Return to School at Any Age

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By Kyle Simpson

Just because you’ve found yourself living in the winter of your discontent doesn’t mean it’s too late to return to school. In fact, just the opposite is true. Going back to college after an extended hiatus can be extremely beneficial in a variety of ways, including pulling you out of a rut. After all, you’re not dead yet, so why give up on life? People continue to learn until the day they die, so you might as well focus that natural tendency. Here are a few good reasons why it’s never too late to give it the old college try.

1. Explore something new. Doing the same thing (such as a job) for an extended period of time can leave you bored and depressed. Returning to school is a great way to pursue other interests (that may have fallen by the wayside when you started working) or even take on a new profession.

The happiest people change their occupation several times throughout their lives, so consider this a wake-up call and renew your zest for life by adding a little variety.

2. Advance in business. If you find yourself getting passed up for promotion again and again, even though you’re eminently qualified for advancement, you may begin to wonder if it has something to do with your lack of a college degree. So why not go back to school?

Many corporations offer financial assistance for schooling (especially if your degree pertains to your line of work) and if you still don’t get a shot at promotion, you can take your new degree (plus years of experience) and proceed with your career elsewhere.

3. Meet people. Once you leave school, it becomes exponentially harder to meet people. Entering the job market often leaves you with less time to socialize and fewer opportunities to expand your social circle.

College is a great way to meet people on both a personal and professional level. So utilize it for its networking capabilities (this can be especially useful when launching your own business) or simply look at it as a way to form new friendships.

4. Fulfill a personal goal. Many of us set out with the notion of attaining a college degree in four years and then proceeding with our professional lives. However, this “four-year plan” rarely works out like we expect. Many people leave college early for a vast array of reasons (start a family, start a job, ran out of money, couldn’t hack it, etc.), maybe with designs of returning sooner or later, only to eventually form the belief that it will never happen.

If attaining a degree is a personal goal, then it’s not beyond your grasp. It is entirely feasible even if you work full-time. Just take one or two night classes until you finish. Or save up to take some time off work (or work part-time) in order to complete your coursework more quickly. Setting goals and accomplishing them will not only have a positive effect on your occupational standing, it can also improve your feelings of self-worth and prove that you can achieve what you set out to do.

5. Continue learning. The day you stop learning is the day you die, so allow yourself to wonder, to question, to explore and to learn everything you can. An active mind will keep you young and involved well into your adult life (and even your twilight years).

Author Information

Kyle Simpson writes for Medical Billing and Coding Training where you can find more information about a career in medical billing and coding.

Photo Credit: Juanita DePaola

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