Think You're Too Old to Go Back to College? Think Again.

Back to college

Retirement doesn’t have to mean sitting at home or gardening in the backyard. For some people, that could get boring fast.

The average age for retirement in the United States is 61, which has gone up from 57 just 20 years ago, according to Gallup's Economy and Personal Finance survey. This statistic doesn’t necessarily mean older Americans are forced to work. In many cases, they choose to work in order to stay active.

Learn Something New

If you’re getting close to retirement, think about going back to college to learn something new.

The pursuit of college learning after retirement brings new opportunities. If you’ve successfully held a career without ever earning a degree, the chance to finally walk across a stage at commencement, wearing a graduation gown and a mortarboard in front of friends and family will show just how much you’ve accomplished in your life. For others, the retirement years give them time to take advanced classes in their career field. Many then turn this education into an encore career consulting with businesses – without the stress of needing to work full-time again. It gives you the chance to set your own hours, working when you want and as much as you want, which many can’t afford in their early careers.

Embracing Technology

How are seniors going back to school? Some enter brick and mortar classrooms, while others are embrace virtual learning through online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Online programs work so well for retirees returning to school because they can learn on their time and from anywhere in the world. Many people retire so they will have time to travel and visit with family, and they appreciate the flexibility online programs give them in scheduling their coursework.

Seniors can use several applications that are simple to set up and learn, giving seniors the chance to pursue a new bachelor’s degree. For example, there’s Ashford Mobile, a app for smartphones or tablets, that lets you connect to coursework, follow and participate in discussions, chat with your fellow classmates, check grades, connect with instructors, access the Ashford library, and more. Plus, Ashford’s Constellation platform replaces paper textbooks with digital content, including audio and video files. Constellation lets you make notes and highlight your text. And you can take virtual follow-up tests to see how much you remember. If the professor wants to include a video for you to watch, it’s right there in the interface, so you don’t have to download anything.

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Learning and Teaching

Retirees bring a new perspective to class, as they’ve already earned a lot of work and life experience. This new perspective gives younger students a chance to evaluate their life choices. Plus, they can use retirees’ wisdom to review potential career opportunities awaiting them after graduation.

There are myriad ways retirees can enjoy their retirement years, and the idea of going back to college for a new degree or simply to take appealing courses is becoming more popular in the baby boomer generation. To learn more about online education courses with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees available for seniors, visit Ashford University.

Written by Ashford University staff

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