Thursday, April 05, 2018

Benefits of Going Back to School as an Adult

*collaborative post

Going to back to studying as an adult is going to be much different than if you were heading to college straight out of high school. No matter what your age, whether you are 27 or 57, there are going to be some challenges and adjustments to get used to. It doesn’t mean it will be more difficult, there will just be some different challenges. In many ways, your age will equip you with many benefits, such as existing knowledge and experience that could help you on your journey.

If you’re thinking of going back to school for a career change or to improve your skills and employability, then here are some of the ways going as a mature student can actually be a benefit to you.

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More Programs Available To You

With today’s competitive job market, there is more and more demand for specialist courses and programs, as well as more options than there might have been even ten years ago. So even if you are going down a general degree route, there will more options than before on the kind of specialism or field that you want to go into.

You’ll Be Wise With Your Time

As an adult, who may have a family and other commitments to juggle, you know you won’t have a lot of spare time. So you know just how well you will have to manage your time. That can certainly be an advantage over a nineteen year old that can easily get distracted with the social life of college. According to an article by Urbanest, 75% of students proclaim themselves to be chronic procrastinators. That is something that you just won’t have time for. So that can be an advantage to going back to school later in life.

 Career Specific

If you ask some eighteen year olds what they want to do for a career, then there won’t be many that have a solid plan in place. They will go to college and see what happens. But you will have an idea of what you want to do, as your studies will be there to help focus on a particular career path. You may be going back to improve your knowledge and skills in an area that you have been working in for a while. You might be switching career. Either way, you’ll know what you want and your studies can be career specific, which is more likely to happen when you're older, than just out of high school.

More Flexibility

There is so much more flexibility for mature students at college. From being able to study online, to different deadlines and courses, there will be some more flexibility when you’re not going back to live on campus to do your degree. Colleges want mature students at their college, and they’re happy to help accommodate them. So don’t worry about other commitments that you have and how you’ll fit it all in; you’ll be able to do so.

Have you ever thought about going back to school later in your life?

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