Should You Go Back to School?

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September 12, 2016

If you are considering going back to school, there are countless options for furthering your education. You can get an additional degree, enroll in an online certificate program, take continuing education credits, or get a license to practice in a specific area.
Before you make a decision, ask yourself a few basic questions. Can you afford to go back to school? Do you have the time? And, most importantly, will the commitment of funds, time, and energy be worth it? It’s a major investment, but if you can swing it the payoff could be life changing. Here are some of the benefits of going back to school:
Have you been stuck in the same role at work because you don’t have the degree required for advancement? It’s frustrating to see younger, less experienced people getting more highly paid and prestigious positions because they have a specific degree. By continuing your own education, you will enhance your skills and increase your chance for promotion, depending on your field.
Career Change
Many people decide mid-career that they don’t enjoy their work or that they would like to try something new. It’s a big deal to embark on a new career path, but today’s flexible educational options make it easier to do.
Job Security
If you love your job but fear you could be laid off or demoted because you lack a diploma or certification, going back to school will sharpen your skills and give you job security and peace of mind!
Professional Growth
Many people are great at what they do and are secure in their roles, but realize that they have been doing things the same way for many years. That’s fine and coworkers may seek you out for your wisdom, but you may find value in adding to and updating your skill set through some refresher courses.
Tuition Reimbursement
If your employer offers tuition reimbursement and you’re interested in going back to school, you should take advantage of it. It’s a cost-effective way of investing in yourself and your future; you will also be benefiting your employer by bringing a higher level of skills to the job.
It will likely be a challenge to go back to school when you are also working and caring for your family, but if you can juggle it all, the professional and personal benefits could change your life.

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