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One Mom's Moxie: Returning to School as an Adult: What You Should Know

Monday, September 15, 2014

Returning to School as an Adult: What You Should Know

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Going back to school is one of the best things that you can do as an adult if you want to advance in your career or make more money in your workplace. Taking the time to get a degree or get a more advanced degree can also make it easier to find a job in a difficult economy. However, before you go back to school as an adult, there are some things that you need to know and consider about the process. Use this brief guide to help you learn everything you should understand before enrolling in classes.

Consider Online Degree Programs

Getting back into going to class can be difficult as an adult. In fact, if you have a job and children, it can be downright impossible to commute to and from work, take the kids where they need to go and go to and from classes. That’s why so many adults who want to go back to school end up in online degree programs. When you enroll in an online degree program from a reputable school, you can take classes from home or your office on your computer. Some classes even allow you to tailor your schedule to your needs.

The Benefits of an Advanced Degree

Getting an advanced degree like an MBA from a reputable school like Pepperdine can help you earn considerably more in your career. For most people, that’s the number one reason to go back to school. However, getting your MBA from an online program can also help you to stay relevant in a difficult job market. After all, MBA degree holders are going to get hired before individuals who are simply holding a BA, especially in a corporate environment where the focus is on growing the business all the time.

Slow and Steady

You’ve heard the expression ‘slow and steady wins the race. When it comes to taking classes online, sometimes the best thing you can do as an adult is to make sure you take classes slowly so you don’t burn out. Trying to work at the same time and take care of kids can be really difficult, so consider your course load immediately when you enroll. It can be easy to think that you can take a handful of classes and get your degree quickly, but you’ll need time for life too. You’ll also need to sleep! So make sure you don’t invest too much time unless you’re able to stop working while going back to school.