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Planning: Returning to School and Job Outlook

Preparing, Helpful Pointers for Returning Adults

Studying Again for Returning Adults is like Cleaning off Silverware: Be Prepared, Work Hard, Don't Be Hard-On-Yourself, then Repeat the Rewards

Going back to school or attending a class is a time of transition in your life. Dreading it or loving it, you gotta go to school to better your life and or income. Here are some ways to make the transition a little easier. Be Ready for Class

Pack your backpack the night before school starts so you're not scrambling around at the last minute looking for what you need. Dress casual but not sloppy. The key is to wear what makes you feel good, whether it's a brand-new outfit or a comfy old sweater. The instructor has a job and will jump right into the first-lesson plan with a follow-up quiz. Also remember Industrial Training School is for students whose tuition is paid by a small business or a corporation or government agencies. Tuition cannot come from private citizens.

It all depends on the class and instructor

Here's a simple equation: new place = new emotions. Lots of people feel anxious, scared, or excited about school. Although people who are coming back as returning adults may be happy and can't wait to visit with friends they saw the last time or meet new one's. New students are likely to be tense or worried, and that is perfectly normal to feel nervous.

Brain Drain

Having a Brain Drain? School seemed simple when you were younger. Everyone told you where to go, what classes to take, and how to finish your homework. Now things are different; there are so many choices and priorities competing for your time. Stretch yourself too thin and you may find yourself feeling stressed out. Here are some things you can do to help regain control:

Plan ahead by reading.

Do advance reading like you are going to take a test.

Try not to fall behind.

If you feel yourself falling behind and starting to feel frustrated, let your instructor know.

It's better to get help early on than to wait and think you can ace the final if you spend a few nights cramming.

Almost everyone struggles with a particular subject or class. If you're having trouble with a particular subject ask for extra help after class. Taking a few minutes to address the problem right away can save time later, and if your instructor knows that you're struggling with something, he or she is likely to be more understanding of the situation.

Listen up. Paying attention in class can actually pay off in the long run. Sure, it's often easier said than done, but actively listening and taking notes during lectures can make recalling information easier when it comes time to study and remember things.

Quizzes and Testing

Quizzes and Tests are not like the 'Old Days,' for they may have more information in the body of the question than your answer needs. There maybe right wrong answers where the numerical solution you get is one of the answers. Pay attention to unit conversions.


Get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested. But as we get older this can change as well as your routines. So plan ahead if there is time zone change and the instructor is likely to know what students come from far-far away places.

Remember, sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class (embarrassing if you're caught!) and can also make it hard to concentrate. It can be more productive to get the sleep you need than it is to stay up late cramming: A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night.


Establishing a good relationship with the instructor helps them be more understanding and they'll be able to help you catch up.

Survival Tips

Here are some more things that can help put you ahead in school: The old saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" is never more true than when you're going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast.



Outlook on Jobs, Help Wanted, Employment

Looking for a job; job outlook

Jobs and Help Wanted

Vocational and trades have an excellent outlook. At most company's facilities and plants there is a need for knowledgeable employees. Every year, thousands of new jobs are created in these companies and there are many more that are needed to be replaced.

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What compensation you could expect depends on the locale. Take boiler operators, they can expect to start as a trainee in some rural areas at less than $20,000 per year and can earn up to $100,000 per year in some large metropolitan areas. There is always a need to knowledgeable & trained operators.

Important Points in Job Seeking:

Study your new potential job carefully & ask questions to determine whether you will like the new position.

Jurisdictions Is a Power Engineers License or Stationary Operating Engineers license need for the job?  Jurisdiction is a listing by geographical map of what is required for a license.

Jobs Can Be Found at the Steam & Power Forum, for they have a very large database of Boiler Jobs and Engineering as well as facility jobs for you!

More Jobs Can Be Found at the AST Forum, for they have a very large database of jobs for you in the Petrochemical Industry and Electrical and Welders and Engineers!

Where is the job located, can you afford to relocate and is living in that area affordable. Is there relocation assistance with your employer.

Does you training, education, experience and knowledge fit the new job position: Being over-qualified may not be beneficial and being under-qualified limits growth. However, being challenged is the best position.

Students that advance professionally by licensing receive a nationally recognized licenses through the National Association of Stationary Operating Engineers NASOE or American Society of Power Engineers. These courses are taught by an engineer and certified instructors.

Internal Job Applications:

Make a resume or detailed history of your:

Employment Record with type and size of equipment operated & maintained

Your new boss may not know you, so treat the application like a new job

Veterans (Military) Experience - Detail Duties and Responsibilities with rank including type and size of equipment operated & maintained

Include your Trade School & College diplomas or classes as well as Seminar attendance certificates

On Applications or Interviews

Intentional False Statements

Deception or Fraud in Application or Interview

Overstatement of Qualifications

Inappropriate Dress

Answering Cell Phone During Interview

Not Being Prepared - Supporting Documentation, Diplomas & Employment History

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Class Schedule
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