How to choose a program that fits well with your lifestyle
If you’re considering going back to school to be a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist/medical billing and coding professional, or massage therapist, you’re probably wondering how career training can fit into your life. Perhaps you’re concerned about how to balance school and work, maybe you’re a parent and have kids to think about, or maybe you’re wondering about financial or commuting issues.
These are all serious considerations and you’re smart to think about these logistics in advance.
Here are four questions you can ask yourself before choosing a career training program to ensure that your school experience can more easily meld with the rest of your life.
Where is the school?
This may seem like an obvious question, but commuting can be a complicated beast. Check out campus locations to see if there’s a school within a reasonable distance.
Consider if you’ll drive to the school, or take a bus or train. See what routes are accessible to the school. (If you’re unable to find transportation options that work for you, keep in mind that many Salter campuses have bulletin boards for people who are looking for carpools. You can call the school to find out more.)
What’s the schedule like?
Think about whether you’d like to attend school full- or part-time. If you plan to work while enrolled in a career training program, a part-time schedule might make sense, even though it will take longer to graduate.
Remember: The better a program fits in with your daily life, the more likely you’ll be to stick with it until graduation.
How will you pay for it?
Cost is understandably a big concern for many prospective students.
Find out if the school has a Financial Aid department to help you look into grant and loan options.
Note: Salter financial aid pros can help potential students fill out applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can then be used to apply to any school.
Will you get real-world experience?
Classroom training is one thing, but having boots-on-the-ground experience under your belt can be a big help when applying for jobs.
Try to focus on schools that include an internship or externship as part of the curriculum. Completing this on-the-job training can help you make important contacts, as well as give you professional experience.
Have other questions about how career training might fit into your life? Request more information or schedule a tour at one of Salter’s campuses in Fall River, Tewksbury, Malden.