The turning of the calendar page from 2017 to 2018 means a fresh start for a lot of people. Things that seemed impossible in November or December can seem possible, or even probable, once there’s a new year and a blank slate. So many people make resolutions on New Year’s Eve because they want to become better people living better lives. We all have some things we want to improve about ourselves. It’s a very natural impulse. One way to improve your standing is life? Take steps to ensure you can secure a better job with a better salary.

Certifications

That guy working on your car at the auto repair shop probably didn’t get a bachelor’s degree in fixing cars. Instead, he probably went to an automotive college to get the training necessary to return people’s cars to good working order. Not everyone realizes that getting an associate’s degree or going through a certification program is an option if you want to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Bachelor’s degrees typically take about four years to complete, but most people can complete their training in automotive technology in less than two years.

If you decide to go the car repair route, make sure you select an institution that is both properly accredited and offers instruction from qualified teachers who are experts in the field. Hands-on experience really matters when you’re studying automobiles, so strive to attend a school that lets you get out there in the repair bay and do some work. Chefs don’t spend all their time in culinary school reading about recipes; they go into the kitchen, roll up their sleeves, and make something. Obtaining field experience working on cars affords you the ability to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. It’ll make you a much more confident worker when you do go out into the real world and start looking for jobs in the automotive industry.

Online education

There are some fields of study that require hands-on training, but there are plenty of others that don’t. That’s where online colleges and universities come in. Once we get past a certain age, it’s easy to feel like there’s no going back to school, and we’re just going to have to suck it up and get used to working at jobs that don’t pay much more than minimum wage. Don’t fall for that line of thinking. There’s a school out there that can offer you the degree plan you’re seeking, whether that’s an online accounting degree or an online marketing degree. The best part is it doesn’t really matter if the college is located in Oregon while you’re living and working in Nebraska. Just log onto your laptop and sign up for the classes anyway. A qualified teacher will work with you via email and other electronic means of communication. There’s no need to worry about getting on campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Instead, the campus comes to you. As long as you meet all the deadlines, you can work on a diploma on your own time.

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