Starting Your Education in January: Countdown to a New Year, New Career
November 10, 2014
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Thinking of starting your education in January? The start of a new year is a great time to embark on a course that will take you in a new direction for your future career. The following is a guide on how to best prepare for this new start with a college countdown to January:
1. Ready, Set, Research
One of the many advantages of starting a new course in January is having the extra few months to research which course is right for you. Arming yourself with as much information as possible about the various courses, schedule and student life at the college will give you more confidence when making your choice. Research the courses you are interested in, speak to the experts and, if possible, connect with and get feedback from people who have previously taken the course.
2. Get Fit
Students and potential students often spend so much time focusing on their homework, books and online activity that they do not prioritize physical fitness. However, starting your education in January is a great chance to get a head start and prepare a health and fitness plan. Tie this into your New Year's resolutions, and this physical focus will help with the mental agility and energy levels you will need for this new start.
3. Budgeting Is Best
Finance and budgets are some of the biggest considerations when taking on any college course. Starting your education in January lets you earn and save more money beforehand. Use your time wisely and front-load any possible work opportunities in the months before you start school in January. If you succeed in building up additional income before you start your classes, you will have better peace of mind and be able to better manage your time.
4. Think Ahead
Which should you do first, pick a career or pick a college path? Some people enter college knowing exactly what they want to do, while others are still undecided. If you have a strong sense of what you want your career to be, it is important that the courses you take match this vision. Spend the months before January researching course offerings and gaining some work experience or volunteering in an area you're interested in. If you are still undecided, the most important element in picking a course is having a strong interest in its subject matter. If you feel connected to the subject matter of your courses, you will likely be more successful.
Though starting courses in January may feel unconventional, beginning your education at the start of a new year has many benefits. Here's to January and a brand new direction!
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