General Education

10 Tips to Prepare for a Career Change in the New Year

General EducationJanuary 23, 2019

As 2019 starts, it is time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future. Perhaps you want to eat healthier or spend more time with your family. Maybe you want to learn a new skill or fulfill your dream of earning a college degree.

 While the instructors at Fortis cannot monitor your diet, they can help you achieve your education goals. Going back to school can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be. So read on to see the list of tips provided to help to set you up for success.

1. Research the programs

Whether it is nursing, welding, or medical assisting, you should take the time to look through each program to see which one aligns with your passion. Also, you should note which programs are offered at your local campus because programs vary by campus location. Click here to request information or call our toll-free number: 1-855-436-7847. 

2. Tour the campus

Once you’ve found your program, make an appointment to visit the campus to tour the facilities, speak with instructors, and to see students in action in a laboratory setting. It is important to get a feel for how classes are conducted.  

3. Apply to Enroll

It is very simple to begin the process. Once you submit your interest, a Fortis admissions advisor will work with you to complete your enrollment forms and to guide you through the process until your scheduled class start date.

4.  Fill out the Application for Federal Student Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. The financial aid advisor at the local Fortis campus will assist you every step of the way in completing your paperwork to apply for financial aid, including filling out the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You have to keep on top of the deadlines and work with your advisor to answer any questions you may not know.

5. Explore scholarship opportunities

There may be scholarship opportunities available. There are more ways to get money for school than just federal financial aid for those who qualify. According to, there are over 3.7 million college scholarships and grants available to prospective students. A simple search can help lead you to multiple resources.   

6. Let your employer know

As you begin the process to enroll for classes, it is a very good idea to let your employer know your plans. You might be surprised to find they offer incentives or reimbursements for courses, in many cases. Be sure to arrange your schedule so you can fulfill your obligations for both work and school.

7. Find reliable transportation

Being late on the first day of class is always a drag. Make sure you have a way to get to class on time. Take time to map out the best route. If you do not have a car, look into buses or ride-sharing with other students. In this new digital economy, services like Uber or Lyft are now options as well.

8. Look into childcare options (if applicable)

If you have children, make sure you consider child care that works with your schedule and budget. From friends and family to sitters and extended daycare facilities there are a wide range of choices for your little ones.

9.  Dress for success

Going back to school may seem daunting, but there is one piece of timeless advice: dress for success. What you wear matters in everyday life. The habits students develop during school hours as they wear and care for the medical scrubs is preparation for life in the workplace after graduation.  The same applies for those preparing for a career in the skilled trades. If you can present a professional image in school then this will translate to success in your chosen profession. 

10. Learn how to manage your time

Time management skills separate the successful from the average. Between attending classes, studying for exams, working, and managing other priorities it might seem like there’s no time to do it all. Our blog offers several tips to help maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Offering small classes sizes, flexible scheduling, and a variety of programs, Fortis might be a good fit for you. If you are ready to make this a year to remember, visit our site and take the next steps towards a new career.

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