Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, wrote that famous statement. I’m pretty sure that 2,500 years ago a thousand miles seemed a lot further than it does today, but his point still holds true!
Let us start by congratulating you! The fact that you have chosen Carrington College California to further your education means you have taken that brave first single step. You’re journey has begun, but if you haven’t done it already, now is the time to map out your career path.
At Carrington College California we’re proud that our graduates are recognized as knowledgeable, accomplished professionals who have the personal and professional skills that can help them make a seamless transition into the working world. We’re here to accompany you on your journey, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride!
Whether you’re just out of high school or changing careers later in life, you probably find yourself studying a particular program at Carrington because you’ve made a decision to follow a path that interests you. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to work with animals, so you’ve chosen Veterinary Technology. Maybe you’ve decided that the Criminal Justice field is where your future lies; perhaps you’re a Licensed Vocational Nurse looking to advance your career and become a Registered Nurse?*
Whatever program you’ve chosen, the good news is that you have taken the important first step of self-awareness. Too many people fall into jobs by accident, and then they find it hard to move on or out. By enrolling in a career college, and choosing a vocational program that interests you, we can assume that you’ve picked out a career that appeals to you.
So now you find yourself a student at, or perhaps a recent graduate of, Carrington College California, it’s time to consider the second step of your journey, self-examination. Everyone wants to be successful in their career, but how far do you want to go? By the way, there is no right or wrong answer to this question!
Let us give you an example; some students enroll on our Health Care Administration program because they enjoy organizing, and would like a solid administration job in healthcare. However, other HCA students see Carrington as a stepping stone; they picture themselves graduating, getting an entry-level job, and then continuing their education and gaining experience with the long-term goal of one day running a hospital!
It all comes down to self-examination; this reality check is where you examine your ambition, your abilities, and the priorities in your life. And again, there is no right or wrong choice – but this self-examination will give your career path greater direction.
The third step to mapping out your path is exploring your options based on the results of your self-examination. If your goal is to one day run a hospital, start investigating what that will take now! You’ll need to first get a job to start building your experience, but then examine what other qualifications and further education you may need? Can you afford the commitments of time, and money?
Even if your goals are more modest, the first place to start is with your instructors; take advantage of their knowledge and experience working in the field, and make sure to utilize your campus Career Services department to explore local connections and to polish you resume and interviewing skills. Start networking early, perhaps volunteer where you can, and make the most of the externship experience. You never know when the good impressions you make today, and the connections you develop, will benefit you in the future.
The fourth and final step on our plan is to be flexible. Remember that even the best laid plans can go awry, and just because you’ve mapped out a path, life can sometimes conspire to get in the way! But the key is not to panic; adjust your plan as you hit bumps in the road, and continue on your journey with confidence. For those who don’t know where they’re going, any road will do; but you have a map, a plan, so follow your path and remember to enjoy the journey!
*Program availability varies by location