- Remember why you set the goal for yourself in the first place. Chances are you were going to improve your life in some way. If you haven’t gained the change you were hoping for it’s time to visit your goal again and remind yourself of the good things you hope to achieve by obtaining your goal.
- Make a list of all the things that have kept you from keeping your New Year resolution and think of ways to overcome them. You may have to make changes to your schedule or budget, depending on the goals you are trying to achieve.
- Break your resolution down to smaller parts. While your grand plan may seem overwhelming as a whole, it will probably be attainable if you break it down into smaller parts and work towards your ultimate goal by setting smaller goals
- Weather – Living in a cold climate like New York City the winters can be a bit depressing and students have to find ways to stay motivated. However, once summer comes the weather is so beautiful and the days are longer. That alone can foster motivation to rise early and get to school on time.
- Mood – Warm weather can influence your mood. A good mood can equate to positive outcomes. For example, good grades and perfect attendance.
- Bucket List – Completing post-secondary education is a bucket list item for a lot of people. Now is the perfect time to accomplish this goal!
- New Year’s Resolutions – Every year we think of new items we want to accomplish by year end. Time flies and the year is now half way gone. How many of your resolutions have you accomplished?
- Classes That Count: Every class in our curriculum is geared towards your new career. You won’t have to take a bunch of classes that don’t seem to be helping you achieve your goals.
- Shorter Programs: It can be hard to stay focused on the prize while attending a traditional 4 year university. It can seem like forever before you actually get to start working in your chosen field. The Allen School allows you to get out in the field sooner, sometimes in as little as 9 months.
- Hands on Practice: While book learning is great hands on clinical practice will help you achieve your goals and enter the workforce with confidence. It will also help keep you motivated for the great career you are working towards.
- Internship: Many traditional schools don’t offer you an opportunity to go into the workplace and gain valuable experience in your field prior to graduating. Once you classwork ends you are all on your own. Being able to practice your new found skills in a real working environment is priceless to help build both your confidence and your resume.
- Support Teams: There aren’t too many universities out there that help you through the process of resume writing, job searching, interviewing and more. The Allen School has a top notch team ready to help you gain the skillset you need to help secure your future in healthcare.
Is the spark flying out of your current job? We spend nearly ⅓ of our days at work, (and that doesn’t even factor in daily commutes). Life’s too short to work for a company or industry that doesn’t bring you joy or ignite passion. You know you deserve more, you just might not be sure where to get it. If you think it’s time for a career change, here are some surefire signs it’s time to start updating your resume and reignite your fire for work.
You’re Embarrassed to Talk About Your Work
If you find yourself flinching when “So what do you do?” comes up at a dinner party or can feel your own eyes glazing over when you try to explain what your daily schedule looks like, it might be time to look into a new career. Your work should bring pride, not pain, when it comes up in conversation, wowing friends and family, not sending them snoozing.
You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be in High School
You had big dreams as a kid, and there’s still time to make them come true! If you dreamed of making a difference in the lives of patients, The Allen School could help! Offering medical assistant and nursing assistant training on our campuses in Phoenix, AZ, and well as in Queens and Brooklyn, NY, The Allen School can help you ditch your desk job and get into a career that matters. You owe it to yourself- past and present.
You’re Reading this Article
Admit it, if you’re spending your lunch break googling “should I quit my job?”, your mind is already made up. It’s not a matter of “should I?” but “when and how will I?”.
You deserve to have a career that brings you joy and makes a difference in the lives of others. A career move to medical assistant or nurse assistant, is a smart idea in the rapidly growing medical field. The Allen School can start you on the path with the in-depth training you need to be successful. Contact one of our representatives today and find out how you can stop working to live, and start loving your work.
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Deciding to go back to school is far from an easy one. Making room for classes and homework on top of an already busy life can leave you with a lot of questions. If you’re considering a career in medical or nursing assisting, here are a few questions you may be asking yourself.
How will I afford it?
Perhaps the biggest factor to take in when considering going back to school: Just where will you find the money? Finances can be a hindrance to furthering your education. We at Allen School take that into account and offer a range of financial aid services to our students, including grants and loans if qualified, or one-on-one financial counseling. For veterans, we offer a range of VA approved benefits. Now medical training is within your grasp with the help of The Allen School.
How will I find the time?
With support from The Office of Career Services, time is available for your training success. Going back to school often means adding a huge new responsibility to your already-full plate, leaving you wondering where you’ll find extra hours in the day. However, furthering your education doesn’t have to mean sacrificing time with family. Contact us for more information on our class schedules so that you can find the right fit for you. Our faculty has all the tips you’ll need to be successful in your training and lead a positive work-life balance.
Will I fit in? You’ll Find You’re a Great Fit.You might have images of hacky sacks and frat parties when you think of the phrase “Back to School.” You may think you’ll find yourself surrounded by twenty-somethings, unable to fit in. Not so at Allen School. According to the NCES, nearly 8 million people over the age of 25 are currently seeking an education, and that number is expected to rise. We have students from all walks of life of all ages. At Allen School, we are brought together for a single purpose: to learn the tools of the trade of the medical assisting field and build a brighter future.
Will it be worth it?
That all depends on you! At Allen School, you will have the tools to help you build a rewarding career in nursing assistance; it’s up to you to use them to create your dream career and build a future to look forward to. With accredited staff, hands-on training, and career services at your disposal, you will have everything you need to build the professional future you’ve always dreamed of.
The medical field is rapidly growing and a rewarding career decision. If you’re ready to start your career as a nursing assistant, don’t wait. Contact us for a free consultation to answer any questions you may have about our program. Your future starts today!
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1) Self StartersAdult students tend to be better self-starters than their younger counterparts. Years or decades of independent living and decision making means that older students can complete tasks without as much guidance as students coming straight from regimented high school and their parent’s homes.
2) Highly MotivatedYounger students may simply have the goal of “finding oneself” or “getting a degree,” while many adult students go back to school with a specific goal in mind. With a concrete goal to reach, they are better equipped to complete their goal, whatever challenges may arise.
3) PracticalityWith age comes wisdom and with wisdom a more practical mindset. Adult learners know their limitations more than younger students and learn to work around them to complete their education. The Allen School is here to help students manage that delicate balance between classroom and life.
4) High ExpectationsGoing back to school is no easy feat. Taking on the extra financial, mental and physical toll of continuing education means that older students may have more at stake, and thus expect more from their education. The Allen School knows this, and their nationally accredited programs and rigorous coursework lives up to the higher expectation of its students.
5) Goal OrientedAdult learners know there is no time to waste with vague notions of what they want from their education. They have a concrete goal: whether to achieve a higher degree for a promotion or to go down an entirely new career path and attain the training needed. Adult learners know that goals define are goals achieved.
6) Personal ExperienceAdult learners come back to the classroom with years of life experience that they bring into each lesson. With varied perspectives and concrete experience, having adult learners in the classroom helps to enrich everyone’s educational experience.
7) PrioritiesMany adult learners are juggling school with families, full-time jobs, and financial obligations. With so many plates spinning, they can pinpoint what is important and cut out the rest. The Allen School offers financial aid and financial counseling to students who may need help in making education their top priority.
8) Community NeedsAbove all, adult learners are better equipped to see the “big picture.” Many are drawn to careers which help the greater good and are willing to help their fellow students achieve goals which benefit the entire community.It’s never too late to kickstart your education and begin a career that is perfect for you. Contact The Allen School today to set up a free consultation and find out how you can get back to learning.
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- Do Your Homework – Look up the name of the company your interview is with and find out as much about them as you can. The more you know in advance the better prepared you will be to not only answer questions, but also ask them.
- Take a Drive – Or a taxi, bus, or train. In other words drive to the company the night before the interview so you know where you are going and get feel for the area. You can also scope out parking and get an idea of what traffic may be like as you make your daily commute
- Dress For Success – And do it the night before the interview. Make sure your clothes are clean, in good repair, and ironed. If you need to replace anything make sure to do so before interview day. If you had to buy new shoes make sure to wear them before your interview so they are broken in and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off a haircut now is a great time to find some time and get it done.
- Practice – Remember your professional development class and all those great interview questions you discussed? Now is the time to re-visit that material and review everything. Write out questions and answers and practice saying them out loud. The more comfortable you are saying your answers, the more natural you will sound.
- Catch Some Z’s – The night before your interview get a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours. The better rested you are the less stressed you will feel the next day. Also don’t forget your breakfast. A little food will go a long way to settling your nerves.
- Pomp and Circumstance – We all know the song, but why do we play it at graduations? The song was composed in 1901 by Edward Elgar for the coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII. Four years after this Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale and the song was played when he crossed the stage. After this many Ivy League schools began to play the song at graduation and it has since become an American tradition.
- Funny Hats – Those square caps known as mortar boards are believed to be based on a similar hat that was known as a biretta, which was worn by Roman Catholic clergy. In the 14th and 15th century the biretta was commonly worn by artists and scholars. This symbol has endured through the centuries until today when the mortar board and gown have become the tradition for graduation garb everywhere.
- Moving of the Tassel – At the beginning of the ceremony the tassel is worn on the right side of your hat. Once you receive your certificate there will come a point in the ceremony where you get to move the tassel to the left. This symbolizes the transition from being a candidate or student to having actually completed and earned your degree.
- Tossing Of the Cap – Believe it or not you can look to the US Navy for this tradition. The 1912 graduating class of the Naval Academy was the first class to graduate as fully commissioned officers, and received their officer hats at graduation. This left them free to toss their old hats away without worrying about getting them back. The tradition has since caught on as a symbol of ending a chapter in a graduate’s life and beginning a new one.