Maybe you left high school promising you were done with school. Maybe you tried college and it wasn’t a good fit at the time. Or maybe you went to college and graduated with a degree. No matter what your path has been, there are lots of reasons to think about going back to school as an adult.
1. Make more money
What better reason could there be? A lot has been said about the cost of college, but you can do the math yourself. The table below from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the difference in median weekly earnings for different levels of education. The income difference between a high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree can be $20,000 a year or more. What kind of return on investment are you looking for?
2. Secure your future
I don’t know about you, but the last few years have made me and many others nervous about job security. Our chart also shows the difference in the unemployment rates with higher levels of education. The data speaks for itself.
3. Be more qualified
Technology is changing constantly. If this is causing some aspects of your job to change, going back to school to learn new skills can help make sure you keep your job.
4. Get a promotion
More education can qualify you for that promotion you’ve been looking for. Also, check whether your employer offers tuition reimbursement. They may actually help pay for you to go back to school.
5. Change careers
Are you in the wrong job? According to this article from Time, you’re not alone. If you are looking to make a change, going back to school can give you the credentials you will need to make a successful career change.
6. Improve your lifestyle
Going to college can give you more choices. Do you want to earn more and not have to worry about money or do you want to change the hours you work to have more family time, or both? A college education can give you the skills you need to change your trajectory.
7. Learn from experts
College will expose you to experts in many different topics. Your instructors will have knowledge and experience in their field.
8. Learn something new
Take the opportunity to explore some new topics. You may find a new interest or strength to pursue.
9. Expand your network
You can meet new people to socialize with and also build your professional network. Get to know your instructors and classmates. You never know when someone can open a door for you.
10. Lead by example
Show your family that learning is important. Your kids will learn the value of education through you. Start a new family tradition. Children whose parents have completed college are significantly more likely to go and finish a degree than children without that history.
11. Prove you can
Maybe your previous educational experiences did not turn out so well. Prove to yourself, and everyone else, that you can accomplish this. Finish what you started and show your success.
12. Gain confidence Think about what it can do for your confidence to earn a degree. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but you will have knowledge to share in interviews, the workplace and in conversation.
13. It’s good for you
Research has shown that your brain benefits from new and complex stimulation. Keep your brain healthy and you engaged with life.
14. Take classes anywhere
Online classes make it possible for you to take classes from anywhere or at any time of the day or night. You can find a way to make it fit in your life.
15. You won’t be alone
The U.S. Department of Education reports that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic. And adult students are more successful. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 80 percent of adult students who go back to college graduate as compare to 50 percent for those who go right out of high school.
You have an advantage as an adult learner. You are also more aware of your goals and what going to college offers. You are less likely to be distracted and will be more focused on your school success. You have experience that you are now adding education too. That will give you a competitive advantage in the job hunt.
What reasons do you have to go back to school?