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6 questions all RNs consider before getting their BSN

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 05 November 2015. Posted in Healthcare

6 Questions All RNs Consider Before Getting Their BSN

Thinking about earning your BSN? There’s a bright future for any RN that does. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. A report from the Institute of Medicine also recommended that RNs strive to gain bachelor’s degree with the goal of 80% of RNs have their BSN by the year 2020.

Five tech tips for your RN to BSN online program

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 15 October 2015. Posted in Healthcare, Online College

Five Tech Tips for Your RN to BSN Online Program

Are you considering a bachelor's degree in nursing? Going back to school can be nerve-wracking - especially if you’re taking courses online for the first time. It’s an adjustment, to say the least, but the format also gives you the ability to complete work on your own schedule so you can balance family time and work life with school. Are you nervous about going digital? Here are five tech tips to set you up for success as an online student.

Working at a private clinic as a Pharmacy Technician

Written by Ashworth College on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Posted in Career, Healthcare

Working at a Private Clinic as a Pharmacy Technician

The caring and professional work done by pharmacy technicians across the country is in high demand. Can you think of a time in your life when you or a loved one needed a certain medical prescription to healthfully and comfortably live everyday life? Pharmacy technicians can work in an assortment of environments, anywhere from hospitals to drug stores to private clinics. These technicians fill, label, and dispense prescriptions to patients in need of medication. Other responsibilities include managing inventories and client interfacing with diverse customers. For that reason, pharmacy technicians should enjoy helping to care for patients and heal a plethora of clients every single day. They should also be able to effectively communicate with co-technicians, stand on their feet for long periods of time, and be versed in medical terms and uses in case patients have questions. A pharmacy technician certification would help to educate future pharmacy technicians and prove to employers that they can handle the rigors of this important and healing job.

Race team techs: A crew of surgeons for the fastest cars on earth

Written by Ashworth College on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Career

Earn your Diesel Mechanic diploma online

Race Team Techs: A Crew of Surgeons For The Fastest Cars On Earth

Mechanics are to race cars what general practitioners are to medical patients, so race team technicians are on-call emergency room doctors for the fastest cars in the world. If you are the fan who shows up to the race track every weekend decked out in team colors from head to toe, then this line of work might appeal to you. However, it takes more than love to be successful in a career. To become a successful diesel mechanic, you need precision, knowledge, and the ability to work well under serious pressure.

Substance Abuse Counselors make an impact, positively

Written by Ashworth College on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Career

Earn your Substance Abuse Counselor diploma online

Substance Abuse Counselors Make An Impact, Positively

The field of counseling has become as customized as the issues faced by the patients who come to them. While it’s common for counselors to specialize in issues they may have dealt with personally, it’s not a requirement. To become an excellent substance abuse counselor, you need a desire to help change someone’s life, you need empathy, and you need education.

Consider a child care training degree program

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted in Career

Build a career on your love of kids and creativity

Stories, Songs, Crafts and Kids Make a Great Career

When it's time to choose a college major or career path, it's nice pursue your unique interests and talents; however, if you have a large variety of interests and talents (lucky you!), the choice might not seem so simple. What do you do if you're a smart, creative "people" person who's all about kids, crafting, music, and reading?

Work from home in a Healthy career

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Career

Professional Health and Fitness Blogger

Work From Home In A Healthy Career

When you hear the word "blog," you immediately think of things like BlogSpot, Blogger, and the original place of pour-out-your-heart-to-the-world blog sites, LiveJournal. Did you know that blogging has turned into something more than a longer version of your daily Tweets? Yes, people can make a living as professional bloggers these days.

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What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

Career What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

An online Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for aspiring educators who want to develop a career focused on teaching children age 4 and younger. Though you may have stayed at home with a sitter or guardian, or attended a loosely-programmed preschool or play group at that age, it’s now the 2010s and expectations for life pre-K now include structured education by teachers who have earned degrees specifically for this field.

Become a preschool teacher

If you have a heart for little kids and patience to boot, consider earning your online Associate Degree and preparing for a job as a preschool teacher! The main goal of preschool is for toddlers to gain language, motor, and social skills while having lots and lots of fun.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026.* That’s a faster-than-average growth projection for all occupations during the same time period. Since the typical requirement for launching a career as a preschool teacher is the completion of an Associate Degree, that leaves plenty of time to get started, graduate, and secure a position in this growing field.

Positions for preschool teachers are available through Head Start programs, private early childhood education centers, churches and faith-based schools, as well as through tutoring, nannying, and at-home childcare services.

The need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026—a faster than average growth for all jobs!

Bilingual or want to be? Teach ELLs or become an au pair

As more school systems throughout the U.S. enroll first-generation citizens from non-English-speaking homes, there’s a growing need for trained teachers who can help the youngest of students learn English. Becoming a preschool teacher who works with English Language Learners (ELLs) is a unique way to apply your passion for ECE to a demographic of children who can greatly benefit from your language skills.

If private childcare and teaching is more your style—and you have a sense of adventure—use your ECE degree to become an au pair for a family outside the U.S., or nanny for a foreign family that’s recently moved to the U.S. In both situations, your training will bolster the children’s English-speaking skills and you’ll gain a world of knowledge about another culture.

Ready to learn how to play with purpose? Check out the curriculum of our Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Or practice your ABCs and enroll today!

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited October 31, 2018).

Personal trainer and fitness client with dumbbell sitting on weight bench.

Career Why Ashworth Online personal training courses for NCSF-CPT prep

Look at you! You got swole and you loved it so much you’ve decided to help others get swole. What’s your next step? Professional certification! You already look the part of a legit personal trainer and that’s excellent for marketing your skills. But it’s a professional certification that really shows your potential clients that you’re qualified to train them. In other words, it gives them permission to trust you right from the start.

Get your brain in shape in as few as four months

Don’t worry, training your brain for certification won’t take as long as training your body into the best physical shape of your life. You also don’t have to go anywhere to get it done; you can learn everything you need to know with online personal training courses at Ashworth College. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma program can be completed in as few as four months and you can study at your own pace.

The program curriculum aligns with the standards set by the National Council on Strength and Fitness and helps prep you specifically for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. Because of the NCSF mission to promote high levels of professional competency, ethics, and safety, their CPTs are considered highly-reputable industry wide.

Why the NCSF-CPT certification exam?

There are nearly a dozen well-known certification programs available for aspiring personal trainers. They feature a range of costs, time commitments, and reputation levels. Here are some reasons why Ashworth College chose to base our program on the NCSF-CPT exam:

  • It’s accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • The pass rate is about 57%. It’s not an open book test like the ISSA exam which has an 89.9% pass rate, but it is passable.
  • The NCSF requires fewer Continuing Education Units than other CPT certifications which means ongoing recertification requirements will take less time and money.*

By the way, when you enroll in the Personal Trainer Career Diploma program at Ashworth College, you’ll also have the cost of the NCSF-CPT exam, practice test, study guides, and a 1-year membership covered by tuition! Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to sit for your exam without jumping through hoops. We’ll help you get prepped and get done so you can start pursuing your passion for personal training with confidence.


*https://www.fitnessmentors.com/best-personal-trainer-certification/

How can I change careers as an established adult?

Career Why Ashworth Changing Careers to Find Success

If your job no longer excites you as much as it once did, you may need to consider changing careers. It seems like an intimidating idea at first, but no matter where you are in your work life, making a career change could be the solution that leads to a happier, more successful you.

How do you know what to change?

Before you can find success tackling something new, you have to understand what you’re leaving behind. Acknowledging that you are not happy with your current job–and figuring out why–is the first step to making a career change. Many people who are unhappy at work fall into one of these categories:

  1. Contentment with role and responsibilities, but lack of enthusiasm about industry.
  2. Enthusiasm about industry, but a desire for different responsibilities and opportunities.
  3. Lack of fulfillment with position, industry, and everything else that relates to work.

Feelings of discontent are extremely common when it comes to the working life and nearly everyone feels them to some degree at one time or another. But if you’re feeling unhappy at work more often than not, for your own health and well-being, you need to be proactive about making a change on your own terms.

Step one of finding a new path is homing in on what exactly you want to change and why. Write down your "wants" and your "don’t wants” about work. You’re not signing any dotted lines here, you’re just making notes for your own personal reference. Put everything on the table no matter how selfish or outrageous it seems because drawing hard lines between what you want and don’t want makes every step towards a new career much more likely to result in success.

If you need some guidance thinking through your feelings about your work, take this quick quiz to find out what kind of a career change might best suit your needs. You may benefit from a little tweak or you may be inspired to tackle something totally new.

How do you achieve change?

One you figure out what kind of career change will inspire you, you can start taking steps toward it. In some cases, you may just need to ask the boss for a new opportunity or project that will challenge you without taking you too far from your current role. That could require a refresh of your skills, or a few steps into a new subject area. Earning a career-specific certification can be a smart investment here. You can expand your opportunities at work by digging deeper into a creative skill, business skill, trade, or something totally new.

If you’ve determined you need to make a drastic career change, you may need to start a new degree, or finish one you didn’t complete. Don’t worry! Returning to college is not as scary as it seems. The right school can be affordable and flexible to fit into your already busy schedule.

Check out the opportunities here at Ashworth College. We provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs that give you freedom and flexibility to pursue additional education on your time, from your own home, and without the need for Federal student loans. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.

 
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