How to choose a continuing education course: three main questions

The professional educational supply is all too abundant nowadays, and it’s not always easy to orient ourselves about the proper school and teachers


Professional training’s environment for who works (or for who would like to work) into a specific branch (computer graphic in our case, but not only) is more and more full nowadays.

There’s an infinite number of courses you can choose, depending on necessities and wishes, developed by many different schools, and it’s quite difficult to get out of this complicated overview.

The risk is to focus on lessons not useful to your needs or to find inefficient or unserious centres: in short, to waste money you wanted to spend on your own professional growing.

In order to help you orienting yourself into this intricate jungle, we have decided to draft three main questions you will have to answer personally and some tips that will help you to choose your ideal course.


1) Which course of study suits you more?

This is the first question to asking when you start looking for a learning process, it strictly depends on which personal goal the student wants to reach.

If you want to acquire a specific skill, it’s better to choose a more detailed course, that will teach you everything you need to know about it.

Instead, if your purpose is to extend your professional capabilities more generically, maybe a wider study plan that could give you a series of skills to apply at work, will suit you more.

Having a look on those staff recruitment’s advertisements that concern the industrial branch you want to be part of, could be a good method to understand which education courses are more useful to guarantee you a job.

Different is the case of who chooses a branch of interest just for curiosity or passion: in this case obviously it’s not necessary to choose a course that will increase your curriculum.

Finally, the level of the course will have to be coherent with your already owned knowledges: a basic course if you start from zero, an advanced course if you already know something of the treated subject.


2) Which are your selection’s criterions?

Once you identify the study course that suits you more, you will have to orient yourself into the rich supply of teaching of that specific branch.

First of all, it’s important to have in count logistical and economical questions.

Pay attention to included and excluded costs of the offered course, and to eventual additional costs to take exams: when you decide to take on a learning path, basically you are investing on your own personal growing, so it’s very important to reflect on how much money are you ready to spend and above all how.

Sometimes online courses could be a good idea instead of fisical courses: first, they’re cheaper because of the lack of money to rent and to manage fisical structures and machinery and second, they guarantee you a total time-flexibility.

Another selection criterion could be related to the pedagogical method, whose efficacy strictly depends on the personal tastes and path of the student: somebody prefers more practical courses, that let you acquire field experience, somebody prefers theoretical courses.

The final purpose is to feel comfortable during all the duration of the education course, in order to always maintain motivation and continue to do the best.


3) Can you trust in the school and its teachers?

The crucial variable of every education course is the quality of the institute, of the material it provides to students and of its teachers, of course.

In particular, it’s fundamental to be sure not only of the didactic experience of the teachers, but also of their specific professional skills into the sector concerned: it’s worth knowing where they worked, for how many years, in which projects they had part to…For these reason, once you choose 5-7 potential education centre you find interesting, try to gather as more informations as possible on them: on their official sites, on specific forums with reviews of the students, or directly from the sector professionals.

If you have some other doubts, don’t hesitate in calling the school, and demand to answer to all of your questions: in particular about the teachers that will be present in the centre during the duration of your course.