In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities–no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
Rebecca Faust loves animals. She always has. As a child she wanted to become a veterinarian, but then she got advice that changed her plan.
“A vet I volunteered with at a shelter told me, ‘If you want to sit and do paperwork, become a veterinarian,'" she recounts.
She began watching all the shelter’s staff members, taking note of what they did and how much they interacted with the shelter animals. That’s when she figured out who actually got to be hands-on with the furry, feathery, and scaly friends she loved. It was the veterinary assistants.
Rebecca realized she needed more education if she wanted to make a living working with animals. Her experience helping vets and techs as a shelter volunteer was great, but not enough to land her a paying gig. Potential employers wanted formal veterinary assisting training.
“All the clinics I spoke to were looking to hire people with a vet assistant certificate,” she says. “It’s something I heard regularly from employers.”
She was working part-time when she started researching schools. She needed something that would give her the veterinary assisting training she needed without interfering with her job schedule or the small budget it provided. When she started looking at online veterinary education, she found the perfect fit.
“I chose [the healthcare school at Ashworth College] because the cost was within my budget and the flexibility was perfect,” she says. “The program was completely affordable, and all of my materials were included. Plus, I was able to do it on my own time, at my own pace.”
She loved the program from the start, but she admits it wasn't always easy to stay focused.
“Distractions were my biggest challenge! More often then not I would take my materials to the library or a coffee bar where I could sit without worrying about what was going on in my household.”
The very first vet clinic Rebecca applied to after graduation offered her a job, validating all her hard work and her choice to do online veterinary assisting training. The vet assistants she works with all have similar educations–a growing trend in the field–but it cost them significantly more.
“I got the same well-rounded education [from Ashworth College] that some of my fellow assistants got," she explains, "except I didn't pay $30,000 for it."
Today, just three years after graduating, Rebecca works as an emergency and intensive care veterinary assistant. She hopes to continue pursuing emergency veterinary medicine and become an emergency care specialist. She also has some advice for anyone who’s considering college or career school.
First, no amount of education goes to waste. Even if you feel like you are sacrificing quite a bit, what you learn pays you back in the end.
“Of course, you’ll naturally think about what things you have to give up in order to get your education,” she continues, “but also remember what things you will gain. A better job might mean you don't need to work two jobs and that could turn into having more time for your family.”
Second, keep in mind that veterinary assisting is not a field for people who want big salaries. Rebecca cautions people going into the field not to spend too much money on school.
“You are not going to get rich working in this field, but if you love it and have a passion for it, it's so much more rewarding [than working just for money]. Education is important,” she adds, ”and advancements in veterinary medicine mean we need educated people on our teams. We need people who want to learn and do the best for our patients, but you don't need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to do it.”
Rebecca’s journey goes to show that “education on your terms” is more than just flexible and affordable, it’s worthwhile. Will it be the next step in your journey?
Follow this link to learn all about the program that trained Rebecca for her dream job: Online Veterinary Assisting Career Diploma. Or call Ashworth College Admissions at 1-800-957-5412 to ask how you can turn your passion into a career, too.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.