Choosing a school of higher education can be daunting; however, unlike careers in education or medicine, those seeking careers in specialized skills such as Web Design, are inundated with schools advertising on television and internet announcing the benefits of their programs. Most of these schools are legitimate and offer short term programs; however, caution is wise when choosing a college as this greatly impacts future employment.
There are many issues to consider when searching for a school. If you are raising a family while seeking a career change or obtaining a degree, time is valuable to you. Online schools offer flexible class schedules that fit into your routine. Those who are fresh out of high school may choose a four year school to gain the added benefits garnered with a four year degree. Following are options to consider when choosing a Web Designer School.
Tuition: How much can you afford to invest in education? Going into a new career in debt, especially if you already have family obligations, is something to consider. Financial aid and scholarships, although abundant, do not always cover the full cost of tuition. Focus on schools that provide job placement services upon graduation; quite often, recent graduates are exposed to more job opportunities allowing them to begin paying down educational debt quicker.
Graduation: Do you have the time to invest in a four year school? If so, attending a four year school is recommended; however, for those who have limited time, and money, choosing a two year program that earns a certificate or Associates degree is a viable option.
Faculty: Teachers’ credentials are important. Experience working in Web Design is an essential requirement for your teachers. Teachers, who have hands on career experience, bring valuable tools to the classroom. Further, teachers who have worked in Web Design have associations that may help students’ secure future employment.
Location: This is another important consideration. Prior to, or right after graduation, future Web Designers will serve an internship. This is a time of training, under the guidance of a supervisor, in a “real world” setting. Your school has connections to firms who are willing to train interns. Choosing a school close to opportunities will save time and expenses during the internship. As a note: quite often successful internships turn into job opportunities.
Accreditation: Buyer beware! Accreditation is attached to schools that meet required industry standards. Take time to ask if the school you are considering is accredited. While, some employers will consider graduates of schools who do not meet accreditation standards, most will not and this is especially true when seeking employment in a state other than the one where you received your degree. Taking time to research a schools accreditation standing is worth the benefit of not being turned away by future employers.
While searching for a Web Design school can be overwhelming, using the guidelines mentioned above will help narrow down the choices and pave the way to a successful career in Web Design.