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Education shouldn’t stop once you’ve entered the workforce. Whether you’re considering a career change or just need to update your skills, KnowHow2GO offers practical steps you can take this summer to prepare for the future you want.

Goals

Make your career dreams a reality with practical steps for completing college and connecting to a career that’s the perfect fit for you.

Career Ready to School.

  • Connect your career goals and education options with the Indiana Career Explorer. (Sign up for your free account if you haven’t already.)
  • Schedule an orientation or campus tour at a local college.
  • Meet with a college advisor or career counselor at your local college campus. Ask about online learning options, too.

Career Ready to Work.

Tips for Success

Maybe you’ve merged your work, life and family, or maybe you’re still wondering how to be a star student and stay on the road. Start your trip to a better career the smart way with these tips for success.

  • Tell family and friends. If you are planning to enter a classroom for the first time in years, congratulations! Make sure your family and friends know what the commitment will require of them, however. You’ll need their support for things like transportation, childcare and encouragement. Make sure they know you still want to spend time with them, but may have to skip some family events as you head towards a degree.
  • Map out a plan. Your goals will seem much more attainable if you know exactly how many courses you have to take and when you plan to take them. Talk to your advisor to make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate, and double check when each course is offered. Many are not offered in the summer, for example.
  • Set a schedule. If you’re taking summer classes but your kids are out of school for the summer, it may be tempting to slack off. Create a daily schedule with blocks of time for studying and attending class, as well as specific times to spend with friends or family.
  • Stay in the moment. With so many demands on your time, you need to stay focused on what you’re doing at the moment. If you’re working on a paper, don’t worry about an upcoming work deadline. If you’re at the pool with the kids, don’t ruin the sunshine by fretting about a test you have next week.
  • Don’t lose your study skills. Are you taking the summer off? Don’t lose your study skills. Practice taking notes at meetings, read newspaper articles about current happenings in your career field or even pick up a textbook while sunbathing.