Sure, they’re accredited. Yes, they have a placement office. Of course they have commercials that include testimonials from their graduates. They’ve been around a long time. Well, there’s more to know.
Traditionally Gender-Specific Industries
If you’re studying in a traditionally male or traditionally female field, the above questions matter if you’re of the opposite sex. You don’t want to spend months or years studying when you’re unlikely to be taken seriously in the field. This applies more to women working in traditionally male jobs. It can matter for men in typically female jobs as well. Bias is bias. Consider the Women in Tech movement or the success of male nurses.
Be patient. Rushing can take you headlong into a huge or expensive mistake. Waiting usually pays. These schools are usually flexible with enrollment. The pressure is on them, not you. Don’t let them convince you otherwise.
Get References from Actual Graduates
LinkedIn can help with this. Use the name of your potential school to search for graduates. Read their profiles to see how far their educations took them. It’s also possible to connect with them and get a conversation going. Try to meet them if they live locally. That can save you much unnecessary and misguided effort.