Studying as an Adult- Back to School
by Waller Jamison
Most people hope that their days of studying are over once
they leave school or college, but with the way in which the world of work is changing, today's young people can
expect to have to retrain 7 times.
And those who are a bit older will find they have a lot of
catching up to do if they are contemplating a change of career or a return to work after bringing up a
However, on the positive side, there are now many new
opportunities for study and training. Starting college in your 30s, 40s or older is no longer unusual and there is
plenty of support available for students who haven't opened a textbook or written an essay for
There are options to suit every lifestyle - evening classes,
modular courses, distance learning, online learning, day-release courses - making it possible to fit studying
around childcare or a full-time job.
The first step in planning your course is to find out exactly
what you need for your chosen career or business. There are many new colleges springing up both on and offline and
it's important to be sure you make the right choice. You need to be sure that the qualifications are accepted by
the industry you wish to enter or will give you the best possible chance when setting up your
If you haven't studied for a long time, the prospect may seem
daunting, but you don't have to throw yourself into a full time course or work towards a degree
Here are some study tips which will help ease you back into
learning and some ideas to make your reading more effecient and if you want to speed it up, here are some
If you can't afford to go to college full-time, you can earn
your degree online at a wide choice of universities, many of them already established in the real world, whilst
others operate only in cyberspace.
Whatever your situation, you'll need to find a way to finance
your studies and if you haven't got enough in your savings account or a well-enough paid job, you'll need to
investigate the possibilities.
And once you have started your course, you'll have to get to
grips with study skills and will benefit from our Basic Essay Writing Guide and information on effective essay
Studying might also mean training to gain a new skill in a
vocational area or a transferable skill such as improving written and oral communication or learning how to give a
If you don't feel you want to go back to school, take a look
at alternatives to