7 Tips for Going Back to School

Dec 28 2017

Are you thinking about going back to school? You may want to build an exciting new career or create a source of steady income. There’s a million great reasons to continue your education. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few things you can do to be fully prepared to go back to school. Here’s a few tips to help you get ready:

medical students learning in classroom

    1. 1. Figure out financial aid and enrollment:

      The first step for going back to school is to get enrolled and figure out your financial aid. You’ll need to choose a program that excites you. If you choose something that you’re excited about learning, school will be more fun and feel less tedious. At PCI, financial aid is available to students who qualify. Applying for financial aid is important in making sure your educational experience goes smoothly. The less you have to worry about financing your education the more you can focus on learning new things!

    2. 2. Plan your commute:

      A huge part of planning for school is figuring out how you are going to get there and back again. Are you going to drive to school or use public transportation? How long will it take you to get to school? Planning all these things out before the first day of class can make everything much less stressful.

    3. 3. Find childcare:

      Many of our students at PCI are parents. They are here to build a better life for themselves and their families. If you fall into this group, you’ll need to decide if you’ll need childcare while you’re at school. If you do have kids and want to go to school, contact us. We have daycare connections that our students could take advantage of.

medical student working on her laptop

    1. 4. Coordinate a work schedule:

      Are you going to work while going to school? You’re not alone. Many students work throughout their time in school. Make sure that your work and school schedules won’t conflict with each other. If that means working evenings or weekends, make those arrangements ahead of time.

    2. 5. Schedule study time:

      A key ingredient in succeeding in school is making sure you set some aside enough time to hit the books and study. Don’t be a last minute crammer. Take time everyday to review, read, and practice the stuff you’re learning. You’ll learn better that way and remember more of what you learn. It can help you be more prepared for school and for your career after graduation.

    3. 6. Build your network:

      Gaining new knowledge and skills is only part of the educational experience. Another important component of continuing education is building out your network. This means meeting people and making friends who work or will work in the same field as you. This is useful when you need some career advice or even help finding your ideal job. The people in your network are the ones you can call on for this kind of thing. Your time in school is well-suited for making these types of connections. Don’t waste the opportunity.

group of health care students walking together and talking

  1. 7. Use class time wisely:

    Instructors are well-trained and knowledgeable about the material they are teaching. Learn from their experience and expertise. A great way to do this is to ask any and all questions that pop into your head while they are teaching. Odds are that someone else is wondering the same thing, so you’ll be doing the rest of the class a favor too.

  2. Bonus Tip – Find balance:

    Sometimes life gets crazy. It’s just the way things are. When you’re juggling work, school, friends, family, and whatever else life throws at you, it can get overwhelming at times. Don’t let this discourage you! A good thing to have is a way to de-stress. In other words, have something that you do when you get stressed to help you relax. This can help you maintain a good balance and a positive attitude.

Start Building Your Healthcare Career

If you’re ready to go back to school to start building your career in the healthcare industry, PCI is here to help. We have a wide range of healthcare training programs from which you can choose. Whether you want to work in a dentist’s office, hospital, or pediatric clinic, we’re here to help you make it happen. Contact us to find out more about how to enroll and apply for financial aid.

No matter where you’re at in life, it’s never too late to start building the career of your dreams! We can’t wait to help you!

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