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Why Returning To College is a Great Idea

Updated on January 11, 2012

Returning to College at an Older Age Good Idea, or Bad Idea?

Graduating College is a Great Accomplishment at any Age.
Graduating College is a Great Accomplishment at any Age.

What do Education, and Jobs on Demand Have in Common?

What does education and jobs on demand have in common? Well they have a great deal in common. First of all, without an education no matter what job you may have experience in, the job may or may not be available to you.

The reasons that the job may not be available to you, is because even though you may be educated, there is always someone else who has more education, and training, as well as skills, then you do. So most of the time it can be a situation of, it's not what you know, but instead it's who you know that can assist you with getting employed in the job and position of your choice.

There are many ways to ensure that you can nail that chosen job, but one sure way is to return to college and get better educated in the job field that will best benefit you, this will always help you to get noticed on your resumes, because it really stands out. Employers always want to know what type of education and experience an employee has prior to hiring them, so the proper education is the ticket you will need to help you accomplish your ultimate goals.

Whether you decide to start college classes directly out of high school, or to gain an Associates degree or Bachelors degree doesn't really matter, simply the act of returning to college itself, shows that you are ready for bigger and better things out of life.

In fact some studies have shown that the older a student is the better their chances of completing their degree program are. These facts are purely based on the theory of an individual being older, and more mature and a little bit wiser and stable in their life style.

The majority of people that I know speak of returning to college to further their education, but for some reason or another they can't seem to follow through with their plans. Then others make plans to return to college and find that the responsibility of maintaining a family, a job, and a education are to overwhelming, and decide to dropout prior to getting their desired degree completed.

While others return to college undecided on a career path, and simply receive many different types of degrees without knowing where to apply them, when they are searching the job markets. No matter what your reasons are for returning to college, returning to college itself can only enhance your chances of getting a better job, or a higher paycheck and perhaps a promotion.

We as adults, parents, students and friends can't stress enough, the importance of an education to the people we know. When we are young and undecided on what it is that we want to achieve out of life, just the though of college versus working to survive can be overwhelming, however as we mature and get older we notice that there aren't to many doors that are opened up to us if we don't have a high school diploma, or a college education.

The choices of jobs in today’s society are truly limited, unless you really want to work at a fast food joint for the rest of your life ,and in today's economy even the fast food restaurants want their employee's to have a high school diploma before they hire them.

In order for someone to apply for a job today, they must be computer literate and apply online for most jobs. The day's of walking in and filling out an on the job application have grown to amost none at all. So it's virtually mandatory to know how to operate and manuevor around on a computer in order to apply for employment.

So if you are thinking about going back to school so that you can stand out from the crowd, or for a better position in the company where you work, or even to better educate yourself in a specific field, education is where you want to start. Here are a few steps that might help you with deciding on what the right path may be for you:

First, think of what it is that you want to gain from being employed in the long run, step 2- then chose what is necessary to achieve your goal, step 3 - research many colleges, before choosing the one that you want to attend, step 4 - make phone calls to different universities and ask questions like: what grants and loans can I apply for? How much of the tuition will need to be paid out of pocket? When are your classes starting? How long are the degree programs, and any other question that you can think of that may pertain to achieving your desired degree program.

I hope that my advice helps someone decide to return to college to get better educated, as education has helped me to achieve some of my desired dreams, and many of my goals. Another word of friendly advice, Hold your head up and keep smiling, and always remember to give more, then you receive, you will be blessed for it. The one thing that I have found in life that doesn’t cost anything is a smile, so brighten someone’s day by smiling at them, it’s free.


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  • LuisEGonzalez profile image

    Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

    Welcome to HubPages. This hub brings back memories

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    Paula Rogel 6 years ago

    I finished my bachelor's degree eight months ago at age 42 and while I'm proud of my achievement, so far it hasn't helped me get a job. Potential employers seem to be more interested in years of experience rather than years of education. It's been frustrating.

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    keithlipke 6 years ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Great post...its sooo worth it!