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High-Value Certificate Programs Are Quick Way To Join A Career Field, Or Enhance Your Own

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 7, 2017 4:34:01 PM

As 4th of July festivities wind down and people ease in to the dog days of summer, many individuals begin looking ahead to the quickening pace of the fall.  If your plans include an investment in your future and your career, it’s worth a quick look at the PDI Fall Program Catalog to explore all the ways to enter a new career as well as the additional programs designed to enhance opportunities in your current career.

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Topics: certificate programs

What Are Certificate Programs?

Posted by Tami Russell on May 16, 2017 9:11:46 PM

Many universities, colleges and trade schools offer “certificate”programs.  However, not many of us understand what a “certificate” is and how it can help a professional.

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Two Ways To Make Tax Season Help Pay For Continuing Education

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 7, 2016 4:21:53 PM

Sometimes it takes an unexpected opportunity to inspire us to do something good for ourselves.  That big break can come in a variety of ways and present itself at different times in life. 

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Topics: certificate programs, lifelong learning

The Benefits of Trade Schools and Certificate Programs

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 15, 2016 11:24:20 AM

It’s a fact of life that not everyone goes to college.  The reasons generally break down into two camps – some can’t afford college, and for others, college is just “not for them”.  So, if you fall into one of those camps, you might ask yourself:

Are there any advantages of going the trade school/certificate program route?

The answer is yes.  That’s not downplaying the significance of a college degree but acknowledging there are alternatives with their own set of advantages.  Here are some examples:

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What It Takes To Be A Successful Private Investigator

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 1, 2016 11:40:41 AM

The sound of the phrase “Private Investigator” has a slight hint of glamor thanks to movies and television.  It can be hard to watch characters like Jim Rockford or Jessica Jones and not want a piece of the action.  However, just like any other profession, a private investigator is not a job you can just jump into without understanding what’s involved. 

So, here are some things to consider before deciding whether or not it’s right for you.

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Topics: certificate programs, private investigations

Certificate Progams - A Route To New or Improved Career Options

Posted by Tami Russell on Jan 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s next for me?”  Most of us have, especially as we consider our jobs, our careers, or our professional lives.

After all, we spend so many hours of our day at our jobs that it only makes sense that we make our livelihood in an environment that gives us both personal satisfaction and reasonable compensation.

For some, the route to success is a basic college degree, followed by an advanced degree, followed by workshops, training programs, seminars.  For others, a happy working life is found through a trade school or an apprenticeship program. 


Another option that may help launch or enhance a career is a trusted Certificate program – often an accelerated option for people who are interested in exploring another career or who need to earn the credentials necessary to advance in a particular career.

Confusing?  Yes, it can be overwhelming for the individual who identifies a vocation and then begins plotting the path to achieve employment in that field.

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Topics: certificate programs

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