Isn’t It Time You Went Back to School?
Are you familiar with any of the following scenarios?
- You’ve been at your job long enough to see how a few small changes could dramatically improve productivity, but you don’t have the juice to get your ideas heard because you don’t have a credential.
- You’re tired of struggling with money and never quite being able to stretch the budget to cover that amazing vacation of your dreams.
- You had no idea what you wanted to do at age 18, but you’ve finally found a job you’re passionate about. But how to turn it into a career?
If you identify with any of the above, then it’s time for you to go back to school and earn that degree that could potentially make a difference in your income, your job satisfaction, and even your behaviors.
The last factor doesn’t get as much press as income improvement and the career opportunities that come with a college education. But according to Education Pays 2013 by The College Board, college graduates are less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise. They spend more time volunteering, more time with their kids, and they’re more likely to vote.
Going Back To College Increases Earnings Potential
The College Board report also reinforces numerous other studies about the income impact of a college degree. Over the course of a lifetime, those with bachelor’s degrees will earn $1.65 for every $1 someone with just a high school diploma brings in.
Though working adults sometimes hesitate to go back to the classroom out of fear of standing out among fresh high school graduates, you will not be alone.
According to a report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, more than 47 percent of current U.S. college students are over 25. The enrollment in online classes skews even older. According to EdTech magazine, only 19 percent of online students are age 18-24. Most online students work full-time, too, according to EdTech, which means they know what it takes to have a life while going to school. And they can help you achieve that same balance.
Educated Workers Are Happier Workers
As far as job satisfaction, the data on that are clear, too. A 2014 survey of more than 2,000 young adults by Pew Research Center found that up to 86 percent of Millennial college graduates say their job is a career or a stepping-stone to a career, while 42 percent of high school graduates regard their work as just a job that gets them by.
So is it time to go back to college? For many today, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Online colleges such as Ashford University make it convenient and affordable. And above all, remember that it’s never too late. Lauren Scheer earned her MBA later in life. And 61 year old Wayne Shems earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management while launching a green technology company.
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Written by Ashford University staff