuitive. But, as the old adage goes sometimes you have to spend money to make money. This directly relates to taking some time off of work to return to school or paying for a program out of pocket. In the long run, most times it is worth it.
Whatever your reason is, find your why and remind yourself often. The most common whys include:
- Offering a better future for your kids
- Being happier in your career
- Job security or career advancement
- A personal sense of accomplishment
When making the decision to return to school, discover your why and hold onto it.
Work Out the Details
So, you’ve decided you want to go back to school, what’s next? Now you’ve got to clarify your objective and make the move. Follow these steps to going back to school.
- Evaluate your life — your goals, time, and support. Consider all the factors that will affect your academic success.
- Get ready to be a student — can you set aside the time?
- Narrow your career path and decide on your major.
- Know the educational requirements of the job you want.
- Look into schools that offer the program you want to pursue. Reach out to their admissions office to find out about enrollment requirements and program obligations.
- Figure out the funding. Apply for grants and scholarships, look for jobs that offer employment assistance. Talk directly with the school’s financial advisor.
- Apply and get started!
At Montes Healthcare College, we help take the guesswork out of going back to school. If you are interested in joining the growing medical industry as a medical assistant, phlebotomy technician, or medical coding and billing, and you’ve got six months of dedication in you, we’ve got the program to help you reach your goals.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Nervous about returning to school? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Even if you were the model student in high school and that was just last semester, the idea of continuing your education can be scary. Many people think that college requires a lot more, and while they aren’t wrong, even the worst student can be successful if they want to be! Follow these helpful tips to set yourself up for success.
- Create a schedule. This should include your class schedule, but also dictate time for studying, working, and your friends and family.
- Remember to leave some empty time so you don’t get burned out and attempt to keep a balanced schedule. Remember, you are human and you’ll need downtime too!
- Write EVERYthing down. And, we do mean everything! Use a planner for schedules and assignment reminders. Take notes in class, and make lists.
- The simple act of writing things down helps commit them to memory, but with the new challenge of school added to everyday life, writing things down will help reduce your stress.
- Get organized.
- Minimize distractions. Don’t commit to anything new, delete games on your phone, and reduce your time with those who are not supportive of your endeavors. While in class or studying, turn off the tv and put your phone away. Focus the first time and it will reduce the amount of time you spend on it.
- Break up your time. Generally, focus and retention deteriorate after 45 minutes. Take breaks and get back at it.
- Ask questions.
- Eat to fuel your brainpower.
- Get to class 5 to 10 minutes early. This allows your stress to be reduced and you to physically and mentally prepare for the task at hand.
- Avoid procrastination and “cramming.”
- SLEEP. Even when it seems like you don’t have time, make sure you get a full night’s rest. This will have your brain firing at full capacity and helps store all the information.
- Believe you can.
Let Montes Healthcare College Get You There
At Montes Healthcare College, our goal is to help prepare our students for a successful career in the medical field. This begins with a successful training program. Our educators are here to support and encourage our students. We recognize that each student is unique and comes to us from different backgrounds and other obligations. Connect with our staff to find the support you need to continue your education and elevate your career today.