The decision to return to college is not one that should be taken lightly. Choosing to study further as an adult requires time, commitment, money and sacrifice which is why it is important to count the costs first.
The benefits of higher education are obvious but if you pursue this goal at the wrong time it could be detrimental to your well-being and success.
The video "5 tips for adults thinking about returning to college" will help you decide if this is the right path and the right time for you.
1. Define Your Educational Goals
What do you hope to achieve by furthering your education?
Some adults want to move up in their current career while others want to change their career path altogether.
Approach your employer or leaders in your prospective field of work.
"Find out what kinds of educational credentials they value and what kinds of skills they expect employees to have in that field of work."
2. Consider past experiences
Have you ever studied before? Do you already have a qualification?
Check whether you have prior college credits that can be transferred into a new programme of study.
"Adults may have workplace training or workplace experiences that they might be able to utilize to further their goals..."
3. Choose a course that suits your needs
Today, the options for further study are endless. There are short courses, distance learning options and the more traditional diploma and degree programmes.
These courses can be accredited and internationally recognized or they can be informal certificate programmes that focus on practical skills development.
What you choose to study depends on what you need to reach your personal goals.
4. Create a financial plan
How will you pay for tuition, books, transport and other study-related expenses?
"Higher education is a big financial commitment."
If you don't have a financial plan the cost of studying can lead to undue stress during the academic period.
Research financial-aid options at your institution of choice or visit other platforms such as the Careers Portal or Bursaries Portal for monetary assistance.
5. Consider online programmes
There are a number of reputable online training companies that offer flexible high quality programmes for working adults.
Adults often find it easier to join an online programme because of the convenience and affordability of this learning model.
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