Why More Adults are Returning to College
Adult students were once a weird anomaly, but today, more and more adults are returning to college to get a degree. Why? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might be heading to school again or for the first time.
School is Possible when it wasn’t in the Past
Many adult students were kept from attending college directly out of college for one reason or another. Maybe you didn’t have the money and financial aid wasn’t available. Maybe you decided to get married and start a family. Maybe you had other responsibilities so school wasn’t an option. Whatever the case, now is a great time to head back to college! Many employers will even send you to school for free through tuition assistance programs.
Increased Job Opportunities
Would-be students are applying to college in droves thanks to the increased job opportunities an education gives you. The job market is tough right now and many employers aren’t even willing to consider candidates without a degree in the field, even candidates with tons of relevant work experience. In addition, some industries are tightening and requiring an education in order to be certified in a field, where this was once not required. So in order to get a job or keep a job, many are applying to earn a degree.
Even if you already have a job or work in a field where an education isn’t necessarily required, you may want to consider getting a college degree because of the increased salary potential you have when you’re educated. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but often, when you have an education, an employer is willing to pay more.
Lastly, many adult students are pursuing a second degree because they want to be happier at work. You may not like the field you’re in, so going back to school gives you the chance to start over. Become a chef even though your first degree was in accounting. Or become an accountant even though you started with a culinary education. Switching fields is a huge reason for students to find themselves in classrooms after years or even decades of life in the “real world.”