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How to Prepare for Back-to-School & Career Success in 5 Steps

Career training is a proven path to a more secure future. Today’s economy favors specialization, and the more skills you acquire in a specific field, the more job opportunities you are likely to get.

Career training schools like UEI College in Arizona and California and United Education Institute in Georgia offer hands-on, highly focused career training programs in a wide variety of fields. These career training programs are geared for individuals who already have a busy schedule but want to continue improving their skill sets and specialize in their chosen field.

How can you juggle school classes with work and family time? Here are 5 steps you can take to prepare for going back to school and paving a smoother path to career success:


You’ve heard the expression, “When you have your health, you have everything.” It’s true. If your body is failing you – if you’re always sick, listless, and lacking stamina – any efforts you make to gain vocational skills will be a steep uphill battle. Choose a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Minimize foods high in sugar, salt, and processed carbohydrates, especially so-called “junk foods.” Find at least 30 minutes a day to exercise, even if that just means taking a brisk walk. And make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Having a solid sleep routine is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy, your mind sharp, and your spirits high.


Time management is essential to success in life – at school, at work and at home. At the beginning of each month, create a calendar and block out time for classes, at-home study, work, family, and “me time.”  Be realistic about how long each task is going to take to complete. Be ready to sacrifice evening and weekend hours to your studies knowing that this is going to be a short-term commitment with positive long-term results. Refer to your study schedule every morning so you can prepare yourself mentally for the day ahead. Once you get into a rhythm, you will find that keeping to your schedule requires less and less effort.


Make sure you have all the books and supplies you need (e.g. notebooks, pencils, etc.) before the start of class. Organize your writing materials in a way that works best for you. (Maybe you like using a single loose-leaf notebook with colored tabs for each class, or perhaps you prefer separate notebooks for each course.)  Make sure you have a sturdy backpack or other means of transporting your materials to school and back securely. Also, make sure you have dependable transportation available, whether it is your own car, public transportation, or a ride sharing service.


Where do you plan to study? Do you have a home office? Will you use your bedroom? The kitchen? Plan this out in advance. At UEI, many of our campuses are equipped with labs, a library, and computer labs that are available to you. It’s also important to let your loved ones know about this big decision and challenge you are about to take on so they are able to fully support you and provide you the space you need.


If you have a family or live with roommates, you’re going to need their support to get through this process. Make sure everyone is on board with your decision to go back to school, and actively seek their support in your effort. Whether you need assistance getting to and back from class, or a babysitter from time to time, it’s always good to talk to your friends and family. The more people on your team, the better your chances are for success.

At UEI College, you can get career training and skills that will help you create a better future for you and your family. UEI campuses offer programs in Automotive, Business, Criminal Justice, Dental, Health Care & Administration, and HVAC.


  • Graduation in as few as 10 months.* Get the training you need so that you can get to work in your new career quickly.
  • Day and evening classes. Classes are scheduled at times meant to fit into busy lives, not overhaul them.
  • Ongoing enrollment. New classes start almost weekly, so there are no waiting lists or delays by not getting into the classes you need until next semester.
  • One-on-one time with instructors. Classroom settings are kept small to ensure you have the help you need.

Classes are starting now. Contact UEI College for more information.

*Length varies by program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. UEI does not promise or guarantee employment to any student or graduate.

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