10 Questions to Determine if You're Ready to go Back to School in 2016

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Thinking about going back to college but aren’t sure if you’re ready? Ask yourself these 10 questions to help you make up your mind.

1. Do you hate your work?

From teens until retirement, we spend almost a quarter of our time at work. That’s too big of a chunk of our lives to give over to misery. If it’s truly the work you can’t stand, and not the boss or your current company, it’s time to retool.

2. Would upgraded skills make you better at your job?

It used to be that on-the-job training could carry workers a long way. Contemporary hiring managers seek candidates with an array of skills from day one, and that often means more education is needed in order to get noticed.

3. Do you feel like you’re flailing as your industry changes?

Any journalist who graduated more than a handful of years ago knows the frustration of learning modern multimedia tools on the fly. Many computer science majors have experienced the same thing as specialization has become industry standard. The answer often is to return to the classroom and fill those knowledge gaps.

4. Are you considering a lateral move in your company?

You’ve been with the firm for a number of years, and it’s a great place to work, but you’d like to move out of your niche. In these cases, earning a business degree with a specialization such as marketing or project management can help you transition.

5. Are you stalled on the career ladder?

Sometimes the quickest way to end career inertia is to earn a degree. You’ll learn skills that bump you up the short list for promotion, and just as importantly, your commitment to completing the program will show higher-ups that you’re a thoughtful, deadline-oriented employee.

6. Are you unhappy with your pay?

That theater degree sounded like a great idea when you were 18—you knew you weren’t likely to make it to Hollywood or Broadway, but performing was your passion. A few years down the road, though, too many meals of Ramen noodles have dampened the ardor.

If you still love the work but hate the pay, consider earning a business degree that will let you move into the administrative side of a field where your passion lies.

7. Do you want a better future?

More than one aspiring professional has taken the hard look down the road and seen a time when their salary won’t stretch to cover dance lessons, soccer camp, and braces. Going back to college now gives working parents some breathing room before the serious expenses start piling up.

8. Have you always regretted not going to graduate school?

You’d thought about continuing your education after college, but maybe the money wasn’t there or you couldn’t decide what to study. The good news: It’s never too late to come back.

9. Do you want to inspire your kids?

It’s one thing to nag your kids about school. It’s quite another when you’re not asking them to do anything that you’re not willing to do yourself. You’ll also teach them perseverance and determination in addition to study skills.

10. Do you have a passion for learning?

For some people, there’s no greater thrill than the chance to learn something new or the opportunity to master a skill. If you fit that description, further education can be a fulfilling endeavor in and of itself.

There are almost as many reasons for going back to school as there are new students ready to start school each year. If you found yourself nodding your head in agreement to any of these 10 questions, perhaps the time is right for you to enroll, too.

 

Written by Ashford University Staff

References

Retrieved from Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/11/19/should-you-go-back-to-school-if-you-hate-your-job/

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