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Balancing Work, School, and Home Life this Holiday Season

by on December 4th, 2018 in Articles News

The holiday season alone is enough to stress anyone out. But trying to balance work and school responsibilities during this time can cause added stress that no one needs. Finding the right balance between work, school, and home life isn’t always easy, but can be done. But how do you do it? We’re sharing a few tips to help you prioritize your time, and keep yourself on track!

Stick to a (Modified) Schedule

Try and give yourself some relief by sticking to a short-term, modified schedule – and be flexible! If your work schedule changes for Black Friday sales and pre-Christmas shoppers, you’ll have to make some changes to your study schedule. Every minute counts, so plan ahead and pack your study guides and reading materials for your lunch break or the bus ride into work. Use that time to review your materials and put a study plan into play. Setting realistic study goals will help you stay motivated to make it part of your (new, temporary) daily routine.

Add Color To Your Planner

With work, school, and family activities going on, it’s easy to miss something. Use a calendar or planner to make sure you don’t miss important homework deadlines or family gatherings. Categorize events with different colors so you can see what your schedule looks like at a glance. Quickly seeing what days are full – or when you have time to fill – will allow you to prioritize your time and will keep you on track.

Ask For Help When You Need it

If you need some help, ask! At home, delegate responsibilities to others who can help with the chores. At school, ask your instructors what specific topics to focus on, or for study guides to make the most of your study time. Need help with time management, or interviewing skills? Your Career Services advisor can help you put a career plan into place so you have a roadmap to reaching your goals. Setting small goals won’t seem overwhelming, and can help you balance your professional life and school with your personal and family responsibilities.

Finding the right balance this time of year can be a challenge. But, with the right mindset – and a little planning – you can continue to work toward your career goals!

Start a new year working toward a new career! Call Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

 

 

Career Training After Military Service

by on November 11th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

If your military service is coming to an end, you might be wondering what your next career step will be. Many of the skills you learned and used in the military will transfer to a job in trades or healthcare. Career colleges and trade schools provide training and certifications that can lead to long-term jobs in today’s most in-demand career fields. A career training school like Ayers Career Colleges is a great option for military veterans settling back into civilian life.

What Career Colleges Offer

Career Colleges and Trade Schools usually offer several options for learning a new trade. Ayers Career College offers training programs in the trades and healthcare fields. Training options include Heating/AC/Refrigeration (HAVC-R), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Electronic Technician training. In addition, we offer shorter certification classes in IT technology fields or phlebotomy.

How Long are the Training Programs?

The career training programs can be completed in 36 weeks. For programs with evening schedules, training will take 60 weeks. The shorter certification classes range between 2 and 5 weeks.

This shorter timeframe can be better than committing to programs that take as long as 4 years at a traditional college or university. In under a year, you can be on your way to a new career in an in-demand field! With proper career training, you can earn a quality income to help support your family after your military service is complete.

Can I Use Financial Aid?

Federal and State Programs help eligible participants further their career. We encourage students to fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. Students that meet the requirements will be awarded assistance to use toward a training program at Ayers.

Further, your financial aid officer can help determine if you are eligible to use VA benefits toward your career training.

Knowing you can complete a training program in one year (or less!) is great motivation to getting the education you deserve. Moreover, career training improves your chances of getting a high-quality, high-paying job in an in-demand industry! Get started by calling Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

by on October 12th, 2018 in Articles News

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

National Medical Assistant Recognition Week is coming up soon. That’s right! Being a certified medical assistant means you get a national week of recognition! That’s how important this incredibly rewarding career is.

But having a national week of recognition is not the only perk that comes with choosing a career in medical assisting. Here are just a few of the many other benefits:

Plenty of Job Opportunities with Competitive Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical assistant jobs are projected to grow “much faster” than average job growth: 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. And the average salary for these indispensable members of the healthcare industry? $32,480 (as of May 2017).

Countless Specialty Fields

From pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, every specialty field in the healthcare industry needs professionally trained experts in healthcare assisting. Whether your goal is to surround yourself with the sweet sounds of cooing newborn babies or to hold the hand of those in need of extra attention in palliative care, you can choose whichever specialty suits your particular character.

Never-Ending New Experiences

Since no patient is the same, each new day brings new experiences and in the healthcare industry, you never know what the day will bring. It’s a far cry from the dreaded office job. Instead, you begin each day with a fresh start, welcoming the mysteries that lay ahead in the day.

Providing Essential, Life-Changing Services

Of course, there’s the undeniable joy and fulfillment that comes from providing care and concern to those who need it most. Being a medical assistant is just one way that our graduates contribute to a bigger picture by making the world a better place one patient at a time. Medical assistants leave lasting impressions on those they care for. What career is more rewarding than one that contributes such compassion?

Steps Towards Higher Learning

For those wishing to expand their careers in the medical field, becoming a medical assistant is the perfect first step towards a higher goal. Whether you want to become a Registered Nurse, LPN, or even a specialty doctor in another field, medical assistant training provides you with a great foundation to build on.

There are, of course, many more benefits to being a medical assistant – these are just a few. We want to take a moment to recognize our medical assistant graduates as well as encourage new students to pursue your dream of having one of the most rewarding careers there is.

Being your rewarding career in healthcare by enrolling in our next Medical Assistant class! Call us today to find out about our medical assistant certification program! 1-800-317-0131

 

Back to School for Grown-Ups: Career Training as an Adult

by on September 4th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

It’s no secret that in this day and age higher education is important to increase your earnings. But what if you’ve been in the workforce for over a decade? Is it worth it to go back to school for a degree or specialized certification and how easy will it be to slide back into the student life?

The benefits of going back to school

The wage gap is growing and those that have degrees or certificates are doing much better than those without. It’s worth the time and money you put into getting certified in programs like HVAC repair, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, and electronic technicians because these jobs won’t be disappearing. In fact, as industries rely on more tech, fields like HVAC and electronics will always be looking for qualified people to fill the jobs. The medical field is one of the fastest growing fields and qualified medical assistants and pharmacy techs are always in demand. Going back to school will boost your ability to earn more and stay employed.

What about the costs?

There are costs to going back to school and getting a degree or a certified in a field. One way to help you afford your educational pursuits is to look into financial aid. Most colleges and trade schools offer some type of assistance to help you pay for tuition while you’re in school. Loan repayment is deferred until after you’ve gotten your degree or certificate so you’re not on the hook for payments until after you’ve finished your education.

Time management

Going back to school as an adult presents time challenges, as most people are already working and can’t just up and quit their jobs to seek more education. Many schools, like Ayers Career College, offer flexible schedules so you can learn while you earn. Career colleges also offer accelerated courses so you’re not spending years in college making it faster for you to get done and get out in the workforce working in the field you want.

Education is a lifelong pursuit, and you’re never too old to back and make yourself more marketable to employers who are looking for someone with your skill sets. You deserve to take the time and invest in yourself. Check out Ayers Career College to find flexible schedules, financial aid, and the teachers who are waiting to get you on your way to earning more money. Ready? Call us today! 1-800-317-0131

What Does it Take to Become an HVAC-R Technician?

by on August 14th, 2018 in Articles News

The demand for skilled HVAC Techs is growing, so this is the perfect time to start your new career. But learning how to maintain complex heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems takes time. You’re probably wondering what does it take to become an HVAC Technician?

HVAC-R Tech training

Job requirements for an HVAC technician will vary by position since HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more complex. Many companies require new hires to complete HVAC training from an accredited school, like the one offered at Ayers Career College.

How long does it take to become an HVAC technician?

We know that not everyone is on the same schedule. That’s why we offer both day and night classes. Our day program takes only 36 weeks to complete, while our evening program can be completed in just 60 weeks.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth within the HVAC field is expected to be 15% for the 2016-2026 time period. This represents a much faster growth than is seen in overall market trends. Additionally, the salary within the field is competitive, with the median salary for HVAC technicians at $47,080.

HVAC is an exciting career field. If you have questions or are ready to get started, call us today! 1-800-317-0131

4 Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Best Career College

by on April 9th, 2018 in Articles News

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There are many things to consider when choosing a school for your career training. Location and program availability are obvious factors you need to look at, but there are other criteria that you should know about before deciding on your school of choice. Here are a few things to help you choose the best career college for you.

1. Check Accreditation

Accreditation standards are set up to ensure that the school provides you with a quality education. There are guidelines that schools must follow to ensure that they provide you with the education necessary to qualify you to enter your career field. Attending an accredited school like Ayers Career College is important for two main reasons. First, accreditation will help make you more successful. You will be provided with an education that has taught you the necessary skills for your chosen field. Additionally, many employers require you to hold a degree from an accredited school. You do not want your employment options limited because your degree is from an unaccredited institution.

2. Understand Entrance Requirements

Most schools have minimum requirements to be admitted as a student. Some requirements are simple and consist of having a high school diploma or GED. Other times you will be faced with requirements that include prerequisite classes or letters of recommendation. Be sure to understand the school’s requirements and make sure that they are attainable before choosing your school.

3. Compare Costs

A great benefit to choosing a career college is that they are often much less expensive than a four-year university. Though costs will vary by program, you can save thousands of dollars throughout your education and reduce your potential student loan debt. While you will see savings, it is important to compare tuition prices and financial aid options when you choose a school.

4. Financial Aid Options

Financial aid is a great resource to help mitigate the costs of school. Find out whether the school is eligible for federal grants and check into the school’s private scholarship programs. These options can help you save tremendously on your tuition.

Ayer’s Career College is proud to offer a wide range of career training programs and financial aid resources to our students. Want to learn more? Get the information you need by calling us at 1-800-317-0131 today!

4 Tips to Help You Train for a New Career While Working Full Time

by on February 6th, 2018 in Articles News

Starting a new job can be pretty exciting! But preparing for a new career requires dedication, and often times specific training. That can be challenging for someone already working full-time.

We’ve put together 4 steps to help you successfully transition into a new career while balancing your current full-time job.

1) Know what type of training your new career will require.
The first step in preparing for your new career is to determine the skill set and training that you will need to have. Transferable skills are those skills that you already have and can take from your existing job to virtually any new job. Examples of these would include supervisory skills, communication skills, or the computer program skills that you possess.

If you lack any of these, Ayers Career College will help you develop those skills. In addition to our full career training programs, we also offer shorter certification courses in programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, or Powerpoint.

2) Take advantage of professional development opportunities.
Be the first person to participate in any skills development opportunities that your current employer offers, especially if they relate to the new career path you are pursuing. Some employers will even help pay for school classes if they will help you in your current position.

Students at Ayers Career College should take advantage of the Career Development class to help you build your resume, or practice for a successful job interview.

3) Do not let your career preparation interfere with your current employment.
As you begin preparing for your career transition, make sure that you do not ignore your current job responsibilities. In the end, it’s important to leave your job on a positive note since you may need a reference when you apply for future employment!

4) Strive to maintain proper work-life balance.
Avoiding burnout is vital to ensuring a successful transition to a new career. Yes, you’ll be busy! But, you can prevent burnout by saving time for family, friends, and recreational activities.

What is the best way for workers to train for a new career?

The best way for full-time workers to train for a new career is to enroll in an accredited career college. With multiple professional associations and accreditations, Ayers Career College caters to the busy lives of people with full-time employment by offering flexible certification classes. Financial aid packages are also available to qualified applicants.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you train for an exciting new career as a pharmacy technician, medical assistant, or electronics technician. We can’t wait to help you realize your career dreams!

Starting a Career in the Medical Field

by on January 16th, 2018 in Articles News

…Without Going to Med School

You want a job that’s exciting and rewarding, and your heart is set on a career in the medical field. You’re in luck – this is a growing industry where you will find many career opportunities of all types and levels. Thankfully, there are positions that don’t require the same long-term schooling (or financial commitment) that med school does. Best of all, they can be just as rewarding!

Your options when breaking into the healthcare world are almost endless. There are plenty of workplace settings where you can focus your healthcare career. One great option is becoming a medical assistant.

What does a medical assistant do?

Most medical assistants take on both clinical and administrative tasks. They tend to be the ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ in the medical world. On the clinical side they’ll be checking vital signs, recording medical history, or assisting in the trauma room. On the administrative side they help with things like scheduling appointments, or and assisting patients paperwork. Of course, the specific duties will depend on the healthcare facility.

So where do medical assistants work, then?

The most common places to work as a medical assistant are doctors offices, urgent care caners, hospitals, or clinics. However, many medical assistants find rewarding careers in unexpected places, such as chiropractors offices, nursing homes, assisted living communities, or medical labs.

Working as a medical assistant in a doctors office, or urgent care center is usually less hectic than a hospital or emergency room. It also allows you to work in a specific field of medicine. But maybe working in a fast-paced setting is where your heart is. Working as a medical assistant in an ER is tough – just as any job in the ER is – but it is also very rewarding.

Ready for the challenge?

Think working as a medical assistant could be the perfect fit for you? Check out our Medical Assistant program for a course description and schedule. When you’re ready, Ayers Career College is here to provide you with the specialized, hands-on education and training you’ll need to get started. In less than a year, you’ll be working in a career field you love!

New Year’s Resolutions for a Working Student

by on December 20th, 2017 in Articles News

The New Year is nearly upon us, and with it brings a list of New Year’s Resolutions. For many, New Year’s Resolutions may last only a few months and then slowly yet surely old habits begin to creep back in. Here at Ayers Career College, want to see your New Year bring in better grades and healthier lifestyles.

You work, have a family, and go to school. To say your life is hectic would be an understatement. You started school because you desire to grow, learn, and create a better life for yourself, and we want to help. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions that will help you improve your health, grades, and even yourself.

1. Stay Rested

It cannot be stressed enough, but a way to a healthy body and a healthy brain is through sleep. If you know you are not getting enough sleep right now, it is time for a switch. Staying rested will not only make you feel better but will also improve your thinking. Better thinking will result in better grades!

2. Get Organized

This is difficult for some people. We suggest getting a planner or downloading an app you will actually use to keep a schedule. Then, here is the key: use it! At the beginning of the week, take time to sit down and schedule your week. This means penciling in time for studying and homework as well as exercise and some downtime to simply rest and breathe.

3. Take a Day Off

You can choose to go nonstop until you hit a wall, or you can schedule the time to rest and refuel to keep going for the long haul. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to schedule one day a week to not look at homework or work but to do the things you love and bring you life. If you are in a season of life where a day is not an option, then give yourself half a day or schedule thirty minutes in every day where you can breathe and feel refreshed.

4. Start Moving

Exercise has so many benefits and not just physically. Making time for just thirty minutes of movement every day will benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are new to exercising, do not feel overwhelmed. Start with going for a walk in nature, or explore different options to find something you love. You will find that exercise can become a place to escape and recharge.

5. Don’t do it Alone

Whether it is studying, exercising, or your day off, find people to enjoy it with. You weren’t meant to do it all alone.

It may seem like very few of these resolutions actually have to do with schooling, but by taking care of yourself, you will quickly see an improvement in your work. Begin the New Year by valuing yourself, getting organized, and see the difference it will make in every area of your life.

Remembering to Balance Work, Life & School During the Holiday Season

by on November 20th, 2017 in Articles News

Balancing work, life, and school during the holidays can be stressful. We know you have so much on your plate with shopping for gifts, preparing meals and getting in time for studying. Here are some tips to help keep your busy life organized and manageable during the holiday season.

Prioritize Your To-Do List. Sit down during the weekend and think about what it is that you need to do during the week. The next step is to list those items by when they need to be completed. This process will help you create a weekly timeline for working through your to-do list.

Shop Online. If you feel that shopping is another task that takes time away from family and studying, think about ways to making this task easier. For example, can you do some of your holiday shopping online? If you plan far enough ahead, shopping online also comes with free shipping and plenty of time for wrapping. Have you considered doing online grocery shopping? Websites like Jet and Boxed can ship items directly to your doorstep for little or no cost.

Prepare Meals Ahead of Time. Do you find it hard to serve meals during the holiday season? Try preparing meals on the weekends so you aren’t spending precious weekday time in the kitchen. Another preparation secret is to prepare meals in bulk and freeze them. This allows you to pull already cooked meals from the freezer as needed. Think about making items that freeze well like double batches of chili or crock pot ready meals.

Set Aside Time for Studying. Remember to make school a priority. Set blocks of time aside for uninterrupted studying or getting together with study groups. Remember to arrange for childcare for these blocks of time.

Take Time for Yourself. The holidays can get overwhelming with all the pressures we put on ourselves. Set aside time for a walk or meeting a friend to recharge your batteries. If you can’t get away, take a moment during your commuting time to center your thoughts and clear your mind.

Remember that staying organized during the holiday season can help you remain calm and maintain a balance in your lifestyle. Ayers Career College wishes all of their students and faculty a very Happy Holiday Season. If you would like to join the ACC family contact us for more information.

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