Tips for Postsecondary Education Success

As you enter your postsecondary education, you’re likely to get a lot of advice about ways to succeed. And while it may be easy to feel overwhelmed from competing advice, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your success in this exciting chapter.

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Choose a Program That Interests You

First and foremost, choose a program that interests you. This is especially true if you’re in a trade school or certificate program that is designed to provide training around a very specific skill set. Not only are you more likely to stick with an area of study that interests you, but you’re also more apt to enjoy it. Because trade schools are set up to hone specialized skills for a specific job, you’ll want to be sure that your program is something you feel will bring long-term pleasure.

Build a Schedule That Works

The next rule of thumb is building a schedule that works with your other obligations and resources. For instance, if you’re not likely to make an 8 a.m. lecture, schedule afternoon and evening classes. And if reliable transportation is a concern, coordinate classes with public transportation schedules.

Alternatively, consider online classes. With popular programs and certificates now available entirely online, you can often swap an in-classroom class for an online equivalent.  An entirely online program may even be something to consider. On the brink about which solution is best for you? Consult a college counselor, who has expertise in building individualized schedules and solving for logistical challenges.

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These same college counselors can also be a great resource for students who need guidance on financial assistance. No matter what budget you have, there are tools available to make a higher education more affordable. Most college websites have an entire area dedicated to providing information on loans, grants and financing. Some even provide tuition calculators.

Perhaps you have good grades and don’t want to acquire debt? There are many scholarships available through colleges and outside networks. Just do your research to find the best fit for you.

With these three tips in mind, you’re likely to find a rewarding education path that sets you up for long-term career success.