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Back to School - Adult Education

Jessica

By Jessica on August 12, 2014

If you are thinking about returning to school, you may have lots of questions or concerns about the next few years of your life. Going to college, finishing a degree or pursuing a job training program is a big decision. It is important to be in the proper mind set to be successful in your educational goals.

Reasons to head back to school are extremely varied. Some people are looking for a career change, others need new skills or credentials to move up in their career. Alternatively, people choose to enroll for personal development or after a life change.

Regardless of your reason for heading back to school, there are a number of things you should consider:

  • Determine why you are heading back to school. This helps you set a goal for your education.

  • Set realistic expectations regarding the time commitment you will need to make for your classes. This will help you determine whether a part time, full time or online program will work best for you.

  • Consider sitting down with a financial planner or accountant to identify how you will pay for tuition, books, and other expenses.

  • Research the programs and schools  that will help you achieve your goal most effectively.

 

As you return to school, you may feel that you are in unknown territory or have concerns about your ability to balance school and your adult life. These are common feelings for people returning to school so don’t let them isolate you. Keep focused on the goal you originally set when you decided to go back to school. Lean on your friends and family to help you get through the transition period.

You may continue to have questions and concerns that come up during your educational journey. Remember that Experts on JustAnswer are here to help, 24/7.