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8 Benefits of Going Back to School as an Adult

Whether you’re 55 or 25, going back to school as an adult will be different than if you went right out of high school. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be more difficult — it might actually be easier for you. Because of your age, you have a base of education, experience, and knowledge that will equip you to go back to school with an advantage.

Here are 8 reasons why:

You have work experience.

Chances are that you’ve had at least one job, if not several careers, so far in your life. In your class discussions, you’ll be asked to talk about how that week’s lesson relates to a situation you’ve experienced on the job. You’ll have an advantage because of your work experience!

There are more programs available now.

With today’s multiple job fields, colleges and universities offer more programs now than ever before. There are usually multiple degree options within your job field, whether you’re earning a degree in fields such as nursing, education, business, or technology.

You’ll use your time wisely.

As an adult, you probably don’t have a lot of extra time. Because of this, you won’t want to waste your time by procrastinating your assignments. The time you do have for studying will most likely be used efficiently.

You’re serious about graduating.

Most students that attend college as an adult have an end goal in mind. This goal is usually graduation, since a degree can further your career and potentially give you a salary increase. This will inspire you to finish strong.

The education will pertain to your career.

Whether you want to go back to school to switch careers or you want to excel in your current career, the education you’ll be receiving will most likely compliment your job field. This will allow you to engage in the lessons and help you succeed at work from day one of classes.

You’ll grow your professional network.

Attending school with other working adults will give you the opportunity to learn from them and grow your network. You might be inspired by their stories, but you will also meet people that can connect you with a new company or position.

Adult courses are more flexible.

Although earning a degree as an adult is challenging, the professors know you have other responsibilities besides school. Courses at CCU are balanced in order to provide you with time for your family and career.

You can complete your entire degree online.

One of the best benefits of an adult degree is that most programs are offered entirely online. You can participate in discussions, turn in your assignments, and communicate with your professor from CCU’s online learning platform, Blackboard.

 

Ready to get started? Check out CCU’s online adult education programs.