Whether you live in small or large community, technical schools specializing in skilled programs abound for you on the Internet. Design artist? Technical Writer? Photographer? Film? The excitement one feels while web surfing through online college courses and technical programs catalogs can build exponentially, and, unfortunately, to the point of exhaustion!
Avoid information overload. Follow these simple steps and begin your educational journey. To get started, all you need is a connection to the Internet and your curiosity and passion to guide you. So grab your pen and notebook.
- Set a clear and purposeful goal. Author and expert motivational speaker, David Swartz, “The Magic of Thinking Big,” writes: “Without goals individuals just wander through life. They stumble along, never knowing where they are going, so they never get anywhere” (2007, p. 252). Swartz believes that goal setting is what transforms dreams into living reality. A short one sentence goal statement will keep you in the driver seat and distractions at bay –tv or film animator, anyone?
- Use online search tools such as a college directory or an organization like iSeek to review the description of technical colleges and courses available from which to choose. Attending an out-of-state technical institute no longer requires that you leave behind family, home, or friends. Instead, your new technology can pin down colleges offering courses in illustration, animation, and business management.
- Become an action person. Zig Ziglar’s Qualities of Success (2009) focuses on professionalism and personal excellence. He writes, “You were designed for accomplishment. You were engineered for success. You were endowed with the seeds of greatness.” To succeed at completing a technical, develop an appreciation for your unique skills and creative talents; then, develop excellence in your skills necessary to land your dream job
- Find a mentor in your field. Researchers at Ohio State University, (Metros and Yang, 2006) suggested that mentoring is an absolute must for personal and professional development. A strong foundation of mentoring results in building and retaining “…a healthy workforce that can react quickly to change and can develop, adapt, and regenerate itself over time.”
Selecting a technical schools specializing in your field of interest can be overwhelming. However, by setting clear goals, using powerful online tools, taking positive action steps, and receiving input from a mentor in your field, 98.75% of the time– you will succeed!