Not everyone gets to go to college right out of high school. Some people have to put their education on hold because of family life or financial reasons. Others who are already qualified in their chosen profession often want to further their education or pursue new career path. Going back to college is not as difficult as you might think but does involve some lifestyle changes.
Choosing a college
When thinking of going back to college you have options. You can either select a course of study at a traditional college or take courses online. People who live in a remote location, or who need flexibility often prefer online courses. Others might prefer a traditional college because they prefer more structure and discipline in their education and the support of being there with other students.
If you’re returning to college to further your career, choose courses that will be beneficial to you in your chosen field. A career councilor at the college of your choice can help you decide which courses to consider taking.
Coping with college
Balancing a career and/or a family life and going back to college can be quite demanding. Working all day and then going to college instead of heading home can take its toll, so take it slow. You may want to start off with one or two courses to find out if you can cope.
Keep in mind that in addition to taking classes, you’ll be required to do homework and will need additional time to study. Generally, each credit requires about one or two hours of studying outside of class each week. Be sure that you have an area set aside at where you can work with some peace and quiet.
If you have a partner and a family talk to them about your plans and ambitions as this will affect them too. You will have less time to spend with your family and you may need to rearrange a few things to make it all work.
If you’re thinking of going back to college, carefully consider your options. If attending a traditional college is not a feasible option, online coursework might be better suited for you.