Whether you never went to college, never finished college or are considering a new degree—the decision to go back to school is a big one. Here are a few things to consider.
Don’t Listen To Anyone Else
I have a friend who in her mid-30s decided to go back to school to get the degree she really wanted, the one she wished she would have got in the first place. I was shocked to find that the general consensus was not a celebration of finally doing what she loved, but that she was being selfish and should be saving for her kid’s college instead.
Don’t let others who think it’s too late weigh-in on your decision because it’s about you not them. And don’t feel guilty about your kids’ education because you deserve to thrive too, and they will figure it out.
Explore All Of Your Options
Going back to school is time-consuming and if you still have to work can be quite stressful. However, a full-on traditional degree is not your only option. Many colleges have custom degree programs designed for working adults that are both less expensive and more flexible. Also, explore your options in vocational and trade schools. Last but not least, take a look at online programs in your area of specialty. You may be able to enroll in one-off classes that hyper-target what you want to learn or take remote classes from schools around the globe. This includes some impressive schools like Columbia and MIT. Harvard even has a few free courses. There are also many industry professionals who offer group and one-on-one training and ask if you really need the degree or if you can just take classes in your area of interest. In other words, you can customize your learning to meet your needs.
If it’s something you daydream about and have always wanted to do you will find a way to make it work!