How to Stick to Your Resolutions and Goals All Year Long

It’s a brand-new year, and we are now over a month into 2021. We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions for this year; however, making them is always the easiest part. Staying committed to the goals you set for the year is much more difficult.

Maybe you set a resolution to eat healthier and work out more. Or you could have a goal to start a new career by going back to school and attending a career training program. Whatever resolutions you’ve set for 2021, there are several things you can do to help stay focused and on-track to achieving your goals throughout the year. Check out these tips to help you stay committed!

Create a Plan Just for You

The strategies that work for someone else may not be the best solutions for our own needs. We all need a specific plan that is designed to help us reach our goals. To get started, create goals that are specific to you. For instance, if you made a New Year’s resolution to work out more, how many times will you work out per week? What types of exercises will you do to help reach your goals? When and where will you work out? With the answers to these questions, you can create a plan specific to your needs.

Approximately 21 days of repetitive activity helps to create a habit, and 90 days of doing these same activities help to build a lifestyle. As you’re creating a new habit, each time you do something new, it will make things a little easier the next time around. Exercising will not be easy at first, especially if it’s been a while since you have worked out. However, being sore after that initial workout is expected. As time goes on and you continue exercising, you will build endurance and muscle, making things easier. You will get better, and it will eventually come naturally to you.

When we are trying to improve various aspects of ourselves, it may be tempting to try and achieve all our goals at once. But if you create too many resolutions at once, it can be more difficult. Things may become overwhelming while trying to make so many changes at a time. This may demotivate you or cause you to give up easily. If you pick three goals to start with and make them your main priorities, you will be able to reach your goals more successfully.

These days, there’s an app for just about anything you want to do. If one of your goals is to exercise more, then utilizing an app will help you plan your workouts, track your progress, and keep focused. If one of your goals is to choose healthier food options, find an app to help you track meal choices and learn more about which foods are more beneficial. Another goal you may have is to save and budget your money better. Finding an app that helps you track spending can give you better control of your money.

Choose Progress Over Perfection

Change is undoubtedly a process that does not come overnight. The Empire State Building was not built in a day, and the Mona Lisa was not painted overnight. Making strides toward greatness takes time, and that includes achieving our goals. If you’ve created a goal to go back to school and begin a new career, then all the classes you attend, and every test you pass will help you progress to accomplish your goal of getting a new job. It takes time to complete your career training classes, but you will be ready to start your new career when you’re finished.

If we always wait for the perfect moment to do something, we may never accomplish anything. The perfect time does not exist, and things will never be exactly how we want them. If we would like to take a step toward our goals and dreams, then we must venture out and take a leap of faith.

In reality, perfection does not exist. It’s just something that we attempt to achieve that keeps us doing the same things in repetition. For example, if you want to become a vegetarian and one day you slip up and have a piece of meat, this does not mean that you are a failure. Instead, it would help if you thought about what circumstances led to you eating meat and what you can do the next day to improve. Gathering your thoughts and learning from the situation can help you do better next time, changing failures into successful moments and helping us make progress as we go.

Continuing to stay focused on your goals and resolutions can be difficult. It’s so exciting at the start, but as time passes, that excitement can wear off, and motivation can drop. There are some great ways to stay focused throughout the year! For instance, if you are going back to school to start a new career, you could try rewarding yourself with a sweet treat each time you do great on a test. Practicing daily affirmations can inspire you to get the lifestyle you want and keep you on track. Finding words or quotes that motivate you and placing them in a spot to view when you wake up in the morning can help immensely. You could make sticky notes or set up notifications on your phone.

The third option to help you maintain focus is to know why you made your resolutions. Think about what pushed you to achieve these specific goals. What drives you to make these changes? Maybe you started to get a better job that can help improve your lives and your family. Or perhaps you wanted to set an example for your kids, so they can see what’s possible with hard work and dedication. There will be days when you feel like a failure or feel like throwing in the towel, but if you stop thinking about why you started, it can help improve your mindset and keep you motivated.

Get Support of Family and Friends

Support from those around you can make or break your progress toward your goals. If you are surrounded by a strong network of friends and family who offer support, it will be much easier for you to keep your resolutions. Additionally, having someone who can mentor you, who has already successfully gone through the process and made it to where you want to be, can help you on your path to achieving your goals. They can share best practices with you and insight from their own experiences. Intentionally creating this type of network will surround you with positive influence. Build your team of cheerleaders who help motivate you along the way and remember that it’s okay to ask others for help.

Finding an accountability partner, like a friend with the same resolution as you, can also have a significant impact. Partner with them to keep each other motivated and on the right path. Spend time daily or weekly speaking with each other to check up on progress or any issues you both may encounter. Having someone you can talk to can help you stay committed.

Reach Your Career Goals with BTC

Now you know exactly how to stay motivated and focused on your goals and resolutions all year, so let Boardman Training Center get you on the fast-track to a new career! With healthcare training programs in exciting areas like Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, we have just what you need. Request information now to start your path to a new healthcare career!

Mikalena Grewe – Student Highlight

Meet Mikalena Grewe, our student highlight feature for this week at Boardman Training Center!

As a current student in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, Mikalena is completing her healthcare training classes, preparing for a new career that will allow her to help people and make a difference every day.

“I chose BTC because of the one-on-one environment you get. The classes are smaller, so each student is more likely to have one-on-one help from the teachers. I was also happy with the pricing of the classes and the classes they offer being a steppingstone into the medical field to be able to further my career one day,” said Mikalena.

Before enrolling with BTC, Mikalena was unsure of what to do and what direction she wanted to go. She had previously attended a larger university after high school, and while she loved the college environment, she wasn’t in love with her major of high school education. Education allowed her to help students but didn’t give her the same feeling as working in the medical field.

“I was struggling to decide if I wanted to further my education at a university, taking out more student loans and not knowing where in the medical field I wanted to be, or going back to a career center and being a CNA again,” said Mikalena.

Mikalena Grewe-Student Highlight

After deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and choosing to enroll with Boardman Training Center, Mikalena started school in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program.

“I picked the Cardio Phlebotomy program because of how much education I would receive, and by having certifications in both EKG and phlebotomy, I would have better job opportunities,” she said.

While enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, students have the opportunity to train for a new healthcare career in only 24 weeks, practicing hands-on skills that will be used on the job. Performing EKGs, drawing blood, and carrying out venipuncture procedures are just some of the hands-on skills students learn in this exciting program.

At Boardman Training Center, we love providing our students with a supportive and caring environment that feels more like a family than a school.

“My favorite part of BTC is that after so many weeks, the students in your classes and the instructors start to become a family. You are working together to help one another become successful in the field. Each student and staff member is rooting for you. I have met people I hope to have in my life for years to come,” said Mikalena.

So far, Mikalena’s favorite class has been phlebotomy. Due to COVID-19, the classes have been broken into groups, and her instructor Nikki has been great. “She is always encouraging and willing to help whenever students need her,” said Mikalena. She is also very thankful for Sandy, her instructor for the intro class. “Even after intro ended, I’ve been able to text her to ask questions or call when needed. I’m grateful that BTC has such amazing teachers.”

After graduation, Mikalena hopes to work in a hospital as a phlebotomist. in five years, her goal is to save enough money to go back to school to become a CT or MRI technician.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Mikalena said, “Yes, I would refer a friend to BTC because of the affordable price and the friendly people they would meet along the way.”

Are you looking for a career that allows you to help others daily? Do you want to fast-track your way to an exciting new career in healthcare? Then Boardman Training Center could be the perfect choice for you!

With career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Office Specialist, we can help you get started on your path to a new career today! Request information now to get started!

Shaun McCune – Graduate Highlight

Meet Shaun McCune, our graduate student highlight for this week at Boardman Training Center!

Like many students who attend BTC, Shaun wanted a quick and affordable way to get the training he needs to begin working in the healthcare field. “I was considering going into the medical field, and BTC offered an affordable way to start working in this field. I also prefer having live, on-campus classes instead of a purely online course,” said Shaun.

Shaun enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting his new career. When deciding on which program to attend, Shaun thought both EKG and phlebotomy seemed interesting, which is what led him to the Cardio Phlebotomy classes that include both. Shaun also thought that completing training in multiple areas sounded like a great way to keep job prospects open.

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Shaun attended a larger university and earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance. While Shaun learned a lot more than he expected about music and guitar, he said he could not make a good living with that degree.

Shaun McCune - Graduate Highlight

Shaun also worked at a shipping facility before deciding to attend BTC. He enjoyed the job there but did not want to pursue a career in freight services. Instead, he wanted to start a career in the healthcare field.

When asked what his favorite part of attending BTC was, Shaun said it is “getting to know the instructors and staff who have been very open to my questions and future possibilities.”

Shaun said that Mrs. Irene was a very engaging teacher, and EKG has been a super interesting topic to learn about, adding that he has found that cardiac rhythms have similarities with his music training.

“I have been fortunate to have already landed an EKG Monitor Tech position at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Gaining hospital experience while having full-time hours and benefits is a big plus,” said Shaun.

In the future, Shaun hopes to continue his training in the healthcare field by going into cardiac sonography. He believes that having experience with EKGs is very applicable to diagnostic imaging of the heart. Shaun also feels that there is something satisfying about working with rhythms and sound waves.

When asked if he would recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend, Shaun said, “yes, especially if the individual wants to go into medicine but does not know where to start.” For example, Shaun said that someone who wants to go into nursing could start working in healthcare as a phlebotomist and then find an employer that offers tuition assistance to complete a nursing program.

“I found the teachers and staff to be very supportive and flexible. They are extremely helpful with the hands-on, stressful elements of phlebotomy. They are very passionate about seeing me achieve my goals and start a new career,” said Shaun.

Just like Shaun has done, you can start your path to a new medical field career with healthcare classes at Boardman Training Center! Explore our healthcare programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist today.

With small classes, flexible financing, and personalized support, BTC can help jump-start your new career. Request information now to get started!

Christmas Giving: How To Give Back During the Holidays

The holiday season is here, with Christmas cookies, festive desserts, and great food. Many people truly believe that this is the most wonderful time of the year, but for those going through hard times, the holidays can be extra challenging.

That’s why this is the perfect time of year to give back to others. Read on as we share some great ways to help people during the holiday season!

Volunteer Your Time

Giving back by volunteering your time is a great way to help others during the holidays. Dealing with the pandemic and its effects has made this year difficult for many, and even more people are suffering from food insecurity and hunger. Starting your volunteering journey at a food bank or soup kitchen can really impact people in need.

Creating holiday care packages for families in your area is another terrific way to help those in need around the holidays. Churches and nonprofits frequently make and deliver holiday care packages, so check with them if you are interested in helping.

Christmas Giving: How to Give Back During the Holidays

Due to the pandemic, many nursing home residents have not seen their families or have visitors for most of the year. This can leave them feeling extra alone during the holiday season. One way to help lift their spirits during this time is to remotely visit nursing home residents via video calls, allowing you to chat with them and even sing Christmas carols. Check with your local nursing homes to see if this is something they offer!

Contribute Food

Donating food to people in your local community is an awesome way to help those in need during the holiday season. Nonperishable foods like canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, and rice are perfect items to contribute because they have a longer shelf life. Local organizations like food banks, churches, and shelters often distribute food around the holidays. Contact these organizations to see if there are any specific food items they need or pick up some extra canned goods on your next grocery trip!

Holiday food drives are also held by schools, employers, and other organizations to collect food items that will provide meals to families that need help. You can really help your local community by donating nonperishable food items to these food drives.

Give Toys

Another great way to give back during the holidays and spread some extra joy is by donating toys. Just think about how happy you could make a local child by donating a toy! Children’s shelters, homeless shelters, and children’s hospitals are wonderful places to give toys to. If you are interested in donating, contact these places to figure out if there are children there who will not get anything for Christmas, making sure to find out the child’s age so that you can get them an appropriate toy.

Additionally, you can go online and learn more about some of the national nonprofits that donate toys to children or give to a local toy drive in your area.

Donate Money

Providing money directly to nonprofits and organizations that work to help others is another amazing way to give back during the holidays. You can donate to local charities serving your community or to national organizations that cover the whole country. To find out how to donate, visit their website, or if the organization is smaller and does not have a website, just give them a call. Here are some nonprofits you can donate to:

You can also donate other items in addition to money that people may need, like blankets and clothing.

Be There For Others

The holiday season is the perfect time to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas by spreading joy and love to others. Many people cannot see their family this year and will be alone for the holidays because of the pandemic. Reach out to someone who is alone and make a difference just by letting them know you care.

Giving back and helping others brings joy to everyone involved, including you. Merry Christmas from everyone at Boardman Training Center, we hope you have a fantastic holiday!

The Best Time to Start a Career Training Program is Now

Many lives have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless people are facing a difficult time getting a job, while some are still adjusting to homeschooling their kids. For others, this pandemic has brought about many other life changes.

Numerous people have faced disruptions to their jobs this year and making a decision on the next step to take can be difficult, especially with the ongoing uncertainty. You might be unsure of what steps to take to begin a new career that has better job security or what the best alternatives are for career training.

Even though things may feel somewhat overwhelming, taking the next step forward will help you get ahead in your career and reach your goals. If you want to begin a career in the healthcare industry, there’s no better time than now to start a career training program. This week, we’re giving you insight into why it’s best to start now!

Train for A New Career

Throughout this pandemic, we have gotten a closer look at jobs that are essential, and working in healthcare is one of the key categories for essential work. These healthcare workers are on the front lines, fighting for the safety and health of all. Doctors, nurses, medical office specialists, phlebotomy technicians, and many others in the healthcare industry have devoted themselves to helping people affected by the pandemic.

Becoming an essential healthcare worker and selecting a career in the medical field can increase your job security in the short and long term. Preparing for a new healthcare career through training can help you be successful as an essential worker in the medical field.

Besides increased job security, attending a healthcare training program and starting a job within that industry gives you the opportunity to connect with people on a daily basis and help make a difference in their lives, giving you a more fulfilling career.

Finish Your Degree Sooner

Need another great reason to start your career training program right now? The sooner you begin a training program, the sooner you will be able to finish. It can feel like a big step to take. You may feel a little overwhelmed and like you are not ready. However, the longer you wait, the more time it will take to start your new career.

Initiating your new career sooner will allow you to start working and earning money faster. With each passing day, you are losing money that could have been earned, if you made the decision to start your healthcare career training now.

At Boardman Training Center, our healthcare training programs are designed to help you fast-track your way to an exciting new career. With our healthcare training classes that are completed in just weeks, you prepare for a career in the healthcare field much faster than traditional universities.

Stay Closer to Home

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is still present, there are many people who are nervous about whether they should go away to college. Being far from family members and interacting with people from different locations are major concerns at this time.

In spite of these concerns, there are still opportunities to begin a healthcare training program that is closer to your home. When you choose a program that will let you complete your healthcare courses within a small-school environment, while staying closer to home, it will give you better peace of mind for your concerns. In addition, you will have more help from family and friends, providing you with much-needed support systems.

When you are closer to home and attending a smaller school, you will also have the opportunity to network and create relationships in your local medical community and with potential employers.

Start Your Career Training at BTC

At Boardman Training Center, we are devoted to your success while you’re a student, and even after you graduate. Our WE CARE family atmosphere and supportive teachers will set you up for success in your exciting new career. With services offered to students like academic advising, career advising, and personal advising, we empower you to reach your full potential and achieve your career goals.

Explore our healthcare training programs in  Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to start your path to a new career with BTC! Request information to get started now!

Thankful for Our Students in 2020

At Boardman Training Center, our goal is to empower and encourage every student to achieve their career goals. From the minute you walk through our doors, to the day you graduate, we work hard to help you prepare and train for a meaningful, fulfilling career.

Our healthcare training programs are designed to give you the knowledge, skills, experience, and certification preparation needed to excel in your new career. We offer career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist that can be completed in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing what we at BTC are most thankful for: our students!

Check out some of our favorite student moments!

Hands-On Training

Students enrolled in our healthcare programs receive hands-on training to learn essential skills they will use on the job in their medical careers. Check out some of our students as they practice these real-life skills!

Earn Professional Certifications

Congratulations to all our BTC students who have worked hard and passed their certification exams, becoming certified professionals! Check out some of these great students!

Student Experience

We love creating a positive and supportive environment for our students to learn in as they complete their healthcare training classes! Check out some of the fun our students have had this year!

Join Us Today

Are you ready to get on the fast track to a new career as an essential healthcare worker? With our healthcare training programs, small class sizes, flexible financing, hands-on training, and student support, BTC may be the perfect choice for you! Request information today to get started!

Kharley Calabrese – Student Highlight

Meet Kharley Calabrese, our Boardman Training Center student highlight feature for this week!

Kharley is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program and has already completed the Cardio Phlebotomy program to get on the fast track to a new career in the healthcare field. She chose these Boardman Training Center programs for many reasons that are important to her and her future.

Kharley says she chose to complete cardio phlebotomy and medical office classes “to get better job opportunities, such as better pay and benefits, and also because I have always loved the health field and helping people.”

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Kharley attended a larger university for hospitality management but then realized that field did not have the opportunities she was looking for, especially in the local area. The cost of tuition was also too high.

In addition to attending college, Kharley also works at a restaurant while completing her healthcare career training at BTC. “I always thought maybe the restaurant I worked for would be a good career, but then I realized I was settling for less,” said Kharley.

Kharley Calabrese -Student Highlight

As Kharley realized that she wanted more for herself than her current job could offer, she made the decision to take her career to the next level by preparing for a job in the medical field.

She chose Boardman Training Center to fast-track her way to an exciting new career for a variety of reasons. “The prices were affordable, and the classes were great for my work schedule. Also, the classes were smaller, which is better for learning,” said Kharley.

Kharley is having a great experience as a student at BTC while completing her healthcare classes and training for a new career. “It is like my home away from home! The teachers are awesome and so are my peers,” said Kharley.

So far, Kharley says that Irene and Sandy have been her favorite teachers because they care about the students and make sure all your concerns and questions are answered.

After graduation, Kharley wants to work as a MA in a physician’s office or hospital. In five years, Kharley would love to have a well-established career in the medical field and possibly furthering her education.

When asked if she would refer BTC to a friend, Kharley said, “yes, because it’s affordable, the programs give you great job opportunities, and the instructors and staff are amazing!”

Do you want to take your career to the next level with more opportunities? Are you looking for a more fulfilling career that allows you to help people every day? Make the move and join us at Boardman Training Center! With a supportive educational environment, small class sizes, and flexible financing, we have just what you need to get started.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to advance your career with BTC!

The Benefits of Choosing a Small School

With a clear idea of the career path you want to take, it’s time to make that idea come to life. For most career opportunities, you will need formal training to be eligible for jobs in the career field of your choice.

There are many options to attend school and complete a career training program to help you on your new journey. You could select a larger university, try an online college option, or attend a small school. Each option will offer a different learning experience for students.

For a lot of people, attending a small school can make a big difference in their success story, during their career training program, and after graduation. Keep reading to find out more, as we share the benefits of selecting a small-school environment to get the training you need in preparation for your awesome career path.

Small Class Sizes

A direct benefit of being in a small-school environment is linked to the class sizes. On average, there are fewer students in each class in a small-school setting. This means there won’t be large lecture halls filled with 300+ people just listening to the lecturer talk.

When you attend a smaller school, it allows you to connect more with your instructors and classmates, and you will not be just seen as another number in the crowd. People will actually know your name and get to know you on a more personal level.

If you select a career training program that prepares you to work in a certain field, such as the Medical Office Specialist program here at Boardman Training Center, you will learn hands-on skills that will be beneficial to you as you begin working in your new career. The more practice you get with these hands-on skills, the better you will get at them.

Students who choose Boardman Training Center to train for a new career will also prepare to sit for professional medical certifications* while in their healthcare training program.

Personalized Attention

In addition to enjoying smaller classes, another great benefit of completing your career training at a small school, is that you will get personalized attention, which will help you do your best as you complete your program.

In a large university setting, you would be in classes with hundreds of people, and would get very limited time to interact with your instructors, because there isn’t enough time for professors to connect with every student. On the other hand, a small-school setting where teachers have more time for each student, allows you to receive the one-on-one interaction you need to excel in your classes.

At a small school, teachers are also more available outside the classroom, which means you will get direct assistance and help when you need it.

At Boardman Training Center, we offer a small-school environment designed to help you every step of the way. You’ll be part of our BTC family that engages you with personalized attention, while helping you reach your career goals. With our WE CARE approach to career training, your teachers will support and encourage you along your journey to a new career.

Student Support

As a student in a small-school environment, an additional benefit you will enjoy is the opportunity to get further assistance and support as needed while completing your career training classes. At Boardman Training Center, we provide academic support like tutoring and study services that will help you in your healthcare classes.

Other services provided in addition to great academic support, are the career services offered that help you get a head start in the job application process to begin your new career. Helping students create resumes and cover letters are just one example of the valuable career services offered here at Boardman Training Center.

Students who choose a small-school learning environment will have lots of opportunities to create lasting relationships with their classmates and instructors, on a personal and professional level. This gives you a stronger support system as you train and prepare for your new career path. Smaller schools also give students the option to be closer to home and get support from family and friends, which can be extremely helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Boardman Family

If you’re searching for a small school to help you succeed on your path to a new healthcare career, then Boardman Training Center could be a great fit for you. We provide a supportive family environment that gives you the necessary knowledge, skills, and certifications to be successful on your new career path.

Discover our healthcare training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to get started on your journey to a successful healthcare career. Request information today!

 

 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Charity Unruh – Student Highlight

Meet Charity Unruh, our student highlight for this week!

After graduating from high school, many people are unsure of what to do next. With so many options and career paths available to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one fits you best. Charity, our student highlight this week, experienced this as well.

“I was trying to decide what I wanted to do but couldn’t. I knew I had always wanted to do something in the medical field,” said Charity. When she was younger, her grandpa had cancer and had to have a lot of surgeries. In helping take care of her grandpa, she discovered that her niche in life was helping people. Her grandpa’s hospice nurse even told Charity that she is a natural nurse.

Charity’s mom is a pharmacist and she learned a lot about the medical field from her.

Before attending Boardman Training Center, Charity took a year off from school after high school to figure out what she wanted to do. She was originally going to go to college for nursing, but the cost of tuition was very high and unaffordable.

Charity Unruh-Student Highlight

“I chose BTC because it was affordable. I liked that it is a small facility with small classes. Also, I could tell right away that the staff cares about their students,” said Charity of her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

Charity is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting her career in the medical field.

“I chose my program because I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field. My grandpa is the one who inspired me by helping take care of him when he had cancer,” said Charity. Also, her grandpa always told her that she would be a nurse.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Charity said, “it’s that everyone here is so close knit, like a family. I also love that the staff goes to every length to make sure their students succeed.”

EKG is Charity’s favorite class in the Medical Office Specialist training program at BTC because she has always been fascinated by the heart.

Charity says that she would love to specialize in cardiology after graduating from BTC, because the cardiovascular system is her favorite and fascinates her the most. This goes back to Charity’s high school anatomy class when she dissected a pig’s heart. She was immediately intrigued and knew she wanted to work with the heart.

“In five years, I would like to have made a difference in as many peoples’ lives as I possibly can,” said Charity. She would even like to assist in heart surgeries one day.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Charity said, “I would most definitely refer BTC to a friend. The staff is incredible, and it feels like I’ve created a second family by attending BTC.”

Charity truly loves training for a new medical career at BTC and says that it has been phenomenal for her. She couldn’t imagine her life if she had not come here for school.

Even though high school was not her thing, Charity says coming to BTC was different because they take care of you here. She doesn’t know what she will do when she leaves BTC because it has become a second home to her.

“Give it a shot. Look into it. Honestly, if you enroll here, you will not regret it. It will be like you have a second family,” said Charity, giving her advice for anyone considering enrolling at BTC to train for a new healthcare career.

Do you want to start a career in the medical field with the opportunity to help people on a daily basis? Or maybe you are just graduating high school and are unsure of what to do next, just like Charity was when she graduated. Boardman Training Center is here to help you take the next step toward a successful and fulfilling healthcare career.

We offer career training programs in a variety of healthcare areas, including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Explore these exciting programs and request information today to get started on your path to a great career!

How to Choose the Right Career Training Program for You

We all excel at something we enjoy doing or things we are naturally talented in, so selecting a career path that is similar to our talents or the things we enjoy, will help create a more fulfilling career. There are many different options to choose from and sometimes this can be a little mind-boggling as you try to make the best decision.

There are some important steps to take when planning your career path. Setting time aside to create your career goals and finding out the job requirements, as well as searching for the most relevant and helpful training programs, are the right steps to get you into the career of your dreams. This week, we will look at some options that will help you make great career decisions.

Set Your Career Goals

There may be a goal you have in mind, like starting a career as a nurse, or you may require further guidance to help you figure things out. If you are undecided, here are a few questions to help with your thought process, as you create your own personal goals.

  • Why do you want to start a new career? Think about what fuels your passion to work within that specific field. Does motivation come through your family members? Would you like to improve your future or way of life? Are you self-motivated? Or are there other reasons?
  • What are you looking for in a new career? To decide which goals are a best-fit, it is important to understand what you would like to achieve from your career path. Would you prefer a high paying salary that gives you better security? Do you need more flexible working hours to create a better work-life balance? Are you motivated to work in a field where you are able to help others? Is working from home a top priority?
  • What areas are you interested in? Do you have any natural talents that will help you on your career path? Are you into technology? Do you enjoy interacting with others? Whatever your decision, select something that you excel at naturally.
  • Do you plan to continue advancing your career? Creating a plan of action will help you get to your chosen career path and advance. You can begin with the basics, then work your way up in the working world.
  • Where do you want to be in five years? You need to visualize where you want to be in the long run. In order to meet your career goals, you must have an idea of the end result. Would you like a new car or a dream home? Maybe you want to start a college fund for your child? Visualizing these results will continue to motivate you as you go.

Once you’ve completed your list of answers, you will be on the right track to creating a future you will thrive in. Always remember the goals you set should be SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

Take a look at this SMART career goal example: I want to start a career as a phlebotomy technician in Boardman within one year.

Determine Your Needs

You’ve successfully determined your goals, and now it’s time to think about what you need to achieve them. Each career path is different and will have different training requirements to help you get there.

In this stage, examine the job descriptions for the careers you are interested in pursuing. If you want to become a medical office specialist, take a look at the vacancies within your city for that role. What educational background do candidates need to have in order to apply? Is a license or certification mandatory? Do they require previous experience? When you are done reviewing the job descriptions and requirements, make a list of the things that are most relevant. This list is exactly what you need to qualify for the job.

It’s important to take note of the job qualifications, and it’s equally important to understand the option that works best for you. Here are some additional questions to help guide you.

  • What is your learning style? Everyone retains information in different ways and the way we remember this information is linked to our specific learning style. Some people learn better when they hear about a topic, while others are more attentive when they are reading. Some prefer to learn with the practical approach of completing a task and seeing the outcome themselves. Finding your learning style will help improve the career training choices you make.
  • What is your personality type? Our personality traits also affect how we retain information. Try taking a personality test like the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. This could help you learn more about yourself and how you can best utilize your learning style.

You now have the checklist of requirements you need in order to choose the best career training classes for you.

Research Career Training Options

Now it’s time to research the variety of career training program options that are available and choose the one that fits you best. In order to understand the options, you need to explore the programs that will help you meet your career goals and work with your specific learning style.

  • Does the program train you for the specific job you want? Do you recall that list you made based on job descriptions? We created it for this question. Take that list and do a comparison of the career training programs you are considering. Does it provide you with the knowledge and skills required? Do you prepare for professional certifications? Does the program timeframe align with your career goals? Will it help you advance in your career?
  • Is the school aligned with your needs? The next step to take, is to determine which school will be the best institution to meet your needs. Here are a few questions you can ask for guidance. Is there a dedicated admissions advisor that will help you understand the requirements for the application process? Are flexible financing options offered? Is the teaching style aligned to your learning style? Do students get personalized instruction?
  • What support is offered to students? You need to be aware of how the school will support you as a student and also after you’ve completed your career training. Here are a few questions to ask. Is the environment supportive for students? Is additional help and tutoring offered if needed? Are there any services available that will continue to be offered even after graduation?

When you have reviewed the options, assess the pros and cons by making a list to help you decide. After you’ve evaluated the career training options, you can confidently make a selection that will allow you to have a successful career.

Get Started Today

After going through these steps, you’ve created your career goals, figured out your needs, and decided on which career training program you will attend. So now you’re ready to get started on your journey to a new career!

If you want to begin a career in the exciting field of healthcare, Boardman Training Center may be perfect for you. We offer fast-track career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist.

Request information and our friendly admissions advisor will work with you to design a career training plan just for you!