So you’ve decided to follow an OpenClassrooms Career Path. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first and most important step. Now you need to decide which of our programs is the perfect fit for you – the one that will help you achieve your career dreams.
But how do you make sure you choose the right program? We suggest starting with the end in mind and focusing on your end goals. Is it to help you get a job you love in a new domain or build upon your existing career path? With your objectives in mind, there are a few essential questions you’ll need to ask yourself to make your decision:
What do you want from your career? Where do you want to work? What would you like to actually do? What kind of work-life balance do you seek? Are thinking of being an external contractor? Salaried employee? Entrepreneur?
What skills do you want to develop? What skills do you already have? What are you able to do now and what would you like to be able to do in the future? Identifying both your strengths and your weaknesses in terms of your competences will enable you to come up with a plan of action that builds on skills you already possess and fill in the gaps for the ones you are missing.
At OpenClassrooms, we offer programs that are equivalent to associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s-level diplomas, so you can choose a Career Path that’s at a level that responds to your desired future.
What’s your current education level? Many of our programs are available to people who have no formal higher education training at all, while some of the more technical Career Paths such Data Analyst will require you meet a few entry requirements in order to enroll.
How long do you intend to study for, and to what extent will you be able to dedicate your time to your program? Is this a short term or a long term project? In regards to the amount of time you should dedicate to studies per week, we recommend around 20-30 hours.
What is it really like to work in the job? When it comes to choosing the type of role you’d like to work in, knowing as much as you can about what that position really entails is a must. After all, having an understanding of what it’s really like to work in the job will help you avoid being disappointed in the long run.
In order to help you, we provide information about salary expectations and the kind of tasks you’ll be faced with when you begin working in your new position.
If you have more questions, we suggest you reach out to one of our Student Success Team members who can help you along your journey.