Cassidy Neely – Graduate Highlight

Dental Assisting graduate, Cassidy Neeley, enrolled at Ohio Valley College of Technology straight from high school. Cassidy really wanted a school with small classes and a family-like environment with one-on-one opportunities within the classroom. After meeting with an admissions advisor and touring the campus, she quickly realized that OVCT was the right fit for her.

Cassidy took a great interest in dentistry, teeth, and oral hygiene ever since she was little. As a child, she used to love going to the dentist for appointments. As she got older, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in the dental industry’s hygiene sector and recognized dental assisting as a great stepping stone for this career pathway. Upon graduating from OVCT’s Dental Assisting program, Cassidy became a Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant and was placed as a Dental Assistant at Aspen Dental in Steubenville, OH. She looks forward to expanding her skills within her field and hopes to continue her education in dental hygiene within the next five years.

As a student, Cassidy was actively involved in campus and community events. She became a special part of the OVCT family with her bubbly personality and her ability to make friends. Her favorite part of attending OVCT was the family environment and “all the people I got to meet.” She built trusting and enduring relationships with her dental assisting classmates and found support in her instructors and staff. Cassidy has great respect for her Dental Assisting Program Director, Jamie Stine. She particularly enjoyed her Dental Terminology courses. Cassidy’s time at OVCT significantly coincided with the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. She had first-hand experience with OVCT’s smooth transition to remote learning options and socially distanced lab experiences. This equipped her to be adaptable and persistent in her career.

When asked if she would refer people to OVCT, Cassidy stated that she absolutely would because “it is a great school with caring teachers.” Cassidy exemplifies the potential success that can be achieved through hard work, dedication, a passion for learning and one’s vocation, and a passion for others.

Want to learn more about taking the first step toward your career in the dental field or how to become a part of the OVCT family? Visit or give us a call!

4 Tips for High School Seniors Choosing a College in 2021

This year has been a very different experience for high school seniors, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: every graduating senior must determine what they’re going to do after high school.

It can seem scary and uncertain to graduate high school during a pandemic. At Ohio Valley College of Technology, we want you to know that we’re here to support you through every step. Read on to discover our best tips for graduating seniors choosing a college in 2021!

Know Your Options

We have seen many changes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, but high school seniors still have numerous alternatives for what to do after graduation. One option is to immediately enter the workforce with a job in food service or retail. Another option is to enroll in a traditional university and be there for the next 4-6 years. A career-focused college degree may be your best option for those who aren’t willing to spend that much time and money.

An accelerated degree program, such as those offered here at OVCT, enables you to earn your college degree faster, saving you time and money.

It can be helpful to discuss your plans for after high school with other people in your life, such as parents, friends, teachers, and guidance counselors. They may have viewpoints and thoughts that you had not considered. Always do your own research for what path will be best for you because you are the one making this important decision that will have a large impact on your career and your life.

Make Your Plan

After reviewing the options you have for after high school, now you’re ready to create a plan personalized just for you. Your plan will be based on your career goals. For example, if you want to become a nurse, you will need a comprehensive nursing degree program that prepares you for the NCLEX-RN exam. Write down your specific career goals, including the industry you want to work in and the job you want to get.

If you’re not sure what you want to do in your career, try taking our career test or finding another one online. These types of tests take into consideration your interests, strengths, skills, and experiences to help guide you toward the best career choice for you.

For high schoolers who already know what career you want, now it’s time to plan your path to get there. What degree, experience, and skills will you need? Do you need to obtain any certifications or licenses? What specific areas and tasks will you need to be trained in? Answering these important questions will help you choose a college that provides exactly what you need to succeed in your career.

Start Applying Now

You know what career you want and the credentials you need to get there, so you’re ready to apply to the college that can make your dreams come true. Do some research on the different schools that offer the degree program you need. Choosing the right school can make or break your college experience, so be sure to find out about the learning environment and services offered. Here are some great questions to ask:

  • Are classes accelerated or traditional length?
  • How does the school support its students?
  • Will you receive hands-on training in your degree?
  • What types of career services are provided to students?
  • Are there positive online reviews for the school?

After you choose the college that fits your needs, reach out to them to begin enrollment. Schedule a campus visit or a virtual tour to get a feel for what it’s like being a student there. Write down all your questions about the college or your chosen program so that you are prepared when you meet with them for your admissions interview.

Complete the Process

Now that you’ve applied to college, you need to complete the enrollment process. Your admissions advisor will explain what you need to do to complete your college enrollment. If your degree program has extra steps, like an entrance exam or college essay, be sure to plan for these due dates and get everything done in time. Additionally, you will need to complete the FAFSA and apply for any scholarships or grants that you may qualify for.

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, you will work with a dedicated admissions advisor one-on-one to design a career plan that works for you. We know that every student has a unique situation that includes different goals and requirements for their educational journey. You will have the support of our admissions staff from the moment you first reach out to us to when you start your classes and beyond. We are here to guide you through every step.

If you’re a high school senior who is unsure of what to do after graduation, request information or call us at (330) 385-1070 now. We’re ready to help you begin your path to the career of your dreams!

Makayla Vance – Student Highlight

Before attending Ohio Valley College of Technology, medical assisting student, Makayla Vance, was attending another college. She did not feel this school was a good fit for her. “The atmosphere was not what I had in mind, and I was not happy with the way I was being taught. I felt like a number in an ocean of many other students.” However, after visiting the OVCT campus and meeting with admissions, Makayla knew right away that Ohio Valley College of Technology was the right school for her. “I just wanted to get my education. Hearing about the small classroom sizes and seeing how friendly the staff was while I was going through the admissions process sealed the deal. After attending a horrible college previously, I was skeptical of any school. I truly did not think when I started here that I would fall in love with it, but I did! At OVCT, I feel understood, accepted, and not lost like I did in my previous college experience. The atmosphere is exactly what I had in mind with small classes and a family of support in faculty and staff.”

When considering programs, Makayla chose medical assisting. “It is my dream to work at an OB/GYN office and then continue my education to nursing. Medical assisting is a perfect stepping stone! I have always been determined to help people, and this career path seemed perfect for me. However, I did not know how much I would love it until I started! I whole-heartedly love coming to school every day and learning all about the world of a medical assistant. It fits my interests and personality perfectly. Caring for others is such a passion of mine, and I am so excited to do that every day and continue my education.”

Although she loves all of the faculty and staff at OVCT, Makayla says, “My favorite faculty and staff at OVCT are Mrs. Scott, Mr. Ream, Mrs. Poynter, and Natalie at the front desk. Mrs. Scott is the absolute sweetest person and will go above and beyond for her students. She truly cares about the material she teaches and is just the best teacher I have ever had. Mr. Ream is the most friendly and down-to-earth person. He is always willing to help you and make sure you have everything you need. He is constantly checking up on his students. Ms. Poynter has an excellent teaching style and a great personality. She is always smiling and willing to help her students at any given time. Natalie may be new to our campus, but she is so friendly and a great person to see when you first walk into OVCT! She is such a hard worker and has been willing to help me since she first started.”

When asked if she would recommend OVCT, Makayla said, “OVCT truly saved me. I 100% would not be where I am today without this school. I am more confident and determined than ever because of my teachers. How dedicated they are to me made me even more dedicated to my education! I would recommend this college to absolutely anyone.”

To learn more about the OVCT family and how to jumpstart your medical assisting career, request information here!

The Benefits of Completing an Externship in Your College Degree

Congratulations on deciding to further your education and earn a college degree! Now it’s time to decide which school and program are the right fit for you and your career goals.

One thing you may want to consider as you choose a college is whether there is an externship experience that you can complete while earning your degree. An externship is a chance to work in the real world while still in school and has many benefits for you and your career. Keep reading to find out our top externship benefits!

Gain Valuable Experience

The first benefit to completing an externship while in your college degree program is that it allows you to gain valuable, real-world experience in your chosen career field. Gaining the essential knowledge that you will need when you begin your career is great, but getting actual experience can take you to the next level, giving you a head start when applying for jobs. If an employer has a choice between a candidate who has real-world experience and one who does not, they are more likely to choose the person with experience.

Completing an externship and gaining experience are great ways to build your resume. You can add this experience, specific tasks you completed, and any other skills you learned while at your externship to your resume.

While you are enrolled in college and doing your externship, you can also learn which type of organization you would like to work for after graduation. Maybe you thought you wanted to work for a hospital but realize that a doctor’s office will work better for you. Or maybe you wanted to work for a public company, but now you feel like a nonprofit would be a better fit. Getting on-the-job experience in your externship allows you to get a feel for the organization’s work culture to determine which aligns best with you and your needs.

Develop Your Skills

Another benefit of an externship experience is that it allows you to practice the hands-on skills you have learned in the classroom and labs. Applying the knowledge you have acquired to a real work environment can set you up for success in your career. The more practice you get at something, the better you will be, so getting additional practice in the real world will increase your skill set.

You will have the chance to develop soft skills like communication, teamwork, time management, and more while completing your externship. These soft skills are just as important as the hard skills you learn for your job, and many employers look for these soft skills when interviewing candidates in the hiring process. in addition to soft skills, you can also build confidence in yourself and your skills that will help you excel when starting your career.

Make Professional Connections

A third benefit of attending a college degree program that includes an externship is that it allows you to begin making professional connections, even while you are still in school. Building positive relationships with people at your externship and potential employers helps you create a network that will be valuable when it comes time to apply for jobs.

As you complete your externship and build your professional network, you can get your foot in the door with local organizations and potential employers. If you have a positive externship experience and would love to work for the company, let them know and keep an eye out for any job openings that arise.

At an externship, you have the opportunity to find a mentor that can help you in your career. Maybe there is someone further along that can give you advice and guidance that could be your mentor. Additionally, you can get feedback from real professionals in the field to help you perfect your craft. Always remember to ask for references and recommendations from those at your externship, as these will come in handy when job searching.

Get Started With OVCT

Are you ready to start your path to a great career? At OVCT, we have just what you need with externships, student support, career services, and caring instructors. Explore our college degree programs and contact us today to get started!

Natalie Gratteri – Graduate Highlight

Before OVCT, I was at a different college and extremely unhappy. I took a break for a month to really think about what I wanted in life. That’s when I heard about Ohio Valley College of Technology, and I knew I needed to check it out. When I arrived, I had my mind set that it was just another school that wants me to apply. However, I decided to give it a chance. After meeting with Admissions Advisor, Donna, I quickly realized I was completely wrong. The staff and faculty went out of their way to show me that they genuinely cared about my future endeavors.

I chose to enroll at OVCT because I was warmly greeted and cared for as soon as I walked in the door. I also chose my major in medical assisting because I love [helping] people, and I knew that any job I wanted had to revolve around doing just that. My experience as a medical assisting student was nothing short of amazing. I have never felt more successful because of what I was given here at OVCT. The instructors and faculty truly care about you and want you to succeed. I cannot express how many times they took time out of their day to help me with whatever I needed.

In the classroom and in clinicals and externship, I had the opportunity to learn and absorb so much. In my Career Preparation course, I created a uniquely tailored professional resume and career portfolio. There were countless opportunities to learn and grow during my time at OVCT. I enjoyed the education, the faculty, and my peers. It was really a family here. I always called OVCT a home away from home because I always wanted to be here.

After graduating, I had the opportunity to come back to this family as their new Administrative Assistant. I started in February, and I love my role here so far because I love being surrounded by loving people and helping students. I feel as though I can uniquely relate to students because I was once in their shoes. I hope I can give OVCT as much as this school has given me, and I hope that I continue doing work in this school because I am truly grateful for it.

Why You Should Choose A
Direct Admission Nursing Program

Have you always dreamed of becoming a nurse but are unsure where to start? Or maybe you are looking at different career options in healthcare and considering the nursing field. Whatever your unique situation may be, a direct admission nursing program could be perfect for you!

Nursing is an excellent career choice because of the constant demand for nurses. With increased access to healthcare and an aging baby boomer population, the need for nurses is expected to continue growing well into the future.

So, where should you start your path to becoming a nurse? There are various options available to become a nurse, but a direct admission program has many advantages. Read on as we share with you exactly why you should choose a direct admission nursing program!

Start Nursing Courses Immediately

The top advantage to choosing a direct admission nursing program is that you get to start taking nursing courses immediately when you begin the nursing program. There’s no need to take years of general education classes before being accepted into a nursing program. With a direct admission nursing program, you are accepted “directly” into the program.

By starting your nursing classes right away, you get a head start over those who choose to attend a traditional nursing program. You get to dive right into your nursing classes, learning valuable skills and essential knowledge that will help you make a real difference in patient’s lives once you start your nursing career.

Take Exact Classes Needed

When you start taking nursing classes immediately, it allows you to avoid the two years of general education classes that non-direct admission programs require. This means that you are only taking classes you need and skipping those not related to nursing. When you don’t have to take courses that you don’t need, it saves you time and money on your way to becoming a nurse.

At OVCT, our direct admission Nursing program allows you to start taking exciting nursing classes right away, learning essential aspects of nursing, such as nursing values, the nursing process, health promotion and maintenance, therapeutic communication skills, and more!

Graduate In Less Time

In a direct admission nursing program where you start nursing classes immediately and take the same courses you need to become a successful nurse, you get to finish school and graduate in less time. It can take four years or more to complete a nursing program and graduate at many traditional nursing schools. A direct admission program would be the perfect choice for those who do not want to spend this much time and money in school.

A direct admission program allows you to graduate quicker because most traditional nursing schools do not guarantee that you will ever be accepted into the nursing program at all. You could take years of prerequisites and still never be accepted into the nursing training program, wasting even more of your money and time.

Begin Your Career Sooner

By choosing a direct admission program, where you are accepted into the Nursing program and start your nursing classes right away, you are able to start working as a nurse much quicker. This can make an impact on you now and in your future career. When you begin working as a nurse sooner, you can start earning money and gaining valuable experience. This will put you years ahead of people who attend traditional nursing programs that are not direct admission.

At OVCT, our direct admission Nursing program is focused on one goal: to get you trained and ready to start your nursing career in only 24 months. We built our Nursing program to give you the exact knowledge, skills, and experience you need to succeed as a nurse. As you attend your nursing courses, you are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN* exam and have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities like East Liverpool City Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital, and Trinity East Hospital.

If you’re ready to achieve your dream of becoming a nurse and want a direct admission, fast-track program, request information now to get started!


*Passing the NCLEX – RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.

WMC Physician Practices – Externship Highlight

Ohio Valley College of Technology’s medical and nursing programs are proud of their new affiliation with Weirton Medical Center’s Physician Practices. WMC Physician Practices has been serving the Ohio Valley area since 1954 by providing outstanding healthcare. WMC provides a variety of services including but not limited to: OBGYN, Primary Care, Breast Care, Pediatrics and Adolescence Care, Cancer Care, Emergency Services, Robotic Surgery, Orthopedic and Joint Care, Heart Care, Vein Care, Physical Rehabilitation, Laboratory and Diagnostic Services, Inpatient Care, Home Health Care, Wound Treatment, Sleep Care, Wellness and Prevention Services, and Pain Care.

Currently, WMC Physician Practices proudly reports a 39% increase in employment or 350 new jobs. According to their website, “Since mid-2012, WMC has proven itself a true tri-state medical network by growing its reach from the 238-bed acute care facility on Collier’s way in Weirton and one off-campus location to now operating 38 sites in 3 states.” WMC offices have a demand for medical assistants and medical office personnel. WMC Medical Assistant and OVCT Medical Assisting graduate, Devin Tallman, is proud of all that WMC Physician Practices has been doing to help patients in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2019, WMC has graciously welcomed medical assisting students for externship opportunities. They also welcome medical billing and coding students and medical office administration students. When asked what value she feels students will receive from externing at WMC, Ms. Tallman stated that they will “receive professional hands-on experience and will gain relationships that will last a lifetime! Externships are a great way for WMC to serve our community by offering training and employment pipelines.”

When asked what advice she would provide a student entering college in the upcoming year, Devin said, “speaking from personal experience, I recommend seeking feedback and taking it with great strides. Go above and beyond in your work. In your externship or job, remember, your patients will become your family, friends, or neighbors. Work hard and strive for excellence!”

To learn more about OVCT’s medical programs, request information here!

How to Stick to Your Resolutions and Goals All Year Long

It’s a new year, and we are now weeks into 2021. Everyone has created their New Year’s resolutions and goals for the year but making them is easy. Staying committed to your resolutions and goals for the rest of the year is much more challenging.

One of your resolutions may be to work out and make healthier food choices. Or perhaps you made a goal to start working toward a new career by going back to school to get a college degree. No matter what your resolutions are for 2021, there are many things you can do to keep focused and moving toward your goals year-round. Read on to discover our top tips to help you to stay focused this year!

Create a Plan Just for You

Sometimes the things that work for others may not necessarily be the best options for you. You require your own plan designed to help you reach your goals. To start, you need to create specific goals. For example, if your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, decide how many times you will work out for the week and what types of workouts you will do. Which days are you going to set aside to work out? Will you exercise at home or a gym? Having the answers to these questions will allow you to make a specific plan for your resolutions.

It is said that it takes approximately 21 days to build a habit and about 90 days to build a lifestyle. This means that as you try to create a new habit, each time you do something new, it will get a little easier, and inevitably it will become part of your lifestyle and natural for you. Working out will be difficult at first, mostly if you have not done any workouts in a long time. Being sore and tired afterward is normal. As you continue exercising, you will build up muscle and endurance, and it will become easier for you with each passing day.

As we try to improve ourselves with each resolution and goal, it may be tempting to try to accomplish them all at once. However, when you create too many resolutions, they can work against your favor. It may become overwhelming for you to make too many changes at once. This can lead you to give up or throw in the towel in the early stages. If you select just three goals and make them your top priorities, you will be more likely to reach those goals.

In this age of technology, an app exists for almost everything. If one of your goals is to work out more, using an app that can help you make plans and track exercise days will help keep you focused. If you have a goal set to make healthier food choices, using an app can help you keep track of meals and provide insight on which foods are more beneficial. If another goal is to be better off financially and save more money, using an app made for budgeting can help you track your spending. You will then have a better idea of how your money is being spent and control that spend much easier.

Choose Progress Over Perfection

Change is a process that does not happen overnight. The Statue of Liberty was not constructed in a day, and Starry Night by Van Gogh was not painted in a single night. Greatness takes time, and that certainly includes your goals and resolutions. If your goal is to work toward a new career by going back to school, each class you attend and every test you take helps you make progress toward achieving that goal. It will take some time to complete your degree and graduate, but once you do, you will accomplish your goal of starting an exciting new career.

We would all like things to be perfect. However, if we continue to wait for the perfect time, we may never get anything done. There will never be perfect timing, and things may not go as planned, but if we want to take a step toward our goals and dreams, then we must close our eyes and take a leap of faith.

Perfection does not exist. It is something we mentally strive for that keeps us doing the same things repeatedly. An example of this is becoming a vegetarian, then accidentally eating meat at some point. This does not mean that you are a failure. Instead, try to examine what made you eat meat and get back on track the next day, with the understanding of why you did it. Learning from failure helps you do better the next time around. This approach allows us to change our failures into successes because you will get better each time you complete the process.

It can be a challenge to stay focused on your New Year’s resolutions and goals. In the beginning, it’s super exciting, but with time the excitement wears off, and motivation can diminish. How do we keep ourselves focused all year? Here are a few great ways to maintain your excitement. If you start school to begin a new career, reward yourself with a slice of cake each time you pass a test. Another great way is to practice daily affirmations, which can be very powerful, bringing inspiration to your life and keeping you focused. If you find words that inspire you, place them where you can view them every morning. Use a sticky note or have notifications sent to your phone from your favorite motivational page.

The third way to help you stay focused is to know why you started and remember why you wanted to achieve your goals and resolutions. What is pushing you to make these improvements in your life? It may be that you chose your goals to get a better job for yourself and your family. Maybe you want to show your kids what’s possible when you commit and work hard, whenever you have days where you fall off track or feel like giving up when you stop to remember your why it can help you stay focused.

Get Support of Family and Friends

Having the support of those around you can have a huge influence on your goals. If you have a network of friends and family who support you, it will be easier for you to stick to your resolutions and accomplish them. Getting a mentor or someone who has already passed the hurdles to get where you want to be can also help accelerate your journey to achieving your goals. They can offer tips and share best practices with you based on their own experiences. The trick is to build your network of positive influencers purposely. Assemble a group of cheerleaders who help motivate you and remind yourself that it is okay to ask for help whenever you need it.

Another way to stay on track is to get an accountability partner that has similar goals. Partner with them to help keep each other encouraged and on the right path. Set time aside daily or weekly to have conversations and check in to see how each of you are doing. Having someone to chat with, who is going through similar situations, can make a big difference!

Reach Your Career Goals with OVCT

Now that you have the inspiration to stay committed to your resolutions and goals all year let Ohio Valley College of Technology help you get started! If you’re ready for a new career in an exciting field like Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, or Business Administration, then request information now to start your journey to a new career!

Kayla Habbit – Student Highlight

Medical Assisting student, Kayla Habbit, was a new high school graduate when she chose Ohio Valley College of Technology. During high school, Kayla attended the Jefferson County Joint Vocational Center, where she studied Early Childhood Education.  After graduation, she decided that she wanted to pursue something in the medical field.

Kayla decided to look at Ohio Valley College of Technology because of the affordability and how close it was to her home. She said, “I liked that I was still close to home, that I could still hold a job or pick my life up and relocate.” After meeting with an admissions advisor, Kayla chose Medical Assisting because she wanted something within the medical field. “I believed that my purpose was nursing. However, in an effort to not force myself into two years of living, eating, and breathing nursing school, I chose to break the ice in the healthcare field as a medical assistant instead.”

When asked what her favorite part of attending OVCT is, Kayla stated, “The family atmosphere and the ability to meet new people that I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoy being able to have a respectful relationship with everyone in my classes but still be able to act as siblings, tease, motivate, and care about your fellow classmates. I am also a very big fan of the Monday through Thursday class schedule and believe that schedule should be kept for the rest of the future students of the school.”

Trying to pick a favorite teacher during her time at OVCT was difficult for Kayla. “Each has pushed me to think in different ways, trust myself, grow my confidence, and asked more of me, when I thought I had nothing left to give but because they saw my potential. However, if I were to make one set choice my favorite teacher would have to be Mrs. Scott; she has been nothing but a positive influence since I have had her as my teacher. She has been understanding, honest when I needed to hear it most, and has inspired me to want to learn more and grow within the medical field. Beyond being a teacher, she has been a friend. She is someone I could text if I needed help, someone to speak to when I wasn’t sure what to do next, and one could say she is like a second mom to us all. She wants nothing more than to see all of her students succeed and would do whatever was necessary to help you grow to be the best you could be. “

After graduation, Kayla would like to work for an Obstetrics and Gynecology practice.  She believes, “knowledge is the best medicine, and you can never learn too much. The hunger for knowledge is a driving force that pushes one to learn more, and consequently be more.”  In five years, she sees herself going back to school to obtain her nursing degree and starting the next chapter in her journey.

When asked if she would refer Ohio Valley College of Technology to a friend, Kayla says, “I would refer a friend to OVCT. In fact, when I started school at OVCT, I had already brought my friend, Brooke Mitchell, an MOA alumnus, with me. I would recommend OVCT to a friend because the classes are small, everyone is family, and you will leave with a quality education that is setting you up for success in the workplace. “

Want to learn more about how you can become a part of the OVCT family and obtain career skills in a hands-on setting?  Request information here!

4 Tips For Better Time Management

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, yet some people can get more done than others in the same time frame. How do they do this? What tricks do they use to accomplish more during their day?

The trick is simple: better time management! When you make an effort to manage your time, it will enable you to be more efficient and accomplish more of your to-do list. There are several perks to having better time management practices, including making things less stressful and providing more time to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Check out our top time management tips!

Organize Everything

To accomplish better time management, the first step is getting organized. You must have an idea of what needs to be done in order to ensure things are completed. If you have schoolwork, a big project from your job, or other tasks, make a list of all items you need to complete. Creating a to-do list makes things easier, and you will get a visual of all the things you need to finish. You can even get more organized by including labels and categories for each task.

It’s also useful to arrange all the things needed to complete your tasks. You can make a folder and save everything with a system that works for you. For instance, all items you will need to use for your school project can be saved to a folder on your computer. Once you start working on the project, you can get it done much faster, and things will run more smoothly because everything is organized and located where you can easily find it.

Prioritize Tasks

Once you have everything organized, it’s time to put your tasks in order of importance. When you place items in the order of most importance, you make a decision on which items you will complete first. The most effective way is first to complete the tasks that are more important and more urgent. For instance, if you have started a school assignment that is half of your grade and due within the week, this should be located at the top of your list because it’s urgent and important.

If a task is important but not urgent, you can easily decide a time to get it done. For example, a work project that’s not due until next month can be scheduled for a later date. Some tasks have to be completed in a particular order. This is normal with bigger projects that have to be broken down into smaller tasks. Ensure you identify the steps that must be finished first, so you stay on track to getting the project completed.

Plan Ahead

Now that you have organized the items that need to be done, you must decide when to complete each task. Making these plans in advance places you on a path to success. Each day when you start working, you will have a clear idea of what to do next. A great way to achieve this is by using a calendar to plan out your time. To begin, grab the list of items you made earlier, and start putting aside time on your calendar to get them completed. Ensure that you add the more important and urgent items sooner rather than later.

Think about the things you will need to complete each task, and ensure you have all this ready to go so that when you start working on it, everything is there. Let’s say you are working on a graphic design project for your marketing class in school. You will need things ahead of time, like logos and images, so that when it’s time actually to get the work done, you have everything you need and can begin working. Also, taking breaks between different tasks can help you stay focused as you work throughout your day. This is essential when working on longer projects because you need to be refreshed and have a clear mind.

Create Deadlines

While planning for the weeks ahead, provide yourself with a deadline for each item you have to finish. If you are working on a bigger project, create smaller sections for it and add deadlines for each of these, as this will help you finish each task and stay on track. Remember to allow yourself enough time to get things done, and leave some additional time, just in case an item takes longer than expected.

Setting time limits to finish your work can also be useful. If you block off six hours to complete something, it will more than likely take the full six hours, but if you set four hours for yourself, then you can most likely get it done in four hours. For perfectionists, creating time limits can help stop you from getting stuck on an endless path of making adjustments to make things more perfect.

Join Us In 2021

Time management is a valuable skill that can contribute to your success. At Ohio Valley College of Technology, we work with our students one-on-one to balance family, work, and school. We are dedicated to providing support to our students from the first interaction until they graduate and beyond.

Learn more about our college degree programs and begin your journey to a new career in 2021! Request information to get started today!