Although you may have some concerns about coming back to education after some years, the truth is that as an adult student, you have more to offer than you think.
Your life experience is an asset - it made you realise who you are, your value and your capabilities. So if you decided to go back to education, it is probably your own decision that you made for yourself. Because nobody is pushing you, this will give you the needed determination to complete your degree.
You may be concerned about standing out and not fitting in with younger students. The fact is, adult education is becoming increasingly popular. If you are thinking about going back to school as an adult? You are not alone! and you will probably enjoy the social benefits of interacting with younger students.
You may be worried that other commitments such as family and work may affect your study. However, because you have already spent some time in employment, you understand quite well what commitment and hard work are. However, it is important that you find a course provider that is right for you, and also, that you set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound). It is a good idea to create a plan or schedule for each week and/or term, avoid procrastinating, and put off homework assignments. By doing so, you will also give example to your children who as a result may take their schoolwork and future education more seriously.
Starting a course usually means additional costs. However, with a flexible course provider, you can continue working to afford your tuition. Consider your education as an investment. Obtaining a degree should increase your earning potential and help you move beyond your position into managerial roles, or to a new career path.
If you are already in employment and are experienced in your field, you may think that taking a course will not teach you anything new. The truth is – the market is changing and we now need to become lifelong learners. For example, completing an online programme will develop your technology skills by default. Upgrading your current skill-set can make you more competitive and open new possibilities for better work opportunities.
Furthermore, studying and working simultaneously can be beneficial and go hand-in-hand from the start. As a mature learner with employment experience, you probably have a wider knowledge base. Therefore, you will be able to acquire new information and build upon existing knowledge more effectively in your studies. At the same time, applying the subject matter of what you learn in your course can help you solve problems encountered at work and give you an advantage in real life.
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