Going to school is such an important step in someone’s life, but it is one that requires a ton of dedication and time. Sadly, a lot of us put education on a back burner because the idea of a 4-8 year degree is overwhelming and terrifying! That’s a pair of shoes I am sure most of us can wear. So what do we do? Do we give up; do we throw in the towel and blame the hands of time for not moving forward? I say no, I say take a different route to a similar destination.
In today’s economy education has become a hot topic; and those of us who are not educated are being left behind at the unemployment line. Even the greatest of resumes are being pushed aside if you have no training to back up your skills. With education becoming a standard requirement for a career, schools have made it easier than ever to get the training you need. The traditional route for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is NOT the only way to reach your goals.
A form of higher education that often gets over looked are technical and trade schools. There are plenty of programs and certifications that one can acquire in a small amount of time, some take as little as a few months. The options are endless; careers ranging from electrician, bookkeeping, paralegal, dental assistant, medical assistant, medical billing and coding just scratch the surface of a wide range of professions you can choose from. These are all respectable and lucrative careers with stable futures, and stability is something to be grateful for these days.
The programs range in time frames of 4 months to 2 years; and most of them can be completed online. The beauty of online programs is that they can be done on your own time. As long as you have access to the Internet, you have a classroom. For single parents this is a great benefit, we don’t lose out on time with our kids and we can still work, all while working on furthering our education. There’s no pressure to get to class on time or to find a babysitter, you will have the flexibility to do things on your own time.
If you are worried about funding, don’t’ be. Depending on the program or school that you choose, you will more than likely be able to find some form of financial assistance. There are loans, scholarships and grants for these programs, just like there is for colleges and universities.
Becoming a certified or trained professional validates what you know and your skills to future employers and colleagues, and pushes your resume up to the top of the list. There are no excuses for not bettering yourself, only obstacles that you need to overcome. If you don’t have time, make it, if you don’t have money, find it and if your not motivated, dig deeper. The future you want is within your grasp; all you have to do is reach for it and hold on tight for the ride.
Written by Veronica Diaz