Right now, we’re living in a time of change. So many adults who never got to have the college experience are going back to school to reclaim it. There are others out there who want to expand on what they already know and get a second degree. It’s not uncommon for adults who feel unfulfilled to go back to school and start again, and if you are trying to figure out whether it’s for you, you need a reason to say yes and go for it.
Going back to school in adulthood is scary! It could change your life, and it could interfere with what you already know. However, as there are current challenges higher education leaders face, you could become a leader yourself and go the distance right now. Are you still struggling with the idea of going back and don't know why you’re doing it? Great. Here are all the reasons you should go to college later.
- For you. As an adult you are doing all that you can for everyone else. You’re raising kids and you’re working your job to earn your boss money. You’re staying on top of your chores and you’re getting your routines in place – but all of these things are for other people. When you take on a college course for yourself, you’re choosing you for a change. You’re putting your desires and needs first and you’re going to push much harder to your goals as a result.
- For the family. Secondary to doing it for yourself, you might be tempted to go back to school for your family. It’s not easy at all to hold a job and raise a family AND study, but you do it because you’re setting an example to your children, to motivate them to do the same as you. You might even be doing whatever it takes to accomplish something that you believe in!
- For your career. You want to do better, be better in your career and it’s exciting to do that. Yes, you might need a piece of paper to help you to get there, but that doesn't mean you can’t do that. You might find a range of courses to help you out and these courses are going to be a game changer for you. You might also want to advance your career forward with a better pay packet as the end result. Spending time outside work to earn a degree is worth it for this reason.
- For more options. You want to do something different in life, and that often means figuring out where you can and cannot pivot. One of the best things that you can do is to consider other career options and a degree or some study may help.
- For money. Let’s be honest; a good reason to study again as an adult is to earn more money for your family. You need to do more for your financial future and it’s your family that will benefit in the long run.