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You got the kids back to school, now what about yourself? What are you hoping to accomplish this fall?
Put a diploma, career certificate, or degree in your future by making a commitment to furthering your education. You’ll be setting an excellent example for your children (or grandchildren) and advancing your career at the same time.
Going back to school as an adult doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can achieve success with online learning by using these five tips to start off on the right foot.
When you were in high school, you may have studied primarily in your bedroom in the evening. Or perhaps at the kitchen table before dinner. You may not have called this “creating a study schedule,” but that’s exactly what it was. Now, as an adult, you likewise can structure your study periods for maximum effectiveness.
The most successful adult online learners create a dedicated study schedule and share it with family members to minimize distractions. Pick a time frame that works well (let’s say Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.) and write it on your family calendar. Then choose a quiet location where you can shut the door and focus. Maybe your home office would work well. Or the public library. Committing to a study schedule helps you get into a rhythm with your educational program and makes the best use of your time.
Online learners sometimes make the mistake of setting broad goals, like, “I’ll complete one module per month.” That might sound good in theory, but it may not be realistic or achievable because so many factors – subject matter, time available for studying – can affect your pace.
The better way to set goals? Use the “SMART” criteria:
S = specific
M = measurable
A = achievable
R = relevant
T = time-based
Here are a couple of examples: “I will complete one [measurable, achievable] assigned reading [specific, relevant] per week [time-based].”
Or: “I will use two hours of study time [measurable] this week [time-based] to write the assigned paper [specific, relevant] and then turn it in [achievable].”
Using the SMART criteria helps you study efficiently while being able to adjust your goals based on how difficult the subject matter is or how often life interrupts your academic journey.
Earning an online degree, diploma, or certificate takes time. To create the time necessary for you to study, you may need to rely on family members to shoulder more responsibility around the home.
Before you begin your degree program, hold a family meeting. Talk about the types of support you’ll need (like uninterrupted study time) to achieve academic success. Also discuss how to reallocate chores and other tasks to free up time for you to study. If you have younger children, identify age-appropriate responsibilities they can accomplish, such as picking up their toys to keep their rooms tidy. Older children can take on more family cooking, laundry duties, and other helpful tasks that used to fall to you.
By involving your family in this way, you allow them to participate in your success. When you graduate, they can feel pride in having helped you achieve your goal.
You need not feel isolated or alone just because you don’t take classes in a bricks-and-mortar building. You should take the time to gather supporters and keep yourself surrounded by others who want you to succeed.
Start by building good rapport with your academic advisor and faculty members. Spend time “meeting” other students in the online community. You might be surprised at the strong bonds you can form with people you only know through message boards! And socialize regularly with local friends and family members who can provide moral support and be your biggest cheerleaders.
Don’t save your celebration for the big commencement ceremony. Instead, take the time to celebrate the “small” accomplishments, from passing a tough exam to finishing a class. Treat yourself to lunch, reward yourself with a family getaway, or buy yourself some new career clothes to mark your academic milestones.
Celebrating the smaller successes acknowledges your dedication and motivates you to pursue the next goal.
Learn more about online learning for adults and how you can take your career to the next level with a diploma, career certificate, or college degree: Request free info today!
You’re qualified for the job and you know your skillset is just what employers are looking for. But before you apply, make sure you know how to market yourself. There are dozens of other potential candidates so you need to stand out! A well-designed resume that’s neatly organized and packed with action verbs can help you make a lasting impression. If your resume is lacking luster, here’s what you should do to present your qualifications in a way that’ll put you above the competition.
Resumes are an essential part of the job search. While they may not be the most exciting to create, they’re crucial. It’s important to write and design a resume that will stand out. After all, job hunting is like a competition. You’re trying to relay that you’re the best candidate for the job through your resume.
Follow these tips when creating your resume.
Remember, your resume shouldn’t exceed one page. Keep it neat, organized, and concise while also highlighting what’s important.
You have a lot of skills and you want to show them off, but some skills are more important than others. Highlight the competencies you have been taught to perform, what are traditionally called hard skills. It may help to make a list of the training you received either in your field of study or on the job. For example, a Medical Billing and Coding specialist should list their ICD-10-CM coding skills. A Pharmacy Technician should list their knowledge of sterile and nonsterile compounding. Employers want to see hard skills, or skills that are teachable, on your resume. Other examples of hard skills to include are if speak another language, have a certification, or computer programming skills.
Soft skills are equally as important. Employers are seeking candidates who communicate well, have a positive attitude, and possess problem-solving skills. You can convey that you have all of these skills in your resume by having well-written descriptions, giving concrete evidence in your job experience that you often solve problems, and by using positive words like “won” or “overcame” to show your optimism.
According to Glassdoor, there’s no reason to list skills that most candidates possess. For example, almost everyone understands and uses email and Microsoft Word. Those aren’t skills you’ll want to list.
Your resume can use some pizazz! When you’re writing about your employment history you should use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments. By starting with an action verb, you’re rounding up what you’ve done and your expertise for hiring managers. Use verbs that showcase your personality. This way, employers will get an idea of who you are and how you’ll fit on their team before they even meet you. Glassdoor lists action words that will elevate your resume and get you noticed! Remember, you should provide examples as often as possible.
Additionally, quantify your achievements. Use numbers to show concrete results when necessary. Customer satisfaction scores, number or percent of closed support tickets, days without OSHA violations or increases in team productivity are all things that hiring managers would care about. This way, hiring managers will have evidence of changes and accomplishments you’ve had at previous organizations.
Expand your resume by pursuing a degree, certificate, or career diploma in a field you enjoy with Ashworth College. Start your career journey by talking with an Admissions Advisor at .
You’re creative, detail-oriented, and have an eye for design. You know the best venues and your Pinterest board is colorful and full of inspiration. Above all, you love love, planning parties, and celebrating with family and friends. So, why not turn your talents and passions into a career? By becoming a wedding planner you can say “I do” to the job you’ve been searching for. Here’s how Ashworth can help you tie the knot with your dream career.
You’re looking for a career to have and to hold, one that encompasses all your skills and makes dreams come true. With a love for planning, parties, and romance it may seem like your talents are more suited as a hobby. However, that’s not the case! Your career match is out there. As a wedding planner, you’ll put your creativity and organizational skills to work as you plan the happily ever after couples are searching for.
You’ll be working with couples from the time of their engagement and beyond. Every step of the way, you’re there helping plan their fairytale wedding. As a wedding planner, you’ll act as a liaison between vendors and the bride and groom. In your Ashworth studies, you’ll complete courses to help prepare for your role such as:
Your career will be hard but rewarding work. You’ll witness the impact you’ve had as you watch the bride and groom celebrate their special day with loved ones and guests.
As a wedding planner, you’ll be busy helping couple’s dreams become a reality, all while starting your own business and traveling and coordinating events. Your work will be unpredictable, but exciting! With an 11% expected job growth by 2026, now is the time to become a wedding planner.
When you enroll you’ll also receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). With the membership, you’ll have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities.
Walk down the aisle towards your happily ever after with a career as a wedding planner. Take the first steps towards making nuptial dreams come true by calling an Admissions Advisor at 1-888-230-4013.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “look good, feel good.” It’s true, especially when you’re saddling up for a new career adventure. Looking good means you feel better about yourself and you stand a little taller. You want to feel confident going into an interview and then at work once you land a job!
Then, you start the job and for a few weeks you dress your best, alternating between your nicest tops, polos, and pants. But before you know it, you’re comfortable and your job isn’t so new. You fall back into old habits and start wearing your comfiest yoga pants and hoodies. You may feel relaxed, but your outfit tells your boss and coworkers that you have low drive and opportunities in the workplace may pass you by. Don’t make this mistake! Here’s why you should put some pep in your step with your style choices at work.
You may not realize that what you wear and your job performance go hand in hand, but think about it: When you feel good about yourself you project good out into the world, and ultimately, your work space. If you’re confident about the way you look then you’ll be more confident in yourself and the work you do. According to an article published by NPR, a study found that wearing formal clothing makes employees think more like a leader.
But what if your workplace is more laid back? Maybe you don’t need to wear a suit to the office every day. That’s fine, too. Just make sure what you’re wearing is neat, fits well, and is stain free. Don’t wear anything with holes in it, make sure your hair is done, and you look presentable. Also remember, a positive attitude can go a long way! Looking like a professional – and acting like one – is the first step towards success.
Has anyone ever told you “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Remember this saying as you get ready for work. If you look like you don’t care then your bosses, coworkers, and customers are going to assume you don’t care, too.
You should treat every day like it’s an interview, a Forbes article advises. Since you’re more than likely being evaluated by your peers at any given time, it’s important to dress your best to show you’re serious about your role.
If you work somewhere where you’re required to wear a uniform, it’s probably easier for you, right? Wrong. If you work in retail or the service industry, it’s equally important to put effort into what you look like. While you may have to wear a uniform, you should make sure that it’s stain and wrinkle free without any frays or tears. Make sure you’re well-groomed and any non-uniform parts of your outfit are crisp and professional.
Trust us, your coworkers, bosses, and even customers care what you wear. Whether you like it or not what you wear on the outside has a lot to say about the person or worker you are. Putting some effort into what you wear can go a long way. You may not get a promotion right away for wearing a blazer to work every day, but you will build your self-esteem and be more comfortable with yourself. This is equally as important as career growth.
Even if no one says this to you, your managers are evaluating your appearance each day. Dressing in a way that impresses them, or even better, impresses their superiors, means a lot. Each day is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and put a little extra time into you. When you show yourself some love, it shows. Not sure where to begin putting yourself together? All skills can be learned. Check out our Personal Style Career Program to learn more about how to package yourself like the gift you are.
Believing in yourself and being comfortable with who you are and in what you wear is the key to furthering your career journey. Take the time to make sure your clothing choices reflect that you’re hardworking and ready for opportunities that lie ahead.