After graduation, you could consider pursuing a career working at an animal shelter, as a pet groomer, or you could even start your own doggie day care like Nicole Moore from our Stautzenberger program (a sister school of Rockford Career College).
What would you be willing to give up to make your dream a reality? Inconvenience and our unwillingness to step outside of our comfort zones often cause us to miss out on wonderful opportunities. Taking action is what separates the dreamers of today from the achievers of tomorrow. For Anthony Walker, beginning a new career was worth the sacrifice he made.
Did you know that America has an electrician shortage? In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be 85,900 open jobs in the electrician field by 20241. The 2017 annual mean wage of electricians in Illinois was $61,010 to $81,600.2 Although our reliance on electronics— including HVAC systems for our homes and businesses—increases, fewer students are choosing this field for their future careers. Steven Lowe, a recent Rockford Career College graduate, decided to go against that trend.
When you hear the word “creative,” what comes to mind? You might think of painters, sculptors, singers, writers, or actors. However, creativity manifests itself in many ways. Welders also create a very practical form of art. Essential to a plethora of industries, welding is a highly versatile skill that results in useful products and allows businesses to continue operating efficiently. This is why Patrick Brown chose welding for his career.
“Just believe in yourself,” says Rockford Career College graduate Damon Hess. “Even if you don't, pretend that you do. At some point, you will.”
Yes, the best-kept secret is that even outwardly confident, secure people sometimes wonder if they are good enough. What do they do? They push through the doubts, just like Mr. Hess did. Perhaps you are unsure if you could succeed in college because of that C in high school. Instead of worrying about that, focus on what you are good at and choose a career that matches that strength.
“Work hard and stay humble.” It may sound like simple advice; but, sometimes, that's all it takes to reach your goal. When Jason Grzelak was ready for a career change, this was the motto he set for himself. By living out these words, he was able to find his perfect career.
“I was tired of working dead-end jobs and wanted to get into a high-demand career,” says Mr. Grzelak. Seeing the local demand for welders, he joined Rockford Career College's ten-month welding program. He graduated in January of 2019 and is already employed by Stainless Tank & Equipment.