Smart questions to ask before enrolling in a career training program
Are you ready to get to the next level in your career? Going back to school to learn new job skills can be a good move. But if you’re already in the working world, you may wonder how to juggle your job and your studies.
Here are three real-world considerations to think about before starting a professional medical assistant, medical billing and coding or massage therapist training program.
How long is the program?
At Salter, most programs take anywhere between 10 and 18 months to complete, unlike colleges which may take two- to four-years, or more. Because Salter doesn’t require electives or “filler” classes like many colleges, students are able to focus their studies on the skills they need to learn to enter a new professional field.
Many people who have full-time jobs prefer to take evening classes. That way they’re able to continue working full-time while going to school. However, it’s important to note that most programs require a several-month-long externship that students may or may not be able to work in around existing jobs. Be sure to speak to our admissions specialists if this is a concern for you – they are well accustomed to working with students who have full-time jobs, and may have some insight into how to handle your particular situation.
The average class size at Salter is small (compared to colleges), which means instructors are in a position to work with students individually. The students within each program of study all attend the same classes, which allows them to get to know one another rather well and provides opportunities to form study groups.
How much does it cost?
Securing the funds to continue your education can be daunting. That’s why Salter has a Financial Aid department to help students through the process of applying for loans and grants. Bonus: Once you file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the application is good for any school you apply to – even if it’s not Salter.
Salter’s Financial Aid professionals can also give you a clear picture of your total out-of-pocket costs for your education and discuss options for payment plans.
How will I get my foot in the door after my studies are over?
Of course, training is an important piece of the puzzle, but that alone may not be enough to launch a new career.
Salter’s Career Services department works with students to select externship locations, prepare for interviews, and search for jobs.
Best of all, Career Services is available as a resource to graduates as well. It’s just one more way that Salter invests in its students’ ongoing success.
Interested in learning more about the advantages of enrolling at The Salter School? Schedule a tour or request more information.