If you’ve decided to attend an accredited trade school like J-Tech Institute to gain the hands-on skills you need to start a successful career, congratulations! You’ll get essential career training to become an auto technician, diesel mechanic, welder, commercial truck driver, HVAC technician, or another high-demand job. Here are four tips to help you make the most of your tech school experience.
1. Build a support structure and ask for help when you need it.
Take the time to talk to your instructors, teaching assistants, advisors, and fellow students and get to know each other, so you’ll be comfortable asking questions or for help with a topic you find challenging. You may also want to join study groups for additional support. Trade school can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone!
2. Make a strategy for studying.
Just like you have a schedule that tells you when you will attend class, block out time for studying every day instead of cramming right before an exam. Choose a time of day when you feel most productive – so if you aren’t a morning person, don’t plan to study then. Once you’ve set a time for studying, don’t let anything interrupt or distract you. Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” and silence email/text/social media notifications. Ensure that friends and family know not to bother you during study time and find a place to work that’s quiet and private.
3. Avoid burnout.
People don’t perform their best when they are exhausted or stressed out. So be sure to take care of yourself during your technical training. Take study breaks and make time in your schedule to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of sleep.
4. Find a school that helps you transition into the workplace.
The whole point of technical training is to prepare for a career, so be sure to choose a school that offers career assistance. At J-Tech, we provide comprehensive career advice and a transitional program designed to help you find the job of your dreams. You’ll learn about professionalism, leadership, team building, and gain employment skills like resume development, conducting a job search, applying and interviewing for a job, etc. We also offer assistance with job placement and have built strong relationships with several employers.
Getting hands-on experience at an accredited trade school can prepare you for a great career in a range of industries. Ready to get started? Check out J-Tech Institute and choose from many exciting programs like Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, HVAC-R and more. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our admissions department.