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How long does it take to become a Bartender?

How long does it take to become a Bartender?

Bartending is an exciting career that provides a wide range of job opportunities, and competitive earnings. It’s a fun job, whether you’re pouring beers at a cozy neighborhood pub or mixing cocktails at an upscale club. Bartenders can even find work with flexible hours, and jobs that allow them to express themselves creatively. If you’re looking to break into this business, you might wonder: how long does it take to become a bartender? To become a bartender, you’ll need certain skills. Some of these are personality traits you’re born with, like a friendly nature and a good memory. Bartenders need to be good at communicating and well-organized. They have to be able to maintain their composure, even when things get hectic and know how to read people and understand what kind of service they’re expecting. There are also many skills that you’ll need to learn if you want to become a bartender. You’ll have to learn how to mix cocktails, free pour, handle the tools of the trade, and keep a clean bar. Bartenders also need to know how to handle money, maintain good energy when dealing with a crowd, and keep up with all the latest drinks. How long does it take to learn all that? Surprisingly, at ABC Training Center it only requires forty classroom hours. It’s not expensive, and in fact, only costs $199 at ABC. What’s more, ABC does more than just teach. Certainly, we’ve got a modern, practical curriculum that provides our students with valuable information. However, we also immerse our students in real-world experiences, behind real bars, serving alcohol to real customers, for...
A Day in the Life of a Patient Care Technician

A Day in the Life of a Patient Care Technician

If you’re considering a career in the medical field, a patient care technician may be a viable option for you. Becoming a patient care technician opens a world of possibilities because PCTs work directly under RNs. Wherever you find nurses, you’ll typically find patient care technicians, whether in hospitals, doctors’ offices, residential care facilities, or other healthcare facilities. What are the responsibilities of a patient care technician? The duties of patient care technicians depend largely on the facility in which they work. Those who work in hospitals or doctors’ offices will have different responsibilities than patient care technicians in long-term care facilities, but all PCTs care for ill and injured people under the supervision of doctors and nurses. In a hospital setting, they might take patients’ temperature, blood pressure, respiration, and pulse, prepare and administer medications, collect lab specimens, monitor patients, help with tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating, and record medical treatment. In a doctor’s office, there might not be a need to help with bathing and other such tasks, while in a long-term care facility there would probably be more of that kind of responsibility. PCTs sometimes take patients in wheelchairs to their appointments, or help provide emotional support to patients during times of crisis or need. Patient care technicians are trained as certified nursing assistants with additional training as EKG/phlebotomy technicians. They have the skills to help patients with medical devices and can draw blood and perform EKG tests. They’re an invaluable part of a medical team and can choose to use their PCT training as a springboard to advance into other medical professions. If you...
Do I Have What it takes for a Career in the Health Care Industry?

Do I Have What it takes for a Career in the Health Care Industry?

There are plenty of reasons a career in the health care industry may seem appealing to you. It’s a growth industry, with rewarding jobs that often have flexible scheduling options. Salaries for healthcare jobs are competitive, and there are positions available at virtually every level of education. Before you decide to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, however, it’s important to determine whether the job you’re considering is a good fit for your personality and skill set. While you’re researching healthcare jobs, here are a few questions to ask about yourself: Are you interested in helping others? For some people, job satisfaction comes from knowing they’ve made a difference in the world and made someone’s life better. Other people have different priorities, and just want a job that allows them to leave work at the office and bring home a paycheck. Those in the healthcare industry must devote their time to helping other people, so if that sounds draining or uninteresting to you, a healthcare job might not be a good fit. Do you have interpersonal and communication skills? If you’re not a “people person,” you may struggle in the healthcare industry. You need to know how to communicate with a wide range of people, using active listening and communicating in a way that builds trust and confidence. Are you comfortable with math and technology? Many healthcare jobs require strong math and technical skills. As the use of technology increases in our society, it also becomes increasingly important in healthcare professions. Are you responsible? Working in the healthcare industry, you’re responsible for people’s health and sometimes even lives....
Can I Afford to Change to a Healthcare Career?

Can I Afford to Change to a Healthcare Career?

When it comes to changing careers, the prospect can seem daunting. Especially if you have a full-time job and a family, the idea of going back to school while you’re working can feel overwhelming, and you might not know whether you’ll be able to manage the increased workload. At the same time, education can come with a healthy price tag, so you may not know if you can financially handle the necessary training for your intended career. If you’re considering a healthcare career, though, there are some options available that may be too good to pass up. How much time does it really take to pursue a career in the healthcare industry? The answer depends on which kind of career path you intend to take. Of course, doctors spend a lot of time in school, and the training for nurses is quite extensive as well. However, there are many healthcare careers that don’t require very much training time. These include: Medical billing and coding: Two months or less, and then the exam to become certified nationally. Certified nurse aide: Two months or less, plus 30 hours of clinical assignment, and a state board certification exam. Medical assistant: Six months or less, plus a four-week EKG and Phlebotomy technician: One to two months, plus a national certification Home health aide: As little as three weeks. Patient care technician: As little as eight weeks. Pharmacy technician: One to two months. Once you’ve completed the training and necessary certification, you will probably not find it hard to find a job in the healthcare industry. Particularly as a large percentage of the population...
Why Work as a Home Health Aide?

Why Work as a Home Health Aide?

If you’re considering a career in the healthcare industry, there are plenty of options available to you. Of course, you could spend years in school becoming a nurse or a doctor, but there are also plenty of careers that don’t require such a large investment of time and money. You can become certified as a pharmacy technician, for example, or pursue a career in medical billing and coding. If you’re looking for work that’s meaningful and rewarding, allowing you to make lives better, you might want to consider a career as a home health aide. Home health aides make a difference in people’s lives. Home health aides build personal relationships as they care for clients and assist their families, and gain a sense of accomplishment that comes from making someone’s life better. As a home health aide, you’ll provide companionship for people who need it. Often, people who are elderly or ill become lonely or depressed, because they’re socially isolated. Home health aides boost the mental and physical health of their patients, just by being present. The work is personally rewarding. People working in the home health industry tend to report a feeling of fulfillment and job satisfaction. In addition to flexible schedules and opportunity for career growth, they have a chance to do truly meaningful work that benefits not just their patients, but also patients’ families and sometimes even communities. There’s something very special about providing care in people’s homes. Because they’re trained to work with high-tech medical equipment, home health aides make it possible for many people to avoid hospitalization. Home health aides help people of all...