If you’re looking to improve your skills for a current job, qualify for advancement, or prepare for a new career, going back to school may be necessary—approximately 33 percent of jobs require some level of post-secondary education, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But beyond the decision to continue your education, there are a lot of factors to consider. What level of education do you need to achieve your goals? How will school fit in with your current life responsibilities? How much time are you able to spend on earning a new credential or degree?
Luckily, there are a variety of career programs and degree options at Ashworth College that provide the flexibility, affordability and quality training you need to be successful.
Finding a Path That Fits Your Goals
If you’re working full-time, raising a family or managing other demanding life obligations, adding school work to the mix may feel daunting. To make sure you get the best return on investment, it’s important to map out the education path that will lead you to your career goals. Do you need an associate or bachelor’s degree? Are there certifications you need to earn before you can become employed? Once these details are established, you can find the right program (or series of programs) that can be customized to your needs.
Many individuals with busy lives may think that earning a two- or four-year degree is too far out of reach, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you’re an online student who is working full time while attending school, breaking up your education into smaller steps may be a more manageable way to achieve your goals. This can be done through stackable credentials, or ascending programs that allow you to progress from a short-term certificate to a bachelor’s degree and beyond in your chosen field. For example, if you wanted to pursue a business degree, the possible path of stackable credentials may look something like this:
- Business Management (undergraduate certificate)
- General Business (associate degree)
- Business Management (bachelor’s degree)
- Business Administration (master’s degree)
Building your education as your career progresses allows you to achieve your goals on your terms and, as an added benefit, earn work experience while you continue to attend school. Taking the first step to earn a credential can serve as an entry point into an industry, while giving you the flexibility and extra time to work your way up to your desired position.
If you’re looking to start a new career, there are also a lot of in-demand jobs you can qualify for by enrolling in a career training program. The number of jobs for pharmacy technicians, for example, is expected to reach 407,200 by 2024, according to the BLS. Ashworth College’s pharmacy technician program, which includes preparation for your certification exam and includes the exam fee in tuition, can be completed in as little as four months!
Career programs are great for individuals who are looking to start fresh and hit the ground running. As an added bonus, should you decide to earn a higher degree in a similar field later, you’ll have industry experience to back up your credentials when you take the next step in your career.
The variety of programs available today at every stage of your career, paired with the benefits of stackable credentials, make it possible to create a school schedule that works for you. Whatever your goals may be, and whatever obstacles may appear to stand in your way, there’s a solution that will allow you to get the education you need to succeed in your career.
Ready to start your path to a better career? Learn more about Ashworth College’s online programs.