Have you, like so many others, reached a point in your life where going back to school is the only way to increase your career potential and salary earnings? Maybe you were able to land a great job right out of high school, so college didn’t seem necessary after receiving your diploma. Or maybe financial issues held you back, or you started a family and continuing your education wasn’t a priority at that time. No matter what the reasons, you’re not alone, and, believe it or not, you have lots of options to consider.
Once upon a time, the only way to pursue higher education was to go to a traditional university campus and attend classes full-time. Thankfully, today’s higher education landscape looks much different.
Many universities, both new and established, now offer online degrees programs that you can pursue from the comfort of your own home. Just remember that an online education thrives on your own self-motivated, so be honest with yourself about your learning style.
Just because you’re a non-traditional student doesn’t mean that you have to forego the traditional college experience. Most – if not all – universities offer evening and night courses for their degree programs. Also, in the current economic climate where many colleges and universities are suffering from financial woes, most offer significant incentives and plenty of support to attract non-traditional students and make the process of applying and entering school that much easier.
Modern community colleges offer competitive pricing, more specialized degree offerings, and advanced career placement opportunities. Many provide specialized hubs of training for highly desirable fields, such as aviation, film and television, and digital media. With smaller classes and a price tag to match, community colleges are a viable and less-intimidating option for the non-traditional – or traditional – student seeking to further their education. Most partner with nearby traditional universities to offer bridge programs, as well, where a student can attain a two-year associates degree and transfer seamlessly to spend their last two years at a major college.
While the thought of going back to school can seem daunting, don’t let your fears weigh you down. Do your research and make contacts at the type of school that seems most attractive to you and make your decisions based on their offerings.