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There are a variety of types of programs available to people looking to start or advance a career in healthcare.

When it comes to Selecting a School or Training Program, there are a lot of options to consider.

Soft skills can be just as important as technical skills when it comes to getting a new job, or advancing in your career.

STEM skills are important to many healthcare careers, although the skill level needed varies widely with each career.

Things to Consider

Here are some things to consider

Building a career in healthcare takes time, energy and resources, but there are also many support services available to help make it easier on you.

On this site, you can find information on:

  • Connecting with a career counselor to help you plan the next steps
  • Financial aid for college and short-term training programs
  • Getting your GED and other academic preparation help

As you learn more about training, education and career options, you will also want to consider:


  • If your academic program requires clinical time, do you have a reliable car to get you there?
  • Do you need to find a school or a job on a public transportation route?


  • Healthcare is a 24/7 industry. Many employers do not close on holidays or for bad weather. Are you prepared?
  • Many healthcare degree programs, like nursing school, require you to complete clinical time in addition to going to classes. It probably isn’t realistic to think that you can have a job at the same time as you are in school for these programs.
  • For some jobs, shifts can be long, or you may have to work weekends or overnight. If you want to make spending time with friends or family a priority in your life, make sure you know the reality of the shifts you would be working.

There are also resources to help you with:

If you need any of these services, you need to be connected to someone to help you access them. Please call the United Way’s Mass 2-1-1 line.

Mass 2-1-1 offers:

  • 24/7 access to live service referrals
  • Multilingual staff and TTY
  • Free and confidential answers to your questions

Just dial 211 from any phone in Massachusetts and you will be connected to someone who can help you.


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