New to College
Research your educational options and gather tips for first time adult learners.
Deciding to earn a college degree or enter a job training program is a big goal. It takes effort and organization to make and accomplish goals, but it also helps create a clear path to your ultimate goal of career success.
Set a Career Goal
Your ultimate goal is to gain the skills needed for a new job or advancement within your career. How do you get there? What job do you want?
- Explore Careers
Find resources to explore your career options and set your career goal.
- Identify Your Transferable Skills
Transferable skills can be used, or transferred, from one job to another. Understand your skills and how they can transfer to other jobs.
- See Your Skill Gaps
Have a career goal in mind? Identify any skills gaps as you move from one career to another.
- Refresh Your Skills
Evaluate the skills you already have to understand where you might need to spend time brushing up on old skills or learning new ones.
Set an Education Goal
Now that you have a career goal in mind, what education and training is needed to make it happen? What will the challenges be as an adult going to school?
- Plan Your Education
Find resources to explore your education options and set your training goal.
- Prepare for Entrance & Placement Exams
Some schools use exams to see how ready you are for college-level work. Get details about these entrance and placement exams and how they are used by schools.
- Get Credit for Prior Learning
Some of your past experiences, like paid or volunteer work experience, high school courses, military service, or self-directed learning can be used for academic credit.
Are your future goals realistic? Do you have the resources to make them happen? Budgeting can be an important reality check as you plan for the future.
- Create a Budget
Make plans for your money so that you can meet your needs today and in the future.