by Jennifer Fairweather, Human Resources Director
comments open from February 26 until March 17
We recently held an education fair and information forum for our employees at Jefferson County. During the fair we learned that going to school after you have been in the work world is not easy!
Here is some information on where to start if you are returning to school and how to find the right college or university:
• Decide if you are ready to go back to school. Going back to school sounds glamorous, but it’s really a lot of hard work. Are you ready? Make sure you know what you want and have the support you’ll need in place before you set out on your new adventure.
• Choose a degree. Once you’re sure it’s the right time to go back to school, make sure you know exactly what it is you want to do with your degree so you know which degree to get. That sounds obvious, but it’s an important step. Some questions you may ask yourself are:
o What do you want to study?
o What will you do with your education?
o Are you getting the right degree for the job you want?
• Take a few career tests. There are assessments and quizzes available to help you figure out what you’re good at and what you’d like to do.
• Make an appointment with a Career Counselor. Career counselors are available in almost every city and at almost every school. Search online directories or ask your local librarians for help.
• Choose between online or on-campus. Now that you know what you want to do and which degree you’ll need to do it, it’s time to decide what kind of campus is better for you, a physical classroom or a virtual one. There are benefits to each. Some examples are:
o Is cost an issue? Online courses may cost much less than traditional courses.
o Do you learn better in a social setting, or do you prefer to study on your own?
o Do you have a quiet place at home and the technology you need for online learning?
o Is there a local school that offers the degree you want, and is it convenient?
o Are you the kind of student who needs face-to-face time with our teacher?
o Do you have reliable transportation if you choose to learn on campus?
These are just some areas to explore if you are planning to return to school. It’s important to give time to research these areas and take full advantage of the many resources available to assist you. Education, training and development is an investment in you!