already had a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Humanities under her belt
when she discovered an unknown talent and passion for graphic design. So rather
than begin a four-year Bachelor’s program, she did the smart thing: she
enrolled in a continuing education course.
For professionals like
Ogilvie who are looking to enter a new field, continuing education classes are
an attractive option in a tough economy. Not only are they faster and less
expensive than Bachelor’s programs, but they often allow students to continue
working while they gain the skills they need to make a career change. (Some
courses are even offered online.)
In Ogilvie’s case,
this new career will be one in which she can build on the graphic design talent
she discovered in her current position as Department Assistant at Northwestern
University. To complete graphic design projects that her department needed,
Ogilvie taught herself the basics of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and other
essential graphic design programs. She hopes that the survey design course and
Adobe Illustrator courses she enrolled in at The School of the Art Institute
will take her to the next level.
classes I’ll actually learn everything the tools can do, and how to make things
look the way I want them to. I’m basically hoping to improve on what little
knowledge I have of the creative suite, as well as think more like a designer
and somehow be able to channel the rather far out ideas I usually have into
more tangible, realistic designs. ” Ogilvie added.
These skills will also
help her compete with other graphic designers in an economy that’s still on its
way to recovery. And she’s not the only one using continuing education classes
to further her career. A winter 2010 survey of community college presidents
showed that enrollment across the country is up from 2009, with a portion of
that growth in certificate, workforce and career enhancement programs.
And once she has her
certification in hand, Ogilvie will be able to do more than just changer her
career. She’ll be able to change her life.
wanted to move overseas, so I’m hoping this will make me a more attractive
candidate to employers, and that it will help me get a more lucrative
job,” Ogilvie said.
Want to learn more
about graphic design programs?
Graphic design careers
offer the opportunity to work with a variety of media, color palettes, and
fonts whose names you can’t pronounce. They also offer some serious job
opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, specialized
design services (which includes graphic design) is one of today’s fastest
Plus, many graphic
design programs can be completed online, which allows you to get the skills you
need on your timetable. For more information, check out this graphic design
degree programs page.… Read More
If your first language
is not English but you wish to student at a UK university, a University
Foundation course is an excellent step towards getting you where you want to
Even if your English
skills are good, a University Foundation course will also improve the academic
and research skills which are essential for higher education in the UK. The aim
of university access courses is to ensure that students are prepared in all
ways for UK higher education – that includes both linguistically and
psychologically. Preparing in this way means that students are then able to
make the absolute most of their degree course or MA in the UK.
Courses are available
which are tailored for an undergraduate degree or an MA and the programmes are
split into language skills and academic skills.
university foundation courses are aimed at those wishing to enter undergraduate
arts, science or humanities courses. MA access courses are aimed at students
wishing to study at postgraduate level in the UK. Both programmes include a
focus on research and academic writing but these skills feature even more
heavily on the MA prep course.
Foundation course features
These are the types of
things you can expect on a university foundation course:
preparation. You will be able to sit the exam up to three times.
including academic and cultural topics
tutorials with regular chances to discuss your progress
to study independently as often as you like
How many people will
be in my class?
There should be a
maximum of 12 students in your class. Often there will only be 8 or 10.
How long do the
Courses can last
between one term and three terms. One term lasts 12 weeks. You’ll normally be
expected to study for around 25 hours per week.
What are the entry
For an undergraduate
university foundation course you will need evidence that you have completed
high school education in your home country.
For a Masters entry
course you’ll need to be able to prove that you have completed a degree in your
home country. It is often likely that this degree will need to be in the same
subject or a related subject to the one you hope to study at postgraduate level.… Read More