Could a Return to Higher Education Benefit You?

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The vast majority of us engage with compulsory education. But when it comes to the age of leaving school, many skip the opportunity for higher education and will start working straight away. This is fine for many of us. There are plenty of industries out there that don’t require degrees, where you can start from the bottom and work your way up. But later down the line, you may find that you grow interested in pursuing a role that does require qualifications, or where qualifications could significantly increase your chances of getting your foot in the door. Here are a few pieces of information that can help to give you the confidence to pursue this venture, as well as guide you in the right direction!

You’re Never Too Old for Higher Education

Most of us associate higher education with people who are just leaving compulsory education and who are taking the next steps of our journey. We think that students are aged between 18 and their early 20s. Of course, many students do fall within this age category. But it’s important to remember that this isn’t the only group who can attend university or college. Instead, universities and colleges are open to anyone who’s interested in learning or who wants to add a specific qualification to their resume. Every institution has plenty of mature students who have started their education once they’ve passed the age of 21 and these students play just as important and valuable a role to universities as any students younger than 21.

A Return to Higher Education Can Completely Change Your Career Path

Pursuing an undergraduate degree or any other course being offered by a university provides you with a great opportunity to alter your career path. If you’re already within a job and simply don’t enjoy it anymore and want to try something else, or if you’ve always wanted to do something but have never had the confidence, a qualification like a degree on your CV or resume could open the door to the career you’ve been dreaming of. Alternatively, it can help you to progress along the career path you’re already on. If you’re hoping for a promotion or want to advance into a role that requires more expertise or responsibility, completing a degree is a good way to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Whether that’s an undergrad degree from CHC Christian Heritage College or a complementary master’s degree from a traditional Ivy League or red brick institution.

Choosing the Right Course

Of course, any form of higher education comes with a high price tag attached. You’re likely to have to pay a large sum upfront for the course, or you’ll have to take out a loan or apply to scholarships and grants to cover the costs. You’re obviously going to want to choose a course that works for you in order to enjoy your experience, in order to gain the right qualification with a good grade and in order to get the career path you’re planning started off on the right foot. There are so many options out there. From full-time courses to part-time courses, online courses, and more! Check league tables, browse reviews, and take your time to find the right one to suit your needs and preferences.

These are just a few tips and tricks that can help to get you off to uni. Hopefully, some will help!

 

3 responses

  1. It depends. I have a higher education, coupled with professional experience, and I am not benefiting from it at all. Not because I don’t want to. I honestly don’t understand why I’m being passed over for better employment. So, it sometimes makes me question why did I go into so much debt to pursue the “American Dream”?

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