I’m super excited to be partnering with Kaplan on this post today. This blog series is about becoming proactive with your education and actively seeking opportunities to learn and advance your career. I’m a huge believer in continuing your education, whether that is from taking classes online, watching you tube videos or reading books. I think we always have room to grow and learn new things. One of our favorite activities to do as a family is to go to the Library together. I am constantly amazed at how fast my kids learn and it has helped keep me on my toes. I hope one day to be able to go back to school and finish my degree. During high school I went to beauty school and then started on my associates after that. Once I had kids I had to stop and definitely plan on going back once they are a little older. Since my husband has been in school for the last 20 years, I thought I would let him chime in for this post. He is so hard working and his hard work has paid off. He will be graduating medical school this May and starting his residency this summer (here’s to another 5 years)! He is such a an example to me. Take it away hunny…
It was over ten years ago, while I was still in high school, that I decided to embark on a career path that required a lifelong commitment to education. I worked hard to get good grades at the time so that I would be able to go to college, one step of many, to obtain my goal. For my efforts I was awarded a tuition free scholarship to Arizona State University. My days were long, full of classes and labs but I felt like I needed to get some experience in the field that I was pursuing to see if I was a good fit before I was invested too deep. I got a job at a local hospital as a patient transporter. It was my job to push patients on their hospital beds, stretchers, or wheelchairs to get their radiology tests. It was a pretty basic job but I enjoyed making conversation with the elderly, experienced patients.
My next step was to transfer to a job in the emergency room. In addition to my classes at ASU I took an 8 credit hour course to become certified as an emergency medical technician. With this certification I met the requirements to work as an emergency room technician. When I applied there were only night shifts available This was not something that I wanted to do, especially while I had a full plate of classes; although, I was offered the job and I took it. I remember several specific instances where I would finish my 12 hour night shift and have to drive straight to ASU for a long day. It took nearly 2 years before I was able to transfer to the day shift but I knew that the medical field was the career path that I wanted to pursue.
I was later married, began my family, and was accepted into medical school. I learned an important tip while I was at school to improve my ability to learn that has helped me in real life. I was advised on one occasion that I should keep a note card with me that I could write on anytime I heard something that I didn’t know about. That way, I could look it up later and become familiar with it for the next time it came up in discussion. Initially, I was filling up my notecards in a flash. Eventually, as I became more knowledgeable, I noticed that I was only writing a few things each week on my card. It was amazing to see how much I was able to improve by keeping up with this small task. My father has a similar method of learning. Instead of keeping a card or a notepad and waiting to hear something that he doesn’t know much about, he actively chooses to learn a new word each week. He practices using the word throughout the week and is usually able to commit it to memory in that time frame. What a great way to increase your vocabulary! In a world where knowledge is at the tips of our fingers with access to the internet, a desire to learn becomes more and more important to better prepare ourselves for our current position and for our future. It seems ridiculous but I have already had experiences where even knowing or being familiar with just one more word than another applicant has been the difference in getting the job/promotion. So whether it’s finally finding out what HTML really means or, in my case, what the difference between a hordeolum and a chalazion is, writing things down and looking up the meaning later has been one tool that I have used to help me obtain my goals.
Change is inevitable. But, making change happen when you want it to can be hard. And when you want to make a real change, you need to learn something new. Because education is the key to change, Kaplan has spent 75 years re-writing the rules of education. Because they believe that education is not one size fits all. A system focused on the needs of individuals can give students the power to change their lives. Kaplan wasn’t satisfied with the status quo, and you shouldn’t be either. To jumpstart your change, we encourage you to watch Kaplan’s video series, Visionary Voices, to hear the latest insights on emerging trends from notable thought leaders; participate in Kaplan’s ADVANCE: Career. Education. You. group on LinkedIn to connect with professionals committed to life-long learning; and connect with students, alumni and educational professionals at StudentAdvisor.com, Kaplan’s one-stop-shop for the latest education news, reviews, and advice.
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