In our previous post ‘What Kind of Education Do I Need to Get a Job’ we explained what the word ‘education’ really means and how to figure out exactly what education you need for any job you want.  If you haven’t read that post yet, please start there, then come back and read this post.

So, let’s assume that you now have a pretty good idea of what education you need for a specific job that you are interested in.  Remember that education can mean a lot of things: diploma, certificate, degree, short course, license, apprenticeship, or on the job training.  If you followed the previous post, you will now have a list of the education requirements for the job you want and you will have highlighted the ones that you already have (kudos to you for those accomplishments!).  You’ll then have a list of the education requirements that you still need.  These are the ones we are going to work on.

Using the internet, search for one education requirement at a time.  For example, if you need a Class A Commercial Truck Driver’s License, use the browser to search for ‘commercial driver’s license training’.  If you are looking for training in your area, add your location to the search.  Be sure to review several of the results.  Usually the results at the top of the page are ads and they will be marked with a yellow ‘Ad’.  These results have paid in order to be at the top of the page.  It doesn’t mean that they are better than any of the other results.

Depending on the type of education you need, you can decide if it is something that can be done through online training or if it needs to be done face to face.  Factors to consider include: quality of the education, how long it takes to complete, location, and cost.

If you are looking for computer software skills training, there are plenty of short courses that are offered online and usually courses that are offered at community colleges.

If you have more than one education requirement that you need, check to see if you can get all of the requirements done through one source.

Although you may be tempted to just jump in and get started, take the time to make the list of the options that you have for getting your education, including the name, the length of time to complete, the location, and the cost.  You should also do some research on the organization to make sure they have a good reputation.  In some cases, the organization can also help with job placement.  If they do offer assistance, make sure you understand if they will actually help you find a job with a specific company.  Once you have your list created, compare the options to see which one best meets your needs.  And most important, make sure you are willing to make the commitment to complete your education once you start.  A large percentage of people who start an education don’t ever complete it.  Don’t let that be you!

If you are thinking about advancing your career, you can follow the same steps as you would when you are looking for a job now.  The only difference is that you are first going to do some research to find out what jobs are on your career path.  Then you’ll explore the education that you need for those jobs.  You’ll be well on your way to controlling your career future.  Stay tuned for our post that shows you how to explore your career path!

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